Registration to the 8th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin on 13-14 June is now open!
The programme of the Annual Forum is also published. Registration will be open until 26 May or until the event is fully booked.
See the programme of the Annual Forum here.
More information and registration to the Annual Forum here.
Participation Day, which is organized for the first time on 13th June 2017, takes place back-to-back with the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin.
The aim of the event is to attract local and regional levels to take part in EUSBSR cooperation and present concrete project proposals and concepts. The event particularly hopes to attract, in addition to local and regional levels, representatives from civil society, academia, media and business.
The event is divided in three thematic groups: Sustainable tourism development; Education, research and employability and integration of refugees; and Involvement and cooperation. The participants have an opportunity to present their own project proposals in these thematic workshops.
The EUSBSR Participation Day is inspired by the Danube Participation Day, which has proven to be a successful event to attract new stakeholders to macro regional cooperation. The EUSBSR Participation Day is organized by the Horizontal Action Capacity’s coordinators in cooperation with the the states of Brandenburg ja Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
More information about the event and how to participate can be found below.
The deadline for registrations is 5th May 2017.
The Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been updated in March 2017.
Apart from a number of technical updates and corrections, main changes on substance concern a revised Policy Area Transport chapter and the inclusion of a new action on the integration of refugees in Policy Area Education.
In the governance chapter there is also a new section on the procedure to follow in the case of change of thematic coordinators.
Read the revised Action Plan here.
“Let´s Communicate!” –project organizes a seminar in Oslo on 27 April 2017. The focus lies especially in creating growth and jobs in the fields of culture, cultural heritage and creative industries.
The topic of the seminar is “Increased prosperity through culture”. This narrows down to two main objectives. First to look at the relationships between different types of organizations, networks and platforms and also the financial programs in the Baltic Sea region and the EUSBSR. The second main objective is to inform and discuss Norwegian actors possibilities for more active engagement and participation in the arenas and in concrete project activities in the Baltic Sea region.
The seminar is moderated by the Norwegian partner for “Let´s Communicate!” project, Eastern Norway County Network. The program consists of three presentations of the relevant base information and then of three parallel session digging deeper in to the three focal points culture, cultural heritage and creative industries.
Most of the programme and discussion will be in Norwegian.
See the event programme below and register to the event here.
More information: Ann Irene Sæternes, Eastern Norway County Network (ann-irene.saeternes(a)oppland.org)
A joint meeting of transport issues' Coordinators of the four EU Macro-regional Strategies was organised by INTERACT Programme in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 14-15 March.
The meeting was aiming at exchanging implementation know-how, practices and experiences in among the Coordinators. It provided an opportunity for an open and lively dialogue on the daily management and coordination governance questions. Issues such as governance structures, involvement on multi-level actors, alignment of funding and communications were discussed.
Read the report of the meeting on INTERACT wesbite.
Transport issues in the EUSBSR
Within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area (PA) Transport is responsible for the transport issues. PA Transport is coordinated by Sweden and Lithuania (see the contact information here) and currently there are four Flagships demonstarting the implementation of the EUSBSR in the field of transport issues:
- EMMA enhancing inland navigation,
- TENTacle focusing on transport corridors intersecting the Baltic Sea region,
- NSB CoRe improving the accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region to freight and passenger transport, and
- SCANDRIA®2ACT fostering clean, multimodal transport to increase connectivity and competitiveness of corridor regions.
A joint paper from nine regions covering different macro-regional strategies on how to improve embedding of the EU macro-regional strategies into the EU regulatory framework post 2020 was prepared under the initiative of Bavaria, current presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region.
In the position paper it is stated that a better embedding of Macro-regional Strategies (MRS) into EU policies post 2020 would improve the impact of MRS as a political framework. Operational programmes should thus be encouraged to better support Macro-regional projects.
Read the document below.
Almost 30 summary reports from the political seminars of the 7th EUSBSR Strategy Forum organised in Stockholm in November 2016 are now available on the event website alongside other materials and reports from the Forum.
The seminar reports have been written by Swedish Institute alumni and members of SI Network for Future Global Leaders. The reports are based on alumni's personal impressions and are views and observations of the individual writers.
Read the summary reports on Strategy Forum's website.
The list of ongoing Flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is updated. Three new Flagships were approved by the National Coordinators in February 2017.
One of the newly approved Flagships is "Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II" (WINMOS II), which aims to improve the efficiency, safety and environmental performance of winter navigation in the Baltic Sea. WINMOS II is a Flagship under Policy Area Safe.
Flagship "Developing an evaluation model to asses prevention measures" (EVAPREM) aims to improve assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of prevention measures implemented by rescue services in the Baltic Sea region. EVAPREM is a Flagship under Policy Area Secure.
Thirdly, "iWater - Improving urban planning by developming integrated and multifunctional storm water management in the Central Baltic cities" was approved as a Flaghsip under Horizontal Action Climate. iWater develops guidelines and tools for Integrated Storm Water Management (ISWM) and introduces good storm water management practices into urban planning processes.
Flagships are projects and processes that demonstrate successful implementation of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region.
INTERACT has published a report on the added value of macro-regional strategies from the perspective of projects and programmes.
As projects and programmes are tools for implementing macro-regional strategies, the report looks at what’s in it for them and what the macro-regional strategies offer to projects and programmes to stimulate win-win situations and push up the role of macro-regional strategies. The report offers also 31 project examples.
Read the report on INTERACT website.
BSSSC, Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation, has published a paper on EU Cohesion Policy post 2020 highlighting the importance of supporting Macro-regional Strategies with European funding.
According to the BSSSC paper, EU Macro-regional Strategies (MRS) are of high importance in gathering stakeholders from all sectors and levels of governance relevant for regional development. MRS offer the opportunity for tailor made solutions for regional challenges and contribute to European integration by stregthening cooperation structures.
BSSSC stresses in the paper that MRS depend on good access to European funding and that better coherence between strategies and programmes is essential e.g. for the success of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Read more about the BSSSC stands on the organisation's website or below.
BSSSC is a political network for decentralised authorities (subregions) in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum (BALTFISH) is a regional body providing a platform for discussion on important fisheries issues in the Baltic Sea. BALTFISH is originally a Flagship of the Policy Area Bioeconomy of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. BALTFISH was initiated in 2009.
In December 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the eight member states of the Baltic Sea Region and the status of BALTFISH changed from a Flagship into a permanent fisheries forum. Now BALTFISH is embedded into the everyday cooperation work of the Ministries of the region. It thus represents a permanent change brought about by an EUSBSR Flagship.
Read the final report of the BALTFISH Flagship below.
More about the current work of BALTFISH on e.g. HELCOM website.
The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office together with the Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission on 13 - 14 June 2017 in Berlin.
About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and business will discuss a broad range of issues relevant for the Baltic Sea Region.
The motto of the 8th Annual Forum is “connectivity”, highlighting the necessity to further intensify contacts throughout the whole Baltic Sea Region and to develop a better awareness of each other’s perspectives.
All information concerning the 8th Annual Forum is available on the EUSBSR website. The registration will open later during spring.
For further information please contact the Forum organisers.