In December 2016, the Lithuanian Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) launched a survey in order to map Baltic Sea Region-wide academic and researchers' mobility trends. It is one of the most visible actions of the Baltic Science Network's dynamic work. If Baltic Science Network´s national workshops provided a qualitative dimension to the drafting of transnational academic and research mobility tools, then survey led by MOSTA will ensure a quantifiable basis for the Baltic Science Network's drafted policy recommendations.

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We have the technology, we have the knowledge. What we need now is an innovative, visionary and multidisciplinary leadership! These topics will be discussed in the Baltic Sea Future Congress in Stockholm on 6-7 March 2017.

Baltic Sea Future will address the challenges in the Baltic Sea region, focusing on the key role of municipalities. The Baltic Sea is loved, needed and polluted, and municipalities are the hubs who can coordinate interests, engage local citizens, turn scientific results into action, and handle the challenges to create a sustainable future for the Baltic Sea.

Inauguration and welcome speech by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria, UN appointed Sustainable Development Goals Advocate.

Selections of speakers:

Johan Rockström, Professor, Stockholm University and Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Per Espen Stoknes, PhD, BI Center for Climate strategy, Director of Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School.
Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, HELCOM.

More information on the congress website.

The third call of Central Baltic Programme for project applications is now open!

The call is open in all four priorities and all specific objectives. Applications need to be submitted by 27 February. 

More information about the Programme and the call on Central Baltic Programme's website.

 

On 16 December the European Commission has published the first ever single report on the implementation of all four Macro-regional Strategies.

The report provides an assessment of the state of implementation of the current strategies and takes stock of the main results achieved to date. It draws lessons from the experience gained so far and presents a number of recommendations on possible developments of the strategies and their action plans, also in the light of the future cohesion policy. 


Clear added value by the Macro-regional Strategies

Overall the implementation of the four EU macro-regional strategies, covering 19 EU Member States and 8 non-EU countries, has generated stronger interest in and awareness of the European territorial cooperation and territorial cohesion and its added value. They have led to increased coordination and strengthened cooperation in certain areas (e.g. navigability, energy, climate change) and between countries concerned, as well as intensified cooperation with non-EU countries, bringing them closer to the EU. Strategies have also contributed to shaping policy, implementation of existing legislation and a deeper dialogue between different actors. 


Challenges to overcome

However, the strategies have not shown yet their full potential and certain challenges still need to be overcome. Greater ownership and responsibility need to be retained by Member States who initiated the strategies; effectiveness of governance systems needs to be improved; relevant existing funding sources (EU, regional, national) need to be better coordinated. The report also underlines the importance of administrative resources and capacity to deliver the set objectives. 

 

The report is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Document which provides more detailed information concerning the state of implementation of each macro-regional strategy, as well as specific recommendations. 

Read more on the backgroung and the report on the Commission website!

The EUSBSR YouTube channel includes now over 30 short interviews with the Strategy Forum participants and 13 videos from the main seminars of the Forum.

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For instance, the key note speeches by Prime Ministers Löfven and Sipilä and by the Commissioner Corina Cretu are all filmed.

Some videos from the Baltic Development Forum Summit are also included.

The videos are provided by the Swedish Institute.

Go to EUSBSR YouTube channel.

 

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ("EASME") has launched a call for proposals with a view to concluding grant agreements to develop and promote transnational touristic thematic routes and transnational thematic tourism products in the fields of nautical tourism and water sports tourism.

The deadline for the proposals is 15 March 2017.

The action supports the implementation of sea basin strategies and regional approaches, notably in the Atlantic (Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic Area), the Baltic Sea (EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region), the Adriatic-Ionian Seas (EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region), the Black Sea Synergy and the Mediterranean (BLUEMED).

More information on EASME's website.