Highlights

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Bioeconomy beyond statistics

Clear facts about bioeconomy help decision makers form a clearer picture of their own performance and create ambitious, yet realistic goals for their bioeconomy. Facts provide a solid base for a regional strategy. This sounds very simple, but that is not the case.
In January 2019, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk hosted 9th Strategic Project Development Workshop “The Power of Culture & Creative Sectors to increase Youth Participation in the BSR – Supporting the Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp in Summer 2019”co-organized by EUSBSR PA Culture.
The year 2019 is a big year for the EU in many ways: the EU elections will take place in May, and the Union needs to also negotiate for post 2020 and the update of the multiannual financial framework. As EUSBSR is an EU Strategy, all these are relevant for those working with macro-regions, and not least because of the updating process of EUSBSR Action Plan taking place during 2019.
Norway is closely linked to Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and has taken active part in Baltic Sea Region cooperation on national, regional and local level for many years. Norway is also closely linked to EU through the EEA agreement and supports the economic, social and sustainable development of the BSR among others through the EEA and Norwegian financial instruments.
Seminar on the subject "Development of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) integrated multimodal transport links with third counties" was held in Vilnius on 8 October 2018 with the aim to facilitate implementation of actions anticipated in the EUSBSR Policy Area Transport Action Plan on the improvement of transport cooperation with the third countries.
In September, four new flagships were approved in the National Coordinators' meeting. The actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region are implemented by means of Flagships. Flagships demonstrate the progress of the Strategy, and may serve as pilot examples for desired action in a given field. We interviewed the projects and asked what the status means to them.
Monday, 29 October 2018

5 ways to make the most of manure

The sun lovers of the Baltic Sea countries were bathed in the much awaited heat wave in summer 2018. But too often the perfect summer day at the beach or sailing boat was spoilt by toxic blue green algae in the sea. In many coastal countries, emotions ran high on traditional and social media to find the culprits to the algae overload. Manure was one of the accused.
The period of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) promotion campaign (marked with #EUSBSRBetterTogether) has been an exciting time for Baltic TRAM, a project which is part of the Baltic Science Link flagship of the Policy Area Innovation.
Made of Courage is a short video series produced by the PA Bioeconomy. The series consists of five videos telling stories of people driving the development of the bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. It celebrates entrepreneurial spirit, disruptive innovation and those who challenge the use of fossil and artificial resources by creating viable options that already work.
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