The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its work with innovation and smart specialisation are discussed in a seminar in Oslo, Norway on 25 April 2018.

The seminar aims at giving input to the regional reform process in Norway and highlighting smart specialisation and the experiences with S3-strategies in the Baltic Sea region. One purpose is also to inform Norwegian actors’ possibilities for more active engagement and participation on the arenas and in concrete project activities in the Baltic Sea Region.

The seminar is targeted to representatives from Norwegian regions working with regional planning and development, international cooperation and actors involved in innovation, digitalisation and smart specialisation from national and regional level in Norway. However, participants from the whole Baltic Sea Region are welcome to join.

Find more information about the programme and registration link available here.

 

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The seminar is organised in the framework of the "Let's communicate!" project. One of the tasks of the project is to promote the EUSBSR in Norway. 

Is your organisation participating in an EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? Would you like to cooperate with Russia or the EU Eastern Partnership countries? Organisations based in Sweden can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute.

The Swedish Institute has opened a call to offer Swedish actors support for the inclusion of actors from Russia or the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership in a current EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The funding aims at creating conditions for mutual and long-term cooperation between actors in Sweden and other EU countries in the Baltic Sea Region as well as Russia and the countries of the EU's Eastern Partnership. The goal is also that the programme countries will receive increased knowledge about and access to EU structures and networks. This will strengthen the opportunities for long-term international cooperation as well as give ongoing EU projects / flagships a broader approach and a new dimension.

 

Basic facts:

  • The call closes 17 April 2018.
  • The main applicant has to be based in Sweden.
  • The application must include at least two actors in two different countries eligible for support, one of which is Sweden (as main applicant).
  • The application must be linked to a current EU project where one of the parties involved is the Swedish applicant. Alternatively, the application may be linked to a flagship under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region where the Swedish applicant is involved.
  • A project may run for no longer than 2 years.
  • A project can apply for up to SEK 350.000 for a 1-year project and up to SEK 700.000 for a 2-year project.
  • The funding is available for actors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine.

 

More information in Swedish / in English

 

Contacts at the Swedish Institute:

Annika Claesson, +46 8 453 78 58, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Katrine Larsen, +46 8 453 79 62, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camilla Wristel, +46 8 453 79 67, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, organized a seminar on the issues of implementation and communication of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and its importance. This macro-regional strategy addresses the challenges of the prosperity, transport, ecology and security of the region.

 

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 The seminar "Baltic Sea Region Strategy in Lithuania: Own or Foreign" was organised on March 9 2018 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. In the seminar, it was emphasised that cooperation between different actors is necessary for succesful implementation of the EUSBSR. It is also important to spread information and share examples of good practices and succes stories. International cooperation was recognised as a mean to achieve more and better results for the region.

 

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During the seminar, there was active discussion on possibilites of different actors to contribute to the implementation and promotion of the EUSBSR. In addtion, some issues and difficulties were highlighted, for example, how to improve the involvement of municipalities in the implementation of the Strategy.

In conclusion, all participants generally agreed that it is necessary to publicize achieved results and raise awareness of the EUSBSR in Lithuania, both in public and private sectors.

 

Read more about the seminar in the press release attached.

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Ministers of the Environment and High-Level Representatives of the nine Baltic coastal countries and the European Union met on 6 March in Brussels to agree on new commitments for the Baltic marine environment.

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A ministerial declaration welcomes, among others, the joint HELCOM-UNESCO-EUSBSR status report on pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment as well as the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) regional cooperation platform to reduce pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea.

The many successful cooperation projects developed with partners in the region, including under the EUSBSR, as well as different projects within the cross-border cooperation programmes are welcomed.

The countries commit to continue the constructive cooperation with actors and to endeavour to ensure synergies between the priorities of the Baltic Sea Action Plan and, among other frameworks, the EUSBSR Action Plan.

The declaration is available at HELCOM website.

 

The National Coordinators (NC-group) met on 6 February at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia. This was the third NC-group meeting under the Estonian Chair. The NC-group welcomed the new Danish National Coordinator, Mr Morten Skovgaard Hansen.

Future of EUSBSR Communication Strategy

At last meeting, the NC-group suggested that the "Let´s Communicate!" project will lead the process of renewing the EUSBSR Communication Strategy. The NC-group considered that the document should be of more strategic and permanent nature. The “Let’s communicate!” project consortium is willing to function as the core “task force” responsible for the planning and for writing the Communication Strategy.

Preparations for EUSBSR 2018 & 2019 Annual Fora

The Estonian hosts briefed the NC-group about the state-of-play of the preparations for the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2018. The call for seminars had raised high interest with more than 50 received proposals. As this exceeds the capacity, organisers will select 21 seminar proposals. The registration for participants will start in mid-April. 

In the meeting, the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2019 was also discussed. It is planned on 12-13 June and will be organised by the Pomorskie region in Gdánsk, Poland. The envisaged main theme of the Annual Forum 2019 is  "Circular and sharing economy – answer to demographic challenges for the Baltic Sea Region".

Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) ceasing the role of PA Innovation coordinator

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) Secretariat informed in the beginning of February that it will not continue as the the coordinator for Policy Area Innovation after July 2018. The NCM has also taken a decision not to continue as manager of the flagship BSR Stars beyond the 31 July 2018. The changing situation and its impacts were discussed and the NC Chair will continue to inform and consult the NC-group about new developments.

New Flagship Approved

A new EUSBSR Flagship Project under the Horizontal Action Climate was approved: “Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth" (BioBIGG). Lead partner is Roskilde University in Denmark. The project is financed by Interreg South Baltic programme and it lasts until 2020.

 

Next NC-group meeting will be taking place during the second half of April. The last meeting during Estonian Chairmanship is planned for 6 June 2018 in Tallinn after the Annual Forum.

 

Read the whole NC-group meeting report here.

 

As regional identity is one of the priorities of CBSS, it is now calling for projects that focus either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth. Call is open from 15 February – 31 March 2018.

 

Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The focus is to improve and strengthen the particpation and influence of children and young people and strenghten their regional identity.

Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences are welcome.

To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

More information on the CBSS website.