The National Coordinators (NC-group) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) met on 26 September at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia. This was the first NC-group meeting of the Estonian Chair, taking over the role from Sweden. 

Themes of the Estonian Chairmanship

In the meeting a report of the Chairmanship of Sweden (from mid-2016 to mid-2017) was discussed after which the focus was shifted to the Estonian Chairmanship: during the following year the future of the EUSBSR as part of larger EU policy developments will be of crucial importance and the key stakeholders of the EUSBSR should be involved in the debates concerning future Cohesion Policy Framework, for example.

Annual Forum 2018

Preparations of the Annual Forum in Tallinn on June 2018 were presented to other NCs by the Estonian Chair. The website of the Annual Forum is now open. Main topics of the Annual Forum 2018 are "the EUSBSR and Cohesion Policy after 2020", "the EUSBSR and the Digital World" as well as "the EUSBSR and Maritime Environment".

Open call for parallel seminar organiser will most probably open in early 2018 and the programme of the Forum should be published in April. Also registration to the Annual Forum will open around April.

Three new Flagships approved

The National Coordinators supported three new EUSBSR Flagships in their meeting. All three Flagships work under Policy Area Secure:

ECoHuCy – Enablement besides Constraints: Human Security and a Cyber Multi-Disciplinary Framework in the European High North
Balex Delta 2018
FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network

More information about the new Flagships will soon follow on the EUSBSR blog!

NC-group for more transparent communication

NC-group has decided in June 2017 to start publishing their meeting reports and other relevant document on the EUSBSR website to increase the transparency of the coordination of the EUSBSR. Also, a document establishing the Rules of Procedure has been adopted and it defines, among other things, the rotation of Chairmanship and the Annual Fora until 2025! 

See all the NC-group documents here.

From September 20-22 in Potsdam, Germany, the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) invited stakeholders from all over the Baltic Sea Region to discuss the Cohesion Policy and the future of the Baltic Sea Region under the title “Cohesion = Togetherness”.

Attachments:
Download this file (Conference Resolution 2017.pdf)BSSSC Conference Resolution 2017[ ]317 kB

Read more: EUSBSR important basis for BSSSC work

The 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will be organised in Tallinn on 4-5 June 2018!

Tallinn official banner with logos

The main theme of the 9th Annual Forum will be the Baltic Sea Region After 2020. The Forum will focus on how to improve the implementation of the EUSBSR in the framework of the future EU Cohesion Policy. It will also discuss the current state of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea as well as how to advance the Region as a global digital hub.

The Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in close cooperation with the European Commission.

Follow the event website and @EUSBSR Twitter for updates!

In April 2017 a network for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Programmes in the Baltic Sea countries was initiated. Baltic Sea Network for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (BSN–EAFRD) is initiated to facilitate and strengthen transnational cooperation in the EAFRD in order to invigorate the link between the EAFRD and the EUSBSR

Read more: PA Bioeconomy advancing cooperation between BSR Rural Development Programmes

Baltic TRAM project is offering companies in the Baltic Sea region free access to analytical research to help them in developing news products and services.

Companies selected for support will receive scientific advice tailored to their specific business needs. More precisely, they will be provided with free measurements of material samples on micro, nano- or molecular scale, and consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes. Through these services, companies will be able to upscale the knowledge of their materials’ properties and help improve their product portfolio or in-house manufacturing processes.

Read more: Open call for companies to access free analytical research

Six of the ten finalists for the European Capital of Innovation Award 2017 are from the Baltic Sea region countries.

The Baltic Sea region cities are Aarhus (DK), Berlin (DE), Copenhagen (DK), Helsinki (FI), Tallinn (EE) and Tampere (FI). The other finalists are Nice (FR), Paris (FR), Tel Aviv (IL) and Toulouse (FR). The winner will be announced on 7 November 2017 in Lisbon Web Summit.

Read more: Baltic Sea region well represented among finalists for European Capital of Innovation Award