Save the date: INTERCONNECT Mid-term conference in Elblag 4/5th Sep 2019

We are pleased to inform you that the Mid-term conference will take place in Elblag on 4th of September 2019 (only for the Project Partners and Association Partners) as a joint event with the Warmia-Mazuria conference on the 5th of September.

We welcome all to join us for the conference on the 5th, please see the agenda below.

Agenda of the meeting:
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Baltic Leadership Programme on PFAS

Dear ERB Water Core Group Members, 

Please see the information we’ve received from the Swedish Institute. This year they are organizing another Baltic Leadership Programme (BLP) on Per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They are very contaminated fluorochemicals, with a significant threat to the drinking water and water systems. Fire foams, all kind of sprays,  even takeaway boxes (e.g. pizza packages) or skivaxs often contain PFAS. Municipalities and regions have a tremendous responsibility in the direct implementation/usage of such substance. However, there is deficient awareness of that. I enclose the concept note of BLP on  PFAS. 

Conditions to apply and participate are similar to previous BLP programmes, only this time only specific target audience has been informed about the programme, including our Water Core Group.

SI BLP programmes enable the formation of expert-networks and provide great experts and knowledge. SI covers all costs of the modules, accommodation, food, etc.. However, SI expect that participants pay their travel to the physical modules.

For full module concept and programme please contact Magda from the IPS: magda.rzucidlo@euroregionbaltic.eu

IMPORTANT: SI they expect all applications form no later than 15 August attached with a CV written in English and then the final participants will be chosen.

Interreg South Baltic Workshop Session on The European Week of Regions and Cities 2019!

Dear Partners and Friends,

On behalf of the Interreg South Baltic Programme Joint Secretariat Team, we are forwarding an invitation to their Workshop Session on The European Week of Regions and Cities 2019!

JS are organizing this workshop together with the Interreg Italy-France (Maritime) Programme, which will give all of us the opportunity to exchange across our regions.

What we offer you in our workshop

Smaller regions and cities with the support of Cooperation Programmes have co-developed joint solutions together with strong innovation-oriented actors such as universities, incubators or science and technology parks in cross-border cooperation.

After achieving many valuable results we are not at the end of this journey. In group work, all participants of the workshop will identify future challenges in their home regions. All participants will be invited to join the discussions and contribute their own experiences, future challenges and possible ideas.

The results from the discussions will be presented to the Programming Committee creating the next Programme Period 2021-2027 of the Interreg South Baltic Programme.

Please find more information and the workshop’s program here on our website.

Please find the program as well attached to this email.

Registration available here.

Important! Create your EU Login before registering! (Click on EU Login in the upper right corner of the EURegionsWeek’s website.)
As there are limited seats on the Workshop Session, we recommend registering as soon as possible! We recommend making travel arrangements as soon as possible, as prices are rising.

We recommend registering as well for other sessions, as this year’s program of the EURegionsWeek is very interesting!

For more information contact the JS Team!

Joint Secretariat  |  Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014 – 2020

Al. Grunwaldzka 186  |  80-266 Gdańsk, Poland

Tel: +48 58 746 38 55 |  Fax: +48 58 761 00 30

Email: southbaltic@southbaltic.eu | www.southbaltic.eu

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Save the date for the Interreg South Baltic Annual Event 2019 – Let’s share and learn!

On 24-25 of September the 4th South Baltic Programme Annual Event will take place in Ostróda, a city located in the western part of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship in Poland. This year, the annual meeting will be dedicated to sharing experiences and learning from each other about important issues reaching the final stage of projects’ implementation.

Last year around 150 participants from different countries and institutions took part in the event in Klaipeda, Lithuania. This year we anticipate again a high interest as the Annual Event 2019 will give us an opportunity to meet across the exciting South Baltic projects!

Therefore, we invite project partners, representatives of local and regional authorities, scientists, researchers, businesses, NGOs, politicians interested in the fields of green technologies, environmental protection, maritime industry, labour market, sustainable tourism and transport.

The first day – networking, capitalisation and social activities

On the first day networking activities, seminars and discussions will give us an insight into the important issue of capitalisation. To strengthen and create new cooperation networks we, of course, took care of social activities.

The second day – communication, durability, future challenges and expectations

On the second day, two sessions of parallel workshops will be led by invited experts, Regional Contact Points and the Joint Secretariat team. You will have the opportunity to exchange with other experienced project partners on issues such as sustainability of results, the upcoming Programme Period and challenges in intercultural cooperation.

 You can find the  agenda for the detailed Event Programme on the SouthBaltic website here:
https://southbaltic.eu/-/save-the-date-for-the-interreg-south-baltic-annual-event-2019-let-s-share-and-learn-

The registration will be opened by the end of July. As the number of participants is limited, hold your travel arrangements until getting the confirmation of registration.

Stay tuned and see you in Ostróda this Autumn!!!

Euroregion Baltic at the IX Kaliningrad partner – regions Forum

The IX Kaliningrad partner – regions Forum took place in Kaliningrad on 18-19 June 2019. Among participant there were Vice-Governor of the Kaliningrad region Mr. A.Rolbinov, Chair of the Kaliningrad region Duma Ms. M. Orgeeva, Ambassador-at-large of the MFA of Russia Mr. M. Vanin, Deputy EU Ambassador to Russia Ms. A.Simkic, director of the Department of Development and Foreign Economic Affairs of the Ministry for Economic Development of Russia Ms. L. Schur-Trukhanovich and other officials.

More than 300 participants from Poland, Lithuania, Belorussia, Germany, Norway, Latvia and the regions of Russia (Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg,  Archangelsk, Novgorod, Pskov, the Leningrad region and the Komi Republic) took part in the plenary session and thematic sections, discussed practical aspects of regional cooperation in various spheres.

Mr A. Rolbinov in his speech on behalf of the Governor of the Kaliningrad region said: “The Forum is organized on an annual basis which proves the interest of all participating parties in building partnership relations. One of the good examples of such long-term interaction is the implementation of the Cross-border cooperation Programmes “Poland – Russia” and “Lithuania – Russia”. At the moment the contraction of projects is going on, and the interesting fact is that most of them are aimed at tourism development and cultural heritage preservation.

Representatives of the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic

The Vice-Governor also reminded participants about the forthcoming launch of the free E-visas mechanism for foreign citizens planning to visit the Kaliningrad region: “There will be an opportunity to apply for a visa at the special website and to get entry notice in just  4 days. The E-visa is free and the term of stay is 8 days”.

The Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Mr M. Vanin also welcomed the participants: “During some previous years the Forum became an important regional event. It gives impulse to further development of international cooperation between the Kaliningrad region and European countries. Achieving success in establishing regional and municipal links we develop trust between the neighbouring countries. We want the Baltic Sea region to be sustainable and prosperous. The Forum contributes to working out coordinates for practical actions. Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now participation in preparations for launching processes of agreeing on programs for the next financial period 2021-2027”.

A number of pan-baltic organizations were presented including the Euroregion Baltic and BSSSC – Kaliningrad Region is an active partner in both of them. Also, there was a presentation of the outcomes from the recent Baltic Sea Youth Camp organized in Gdańsk, Poland jointly by the: BSSSC, Euroregion Baltic, Union of Baltic Cities and co-financed by the CBSS.

Presentation of the Euroregion Baltic
Youth voice with comments and ideas straight after the Baltic Sea Youth Camp

Several agreements were signed during the Forum. Among them two grant contracts for the implementation of the large-scale strategic projects within the Cross-border cooperation Programme “Poland – Russia”: construction of the bikeway from Zelenogradsk to Svetlogorsk and construction of the wharf in the Svetliy municipality.

Participation Day 2019 and UMBRELLA mid-term conference in Gdańsk!

Almost 100 participants from Baltic Sea Region NGOs, academia, municipalities and various transnational projects joined us on 11th June 2019 in Gdansk to take part in 3rd Participation Day.

This years event was organized jointly by the EUSBSR HA Capacity coordinators, Umbrella project, which is led by the Euroregion Baltic, and Union of the Baltic Cities. We invited the stakeholders to come and share their project ideas for future cooperation possibilities in our region.

Please see below the list of projects sent to the organisers and discussed during the event:

  1. Innovations for a circular and socially coherent economy (25)
  • Waste Management and handling Household Waste in the BSR (Sweden)
  • Baltic Sea clusters network for innovation in the maritime industry (Poland)
  • Remote sensing of marine plastic pollution (Poland)
  • Smart Regions 4.0 (Poland)
  • Biking South Baltic – More Emotion (Poland)
  1. Urban mobility – smart and sustainable (7)
  2. Antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea Region environment (6)
  • Operational consortium (Poland)
  1. Competence supply (12)
  • SECiSo – supported education to re-integrate early school leavers (Sweden)
  • STEAM –  increasing the attractiveness of science and technology (Finland)
  • Digital employment – how digital solutions can be used for workers’ continue learning (Finland)
  • EduPython (Poland)
  1. Other proposals (for example; access to clean water, green technologies, rural development) (17)
  • Baltic Cultural Strategy Network – forming a network of those cities in the BSR that have been European Capital of Culture (Sweden)
  • Application of satellite data for environment management (Poland)
  • Enhancing stakeholder participation in the EUSBSR by honing their sustainability skills (Poland)
  • Changes in agricultural production due to climate change (Poland)
  • ESTLAT harbours (Latvia)
  • Coastal hiking (Latvia)
  • Vertical wind power-stations (Poland)
  • Studio visit (Poland).

At first, participants were welcomed by the Vice Marshal of the pomorskie Region and ERB Board Member – Mr Wiesław Byczkowski, followed by Anders Bergstrom, representing both HA Capacity and PA Education as their coordinator. He also explained the concept of Participation Day. They were followed by three inspirational speeches from the representatives of 3 different sectors:

Public sector
Mr. Mikko Lohikoski, Union of the Baltic Cities


• Private sector
Mr. Tomasz Szymczak, Starter Incubator and Gdańsk Entrepreneurship Foundation (ppt here: Participation Day Gdańsk Tomasz Szymczak


• 3rd sector
Ms. Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Euroregion Baltic (ppt here: PD2019 MagdaLeszczynaRzucidloEuroregionBaltic)

After a short break, Anders Bergström, Horizontal Action Coordinator, HA Capacity presented RU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in brief – presentation here: EUSBSR_HA_CAP_Participation_Day_2019_Gdansk_20190611 

All five workshops are linked to the overall theme of the Annual Forum addressing the growing challenges such as depopulation, ageing, migrations, new production and consumption models, but also new social, cultural, mobility and labour market patterns, which influence our everyday behaviours and attitudes. The introduction by the PA and HA Coordinators provided an overview of existing development processes in the five thematic areas including possibilities to take part in existing
development processes.
1. Innovations for a circular and socially coherent economy – Ms Esa Kokkonen, PA INNO
2. Urban mobility – smart and sustainable
3. Antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals in the BSR environment) PA Health Hazards – AMR and pharmaceuticals in BSR region
4. Competence supply – Daria Akhutina, CBSS
5. Other proposals (for example; access to clean water, green technologies, rural development –  full list of the projects is attached here: EUSBSR_Participation_Day_2019_PROJECTS)

Thank you to all the #UMBRELLA partners for being with us in Gdansk and thank you to all the participants for fruitful discussion, lots of great ideas and fantastic networking sessions!

As for the Participation Day concept – we will see you next year in Finland!

UMBRELLA project 2nd Awareness Raising Event in Denmark

On Europe Day, 9th May, UMBRELLA project held its second Awareness Raising Event. What better occasion to talk about EU opportunities for municipalities and educational institutions? These were the main focus groups of the conference that took place in Sorø, a small municipality located in the core of Region Zealand and perfect location to gather stakeholders from all the surroundings The host was Guldborgsund Municipality, represented by our Umbrella’s partners Anna Topp Gustavsen and Frede Danborg, and by the Mayor John Brædder, who spent some welcoming words to provide an overview of the region’s affairs and projects. Co-organizer of the event was CELF- Centre for Vocational Educational Lolland- Falster, represented by Claus Brandt Kristensen.

What was the scope of our Awareness Raising Event? Well, as you might know, Umbrella is committed to increase capacity among local actors in the South Baltic Sea and to do so, information stands at the basis of all our activities. After the first ARE, held in Gdansk in June 2018, many things happened but there’s always need to meet new people and improve the networking, covering all the regions where our partners are located.

Very good point in our ARE was the presentation conducted by “Greater Copenhagen EU Office”, represented by Jesper Blaabjerg Holm who talked about EU funding opportunities, with some hints for the future programming period 2021-2027.

The afternoon session was marked by three parallel workshops on:

  • Renewable Energy, with focus on biomass and biogas thanks to the participation of the Energy Agency for the southeast Sweden and Gate 21 (DK)
  • Cultural Cooperation, that gathered a group from cultural centres and museums that came up with ideas for further cooperation
  • Educational cooperation, moderated by CELF representatives.

Please see all the presentations below:

We hope that the numerous occasions of networking during this day laid the basis for further collaboration and that participants will feel inspired to follow our next events and activities in fall!

Adventures of the ERB Ivy volunteers

Hi everyone!

Here are Milena and Danilo, two young Italian Ivy volunteers (lost) in Poland.

No, we didn’t know each other before and we are not doing the same project. Actually we don’t even live in the same city.

But last week there was a very interesting event in Gdansk, the “Communication Training for project manager”, organized by the South Baltic Interreg, and we have met there.

We couldn’t stop to talk about our different experiences:

I am an Interreg Project Partner the at International Permanent Secretariat Euroregion Baltic in Elblag, while Danilo is an Interreg Reporter at Joint Secretariat INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC PROGRAMME, in Gdansk.

What does it means?

Well, in few words, Danilo is mainly involved in communication and dissemination of information concerning INTERREG projects, cross-border cooperation and so on;

Regarding me,  instead, my tasks are more related to support and implement 2 INTERREG projects: CaSYPot, which aims is to find a common Youth Strategy among the Baltic Regions, and InterConnect, which focuses on new and more efficient public transport services.

Where do we live?

We are both in Poland; Danilo lives in Gdansk, one of the largest cities in Poland, on the Baltic Sea. It’s an international city, full of students, tourists and young people. There is a river that goes into the city centre, which reminds me of Navigli in Milano, just to give you an idea.

I live in Elblag, not far from Gdansk. Ok, we don’t have the sea, but we have beautiful parks and forests. When the weather is nice I go with my super-bike among trees and wild vegetation.

What’s next?

Honestly, we don’t know exactly, but for sure this experience has brought us a lot. We are both thinking of staying in Poland for the future, or maybe for a few years.

Danilo has even managed to learn a bit of Polish, which, believe me, is not easy at all!

We want to say thanks to IVY for this experience, thanks to Euroregion Baltic International Permanent Secretariat and Joint Secretariat Interreg South Baltic Programme to host us,

we are learning a lot from You, from the organizations and from the people are behind them.

Register for the IX Kaliningrad Partner Regions Forum (18-19 June 2019, Kaliningrad)

Our Partner Region invites all the ERB Members and Stakeholders to participate in the event organized by the Agency for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of the Kaliningrad Region – IX Partner Regions Forum in Kaliningrad, which will happen on 18-19th June.

The first Kaliningrad Partner Regions Forum was organized in the Kaliningrad Region in 2008. Thereafter this event became the annual one. The Forum is the international meeting providing the opportunity for the regional actors with a large number of participants to discuss international and international collaboration, gained experience and results of cooperation, consider new plans and propose new activities. The Forum is organized by the Government of the Kaliningrad Region.

You can download the programme below:

Traditionally the Forum hosts the representatives of Russian region, partner regions of the Kaliningrad Region, including the ones from Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, Belorussia, also the Government of the Kaliningrad Region invites the representatives of the Federal Ministries of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Lithuania. Annually the Forum gathers about 300 participants.

The actual topics of common development are discussed at the Forum round tables, over the years the different issues of entrepreneurship, tourism, ecology etc. have been discussed. It has been already become a good tradition to discuss international programs and projects within the Forum. Typically this round table enjoys popularity among the Forum participants.

The additional formal events often are organized on the sidelines of the Forum, e.g. signing of documents on international and interregional cooperation. Also the meetings of the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Program Lithuania-Poland-Russia 2007-2013, the meetings of the Joint Programming Committee of the Program Poland-Russia 2014-2020 took place on the sidelines of the Forum.

Venue 
IX Kaliningrad Partner Regions Forum will be organized in Kaliningrad on June 18-19, 2019 in the conference halls of the Hotel Radisson (Pobedy sq., 10). The opening session will start at 10.00 a.m. on June 18. Information on the conference halls can be found in the Forum program and at the registration desk.

Hotels  
The Agency for Agency for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of the Kaliningrad Region organizing this Forum recommends the participants to book the room in the hotels:

Crystal House :сайт(promocode FORUM)
Radisson : link
Mercure: link
Kaliningrad : link

Moskva : link

The participants of the Forum can also book the rooms in other hotels.

Contacts In case of question, please contact us by telephone +7 (4012)599-261 or e-mail: e.russu@gov39.ru.  


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