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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
Urban mobility – smart and sustainable (7)
Antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea Region environment (6)
Operational consortium (Poland)
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)
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
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!
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
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:
Energy, with focus on biomass and biogas thanks to the participation of the
Energy Agency for the southeast Sweden and Gate 21 (DK)
Cooperation, that gathered a group from cultural centres and museums that came
up with ideas for further cooperation
cooperation, moderated by CELF representatives.
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
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
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.
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.
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:
The main topic of this year’s Forum is Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
The programme for the two-day event includes 19 seminars on a wide range of topics that support the thematic focus of the Forum. During the seminars, you will be able to see the potential for the development of the Circular Economy in the Baltic Sea Region in areas such as food, health, tourism, transport, cities, bioeconomy, industry, education, migrants, labour market and demography.
The Forum also offers the opportunity to participate in the Networking Village where participants can have a direct contact with those responsible for the work of EUSBSR.
The successful collaboration between organizations and people in the Baltic Sea Region requires broadest possible mobilization and participation of stakeholders in all respective countries. European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) requires strong bottom-up participation and a sense of “ownership” by various stakeholders. This applies to both policy shaping and practical implementation.
The participation of citizens and organizations at all governance levels, across sectors and across all borders is a prerequisite for the positive development of cooperation within the EU and an important part of the EU’s cohesion policy. Like previous years, even this year´s Participation Day is arranged In connection with the Annual Forum.
The Participation Day is an important opportunity for new stakeholders to get in touch with the cooperation within the EU and to meet colleagues who already have experience of EU cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.
Participation Day is a kind of marketplace where stakeholders can present their ideas, get feedback and guidance from the policy community enabling new stakeholders to participate in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Our aim is to reduce the step into the Strategy, making our guiding principle with multi-level governance and cross-sectorial cooperation a reality. We invite representatives of EUSBSR stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, academia, business and media, to the Participation Day in Gdansk.
This year’s Participation Day focuses on four thematic areas
• Innovations for a circular and socially coherent economy
• Urban mobility – smart and sustainable
• Antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea Region environment
• Competence supply.
The UMBRELLA project team and HA Capacity as the organisers will do their best to ensure that as many different organisations/networks as possible can attend and present their proposals and views. You are therefore also invited to present in advance short, concise and concrete project proposals, concepts or ideas about the themes of the Participation Day.
As a result of the 6th call for proposals, 9 projects have been selectedfor funding by the Monitoring Committee (MC) of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020. On 15th and 16th May 2019 in Palanga (Lithuania), the delegates selected for funding the following projects:
Specific Objective 2.2. Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area • BSAM ¬ Baltic Smart Asset Management • Liquid Energy – Liquefied (bio-)gas as a driving force for development and use of green energy technology • WISA – Water Innovation System Amplifier • BAPR – Baltic Phytoremediation
Specific Objective 3. Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area • Secmar – Secure Digitalisation for Sustainable Maritime Transport
Specific Objective 4. Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions • JOHANNA – Joint staff Qualification in SB Destinations to increase the skilled workforce in the SBS and by that ensure a sustainable SCS development in the SBS • AquaVIP – Aquaculture Virtual career development Platform for the South Baltic region
Specific Objective 5. Improve the cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks • CROSSROADS – Crossroads in History • South Baltic Creative Clusters – Initiating a network of interacting creative clusters in the SB Region
The total eligible budget of the 6th call project selected for funding by the Monitoring Committee is 10 695 451,50 EUR.
We are especially proud, that the CROSSROADS project received the funding, as it was one of our #UMBRELLA project beneficiaries, who received our support via microactivity and further expert help while preparing the application.