ERB Executive Board meetings in Elbląg

On 22-23rd May 2017 stakeholders of Euroregion Baltic gathered in Elbląg, Poland for the second Executive Board meeting this year.

During the two days of official discussions, youth workshops and expert seminars, ERB partners touched upon a number of issues that are of importance to the organisation’s future work.

The event started with the joint meeting of the ERB Board with the Board of the Association of Polish Communes, one of important ERB member organisations and the host of the meeting. Gathered in historic roundtable hall in the Elbląg’s Old Town, the ERB politicians, civil servants and youth were welcomed by Mr Witold Wróblewski, Chair of Association’s Board and Mayor of Elbląg, who underlined the importance of ERB cross-border cooperation for municipalities and regions of the South Baltic Sea which since 1998 has been facilitating international cooperation, project implementation and trust building among the participating organisations.

The meeting was presided over jointly by Ms Akko Karlsson, ERB President and Vice Chair of Regional Council in Kalmar County, and Mr Wróblewski.

The Board discussed several important issues of ERB cooperation, among them preparations for the 20th anniversary of the organisation, as well as revision of strategic cooperation documents. Concerning the recently held Monitoring Committee meeting of the South Baltic Programme in Binz, the Board welcomed the approval of the Interconnect project and decided to commence work on the resubmission of the Umbrella project, which was rejected despite a very positive assessment by the external experts and Programme’s Joint Secretariat.

Discussing the draft ERB position on the future of EU Cohesion Policy, the Board decided to amend the final draft to better reflect the ERB priorities in the draft.

The Board also welcomed ERB’s participation in the recently approved Swedish Institute project in which together with the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, it will engage in raising the awareness of Baltic stakeholder about the importance of the UN’s Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

Finally, the Board was informed about the activities of the ERB Youth Board which had submitted 4 projects to the last call for proposals in the Erasmus+ project and was actively participating in the preparation of joint conference and seminar at the EUSBSR Forum in Berlin on the issue of youth participation and empowerment.

On 23rd May ERB organised several parallel meetings with two very important concerning water and youth issues. The Water Core Group met to discuss a potential joint project in the South Baltic Programme that could be dedicated to the issues of improved management of existing water resources, while the ERB Youth Board discussed the future project with the Norwegian partners from Hedmark, as well as the organisation of the Berlin conference.The meeting was also attended by the youth from Warmia-Mazury who were selected within the Baltic Leaders project to build capacities of local youth leaders in the Baltic cooperation.

Full minutes of the ERB Executive Board meeting will soon be made available on ERB website.

12 new projects selected in 3rd call of Interreg South Baltic

As the result of the 3rd call for proposals, 12 projects have been selected for funding by the Monitoring Committee (MC) of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020. On 16th and 17th May 2017 in the German sea resort of Binz, the delegates approved the following projects:

  1. ELMAR: Supporting South Baltic SMEs to enter the international supply chains & sales markets for boats & ships with electric propulsions
  2. InterMarE: Internationalization of South Baltic maritime economy
  3. CTCC: Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation
  4. SB Food Inno: Developing food innovation capacity in the South Baltic Region
  5. BioBIGG: Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth
  6. Baltic Heritage Routes: Development of Heritage Tourism Infrastructure in the South Baltic Area
  7. Baltic Stories: Professionalization of events for culturally embedded and sustainable tourism development of destinations in South Baltic region
  8. DUNC: Development of UNESCO Natural and Cultural assets
  9. LiveLagoons: The use of active barriers for the nutrient removal and local water quality improvement in Baltic lagoons
  10. RBR: Reviving Baltic Resilience
    Interconnect
  11. South Baltic Transport Loops

The resources from the European Regional Development Fund to be allocated to these projects amount to approximately 17,27 m EUR (22% of the Programme financial capacity). The projects approved cover the Programme priorities 1, 2 and 3. An official communication to the applicants will follow shortly.

The Monitoring Committee decided also to open the 4th call for proposals from 22 May until 30 June 2017 for all the Specific Objectives except of 1.1, 1.2 (due to no funding available) and 2.1. The Specific Objective 2.1 will be available in the 5th call, planned to be open from 13 November until 15 December 2017.

 

Source: https://southbaltic.eu/-/new-projects-approved

Interreg South Baltic launches 4th call for proposal

On 22nd May 2017 the Interreg South Baltic Programme launched its 4th call for proposals with focus following specific objectives:

  • Specific objective 2.2: “Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area”
  • Specific objective 3.1: “Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area”
  • Specific objective 4.1 “Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions”
  • Specific objective 5.1 “Improve the cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks.

Notice: The specific objective 2.1 „Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations” will be open again during the 5th call which will be open between 13 November and 15 December 2017.

Interested applicants are invited to access the application documents here: https://southbaltic.eu/call-for-proposals

The call closes on 30th June 2017, 4 p.m. CET.

Applicants aiming at this call are invited to register for individual consultation meetings with the Joint Secretariat. The upcoming sessions are scheduled as follows:

31 May – 1 June in Karlskrona, Sweden
31 May – 1 June in Sorö, Denmark
23–24 May in Klaipeda, Lithuania
6-7 June in Szczecin, Poland
7-8 June at the Joint Secretariat in Gdansk

Interested applicants are requested to register for a meeting with the Joint Secretariat describing their idea through our online registration system: https://southbaltic.eu/individual-consultations

CaSYPoT project meeting in Elbląg

An important CaSYPoT partner meeting took place in Elbląg and Bartoszyce (Poland), on 21st -23rd March 2017. The event, organized by the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic, was devoted to project partners’ knowledge and experience exchange in working with youth. It followed the three previous project meetings in Emmaboda, Sopot and Kaliningrad. » Read more

#EuropeLab Forum for Young Professionals in Gdańsk

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum invites young professionals aged between 25 and 35 from the EU, Russia, and other European states to apply for the Annual “Europe Lab” Forum.

Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is a unique communication and exchange platform for changemakers from all over Europe working in public administration, business, NGOs, universities, think tanks, and other fields of professional engagement.
Main goals of “Europe Lab” are to enable cross-sector cooperation and promote an exchange of ideas, develop partner and professional networks, and encourage common cross-border projects and initiatives all over Europe.

The working language of the Forum is English.

“Europe Lab” will take place on 27–30 July 2017 at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland.

The programme of “Europe Lab” 2017 includes:

Workshops:
• Freedom and Captivity – Solidarity in the Present and in the Past
• Climate Change – Where Are You Going?

Innovative Formats:
• Gdańsk in the Spotlight – City Development Hackathon
• 360° Story – Multimedia Telling
Each format will be curated by a coordinator.

The best common projects, whose ideas were elaborated during the Forum, will be granted. The results will be presented at the 8th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in 2018.
Finally, “Europe Lab” alumni are invited to join the young professionals’ platform at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, to lead and play a role in a number of future initiatives.
Costs for workshops, accommodation, and meals are covered by organisers. Travel costs are borne by participants themselves.
Please submit your application until 1 May 2017 here.

For more information about the event, please go to ERCSF official website.

Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in cooperation with the European Solidarity Centre and DRA / German-Russian Exchange as well as supported by the European Commission and the Oak Foundation.

World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 in Russia

The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students / #WFYS2017 is to be held on October 14-22, 2017, in Sochi, Russia.

The main goals of the Festival: consolidating the international youth community around the idea of peace, solidarity and social justice, strengthening international youth ties, as well as promoting international and intercultural youth cooperation.

More than 20 000 young people from 150 countries aged between 18 and 35 years will participate in the 19th Festival. Among them are leaders of youth nonprofit organizations and political parties, young journalists, creative and sporting youth, young professors and scientists, leaders of student self-government, as well as young compatriots abroad and foreigners who study Russian language and are interested in Russian culture. Russia will host more than 8 000 foreign participants!

Furthermore, the Festival for the first time will go beyond one city! So, for participants is provided the regional program, during which foreign participants will be able to visit several Russian cities, such as St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Sevastopol/Simferopol

You can apply for participation in the event and follow the latest news on the website russia2017.com. Deadline for submitting applications for participation in the Festival: May 15, 2017. For all participants it will be necessary to pass the Skype interview with the Festival organizers after passing pre-selection stage.

For the participants of the Festival will be provided a special, simplified visa regime (visa application for the participant of the Festival will be free) to enter the territory of the Russian Federation.

 

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