Poland supports continuation of Interreg South Baltic Programme after 2020

At the beginning of July 2018 the Polish Minister of Investment and Economic development, Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, sent an open letter to the European Commission (EC) on the future the South Baltic Programme.

The Minister also presented the overview and maritime cooperation benefits of the Programme for the last 11 years. In this brochure are presented the joint actions of coastal regions of five countries – Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania and the achievements of the Programme for the last two programming periods. » Read more

Baltic Leadership Programme on Smart Specialisation open for applications till 19.08.2018

Do you work as strategists, regional developers, or national S3 coordinator with Smart Specialisation? Is your region working with Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) with an interest in developing Interregional Value Chains and Entrepreneurial Discovery?

Application Call of Baltic Leadership Programme is now open until 19 August. Eligible countries:  Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

More details about this BLP oraganised by the Swedish Instiute can be found in the flyer and on SI website.

Registration link is available here.

For more information please contact Gabor Schneider, gabor.schneider@si.se, Tel: +46-8-453 78 59, Mobil: +46-732-318521

Application open for Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth & Bioeconomy

Are you interested in renewing and innovating the field of Bioeconomy and taking part in an intergenerational dialogue?

An entirely unique leadership training programme to tackle the challenges of youth participation in the Bioeconomy sector, for participants from the Baltic Sea Region.

BLP Youth addresses the need to better integrate younger generations into the field of Bioeconomy. Youth (up to 30 years of age) are vital for renewing and innovating the sector, which is necessary in the transition from a fossil based to a bio based society/economy, but today necessary links and methods for attracting and involving youth are lacking.

The programme is targeting representatives from youth organisations as well as representatives from organisations working with Bioeconomy. We are looking forward to receiving applications from Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Iceland, as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

The application period is open until  22nd August. For detailed information check the website of the Swedish Institute or follow the link to submit your application. In case of questions, please contact Gabor Schneider at:gabor.schneider@si.se, Tel: +46-8-453 78 59, Mobile: +46-732-318521.

The Programme flyer can be found here.

Vacancy at the Interreg South Baltic Programme

The Interreg South Baltic Programme is looking for a Junior Project Officer for a short-term replacement until 31st March 2019, with the possibility of extension.
Deadline for applications is 25 July 2018, 24:00 CET.

The interviews will be held on 6-7 August in Gdańsk or Warsaw (to be confirmed).

You can find the full announcement at the following link: https://southbaltic.eu/-/project-officer-apply-until-25-july

Video Contest for Students 16-26 years old

Are you up for an exciting opportunity? The Interreg South Baltic Programme invites the South Baltic region’s 16-26 years old high school senior and university students (individuals or groups) to participate in a video contest producing a short film (up to 3 minutes) on these topics: sustainable tourism, green technologies, sustainable transport in the South Baltic region.

The aim of the contest is to promote South Baltic Programme’s projects, innovative solutions, opportunities for improvement linked with these themes, and helping to tackle potential issues, obstacles.

Prizes for 5 winners:

  • 1st prize: Photo camera – Canon EOS 80D + lenses
  • 2nd prize: iPad – 9.7-inch Retina display, iOS 11
  • 3rd – 5th prizes: bluetooth wristbands monitoring daily activity + laptop backpacks.

Find out more about this contest on the South Baltic website: https://bit.ly/2sisZmQ

“Baltic 2030: Bumps on the Road- How the Baltic Sea States are performing on the SDGs ”

Are you interested in knowing how the CBSS Member States Countries are performing in matter of UN Sustainable Development Goals?
The Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Nordic Council of Ministers recently issued the report: “Baltic 2030: Bumps on the Road” that sheds light on the performance of 11 Countries in the Baltic Sea Region on 5 of the most critical Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). » Read more

European Volunteer Service (EVS) opportunity in France

Are you up for a fantastic opportunity? The French partner of the Warmia-Mazury Voivodeship is looking for young candidates aged 17-30  for a 9 months volunteering  placement in the region Bretagne of France, as part of the European Voluntary Service Programme (EVS).  For more information you can visit the website of Warmia and Mazury Voivodeship (in Polish): http://warmia.mazury.pl/rozwoj-regionu/aktualnosci/2672-wolontariat-europejski-w-regionie-partnerskim-szukamy-kandydatow

 

ERB Executive Board and Youth Board meetings in Klaipeda

The Executive Board of Euroregion Baltic met in Klaipeda on 22nd May 2018 to discuss about the progress, the challenges and the priorities of the organisation in the coming year. The main topic of the meeting was the development of the ERB 2030 Agenda and discussion on the proposals already submitted by some of the ERB members. The discussion served as a source of inspiration and provided relevant content to the development of the document later this year.

The ERB also continued the dialogue on the pontential enlargement of the organisation by inlcuding a new member from Sweden. To this end a representative of the Skåne Association of Local Authorities (Kommunförbundet Skåne) presented the organisation and their expectations towards the ERB as a potential future member organisation. The process is expected to be finalised at the next Board meeting in September 2018.

Much discussion was dedicated to the question of continuation of the South Baltic Programme under the new proposals submitted by the European Commission. It was agreed unanimously that the Programme should continue as an independent financial tools with significant budget allowing its stakeholders to tackle different challenges identified in the region. In order to provide an effective lobbying for the Programme the Board decided to develop a position paper highlighting the achievements of the Programme and lobbying for its continuation after 2020.

Next day the Youth ERB Board had a very constructive meeting as well. The youth organisation of Klaipeda hosted the meeting and its member presented to the Youth board their actions and activities in Lithuania. Moreover they presented the candidacy of Klaipeda for European Youth Capital 2020 and the vision and goals behind this candidacy.

Alexandra Winberg, the chairwoman of ERB Youth Board announced some changes in the composition Youth Board: Alexandra will not continue to be part of the Board and Johanna Levin will replace her as a new member. Mikkel Hoom Tved will be the next chairman of the Youth Board.

Moreover David Jedrzejak explained his Project Idea about a photo exhibition for non-professional photographers that will take place in different cities of Euroregion Baltic. The exhibition will highlight the beauty of the countries and landscapes within Euroregion Baltic, as a tool to attract more tourists in the region.

Youth Board presented as well its priorities in connection with the Euroregion Baltic Agenda 2030 as following:

a. Exchange of experiences and good practises with youth organisations around the South Baltic Sea!

b. Living conditions for youth.

c. Hot spots for the exchange information among young people!

d. Better promotion of the Youth Board and youth activities in social media.

e. Gender Equality and Human Rights

Last, Damian Ciachorowski presented (via skype) Euroregion Baltic Youth Strategy and specific tools regarding CaSYPoT project and the Youth Board voted upon them,  using the interactive online tool Mentimeter.

 Please follow this link to read draft minutes of the ERB Executive Board in Klaipeda:

 

Save the Baltic Sea for real

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region enabling progress – but is it enough?

Hand in hand with the Informal Baltic Sea Group in the European Parliament, the EUSBSR and the Baltic Sea Commission of the CPMR, SEARICA will organise a discussion on how to save the Baltic Sea just after summer break.

Hazardous substances such as chemical contamination and plastics still pose big threats in the Baltic Sea Area. The EU-Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has brought together stakeholders that have achieved progress in the last nine years. Is this progress sufficient? We want to update you on the ongoing activities and results from projects in the Baltic Sea Area and initiate a policy discussion and prepare policy recommendations for the future. Our aim is to develop a closer dialogue with relevant bodies and actors in Brussels, especially the European Parliament as the initiator of the first EU macro-regional strategy and convey relevant results and recommendations to the policy level.

The event will take place the 5th of September 2018 from 09.00-12.00 am in Brussels, in  the building of European Parliament. The agenda of the event is available here.

You can register for the event by following this link:http://www.searica.eu/en/events/conferences/save-the-baltic-sea-for-real

ERB in the Annual South Baltic Conference

What a fantastic 2 days in Klaipeda for ERB Delegation, attending the Annual South Baltic Conference Unlocking the potential for blue and Green Growth. The conference was held in Klaipeda, Lithuania the dates 23-24 of May 2018 and it was a valuable experience for the team of Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic, consisting of Sebastian Magier, Malgorzata Samusjew, Agata Ludwiczak, Valentina Scandola and Andreas Karadakis.

The Annual Event of the Programme was dedicated to mark the successful implementation of the Programme and to present to the public the most important and interesting joint projects of the Western part of Lithuania and other regions of participating countries – Denmark, Poland, Sweden and Germany.  Every year, this event takes place in another South Baltic region’s country participating in the Programme.

The opening session was marvellous. The Mayor of Klaipeda welcomed the participants and Anne Thomas, Head of Euroregion Baltic Executive Board gave an inspirational speech, stressing out the importance of working together for common goals.

On the first day the participants of the Event discussed the progress of the Programme and the future prospects of the South Baltic region after 2020. The thematic areas of the event were: sustainable tourism, transport, green technology promotion in the region, increase of the qualification and cooperation skills of employees, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Participants of the Event had also the opportunity to take part in the boat tour and see closer a project co-financed by the Interreg South Baltic Programme – the LNG terminal. Another group of participants cycled to the sites of projects that are being implemented in the city of Klaipeda.

During the second day participants were given the chance to attend parallel sessions about 1)communication and dissemination project strategies and 2) clustering of projects.

European and INTERREG projects bring about a positive change in the life of European Citizens and the local communities. During the communication and dissemination session it was stressed that besides good intentions and actions, is equally important for those involved in European projects to effectively communicate and spread the project results and success stories. Also, they were presented efficient communication strategies and more “ catchy tactics to draw the attention of the widen public. 

The session for clustering of projects was very constructive as well! Project clustering across different priorities could provide additional benefits when the results are linked into add value chain – said Arturas Razinkovas-Baziukas, Moderator on project clustering workshop. 

An example of project clustering that was presented as good practice during this session is the cooperation of 2 projects managed form the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic; CaSYPoT (Capacity Building for Strategic Youth Policy and Transnational Cooperation) and SB YCGN ( South Baltic Youth Core Groups Network). SB YCGN project, sharing similar goals and values with CaSYPoT, is meant of using the survey tool that was developed for the latter to conduct another research that will be finally compared to CaSYPoT’s results. SB YCGN aims to increase capacity building of local actors working with youth, demonstrating the benefits of soft cross border cooperation in solving youth issues. Clustering of CaSYPoT project with GaYa project is worth to be mentioned too. GaYa aims to increase the quality of democratic processes in the Alpine space by enhancing the involvement of young people. The stakeholders of the 2 projects met and exchanged views and insights from their projects providing valuable feedback to each other.

 Green Transport Session had a special interest for Euroregion Baltic since the organization is a partner of INTERCONNECT project. During the workshop it was underlined the importance for the stakeholders in the Baltic Sea to search for good practises and innovation in European (public) transport and especially in other INTERREG projects. Also there was a reflection of the Ten T-days Conference for Sustainable Transport that was held in Ljubljana and the projects that were showcased there. Synergies and cross border cooperation are essential elements in order to be developed a joint integration vision for the European regions and to show the benefits of better connectivity to European Citizens. Last, It was emphasised that the goal of one ticket system for various means of transport across Europe should be a priority.

 ERB delegation is back in base full of priceless information and experiences, more wise and nuanced, committed to continue working for the achievement of the common goals in the South Baltic towards the prosperity of the region.

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