Adopted in December 2017 as a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, INTERCONNECT serves as a clear example of a change in the public transport system in the Baltic Sea Region. Indeed, the EUSBSR is implemented, among others, by flagships namely a single project, a set of project contributing to the same action or a process. According to the EUSBSR the label of a flagship can be given to a project/process that fulfils certain criteria: it has a high macro-regional impact; it contributes to meeting the objectives, indicators and targets of the EUSBSR; it is related to the implementation of one or more actions of the policy area/horizontal action concerned.
The conference that took place in the City of Słupsk on December 11-13th CaSYPoT was the chance to present the CaSYPoT local and cross-border reports. The results of the surveys carried out among teenagers in the municipalities involved in the project have been analysed and compared by universities. Based on them joint knowledge-based youth strategy will be created in ERB as well as in the participating municipalities. It will allow addressing several youth problems in the South Baltic area. Additionally, more tools for maintaining the dialogue with youth and increasing their participation will be developed and tested.
The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), an informal network of national policy-makers working on sustainable development policies and strategies and other sustainable development experts, has just published a report of the 15th ESDN Workshop that took place in Berlin, Germany on October 16 – 17, 2017.
Despite measures taken over the last years, Europe still faces a challenge in supporting young people. According to the last Eurostat survey, there are almost 17 million young people aged 20-34 across the 28 EU countries who are neither in employment nor in education and training (NEET).
It’s been exactly one year since the launch of the European Solidarity Corps on December 7th, 2016, after having been announced in September by President Juncker during the State of the Union Address before the European Parliament.
On December 11-13th CaSYPoT project partners met in the City of Słupsk. The conference saw the participation of delegates representing local and regional bodies, NGOs, universities, cultural associations from Poland, Sweden, Russia, Italy and Lithuania. Welcomed by Mr Robert Biedroń, Mayor of City of Słupsk, and Mr Per Ole Petersen, ERB Vice-President and Member of the Council of Regional Municipality of Bornholm (Denmark), participants gathered for the presentation of the cross-border comparative report and analyse its results as well as to evaluate further steps to take in order to address issues related to youth in the Baltic Sea Region.
On November 20th, IVY volunteer Domenico Misurelli took part in the opening session of the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 in Helsinki. Organized jointly by the Aleksanteri Institute (Finland), the Council of the Baltic Sea States and NORDEN Association (Russia), the event is designed as a one-week long series of lectures and workshops, taking place in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
Launched in 2014, for the first two years it was designed as a joint programme of the CBSS and Körber Foundation Germany which gathered young Europeans from their respective networks, who are interested in the history of the Baltic Sea Region. Organising programmes in border areas of the region, the young participants get to know each other’s cultures, in order to reflect, discuss and explore their shared identity. This year, the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue is focused on two main topics: Finland’s 100 years of independence and the cultural-historical relations and roots in the Baltic Sea Region
On November 11th, the Interreg South Baltic programme 2014-2020 has launched the 5th call for proposals for the following specific objectives: