The second meeting of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region High Level Group was held on 13th December 2010 in Brussels. During the meeting, the Group gave its consent to the 2010 Annual Report and the updated Action Plan.
Mr Hans Brask, Director of the Baltic Development Forum decided to share his thoughts about recently held Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. In his remarks Mr Brask speaks about the Forum as a means for reaching out to different stakeholders on all levels of cooperation.
One year after adopting the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the European Commission has issued the first report on its implementation.
The European Commission has issued the second newsletter on the current developments within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The current issue contains information about the Annual Forum held in Tallin, Estonia between 14-15th October, and the draft Annual Report on the implementation of the Strategy.
Between 14-15th October 2010 in Tallin, Estonia, the European Commission organised the first Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The Forum was opened by Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, who emphasised the fact that the Strategy was the first one to have originated from a democratically elected EU institution, the European Parliament.
Baltic Sea Region Programme BaltSeaPlan project is about Maritime Spatial Planning of the Baltic Sea and will accompany the EU Maritime Policy by supporting the introduction of Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning (IMSP) and drawing up National Maritime Strategies in the partner countries. It also contributes to the implementation of the HELCOM recommendation on Broad-scale Maritime Spatial Planning and the VASAB Gdańsk Declaration. Please, find out more here.
On 16th of June the European Parliament supported the establishment of the Joint Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme, BONUS- 169.
The objective of BONUS- 169 is to integrate the Baltic Sea System Research into a durable cooperative, interdisciplinary, well integrated and focused multinational programme to support the region’s sustainable development. The Programme’s funding is altogether 100 million Euros, with half of the contribution coming from the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. The programme is now in its strategic phase and is the broadening stakeholder involvement in order to reach the best results in the full utilization of the capacities for research and application of the results.
The programme is currently gathering inputs from relevant stakeholders for the Strategic Research Agenda for BONUS-169, which will form the basis for the future Calls for proposals to be launched within the Programme. For this purpose, a poll has been opened at our website. The Poll is open to everyone – both individuals and representatives of organizations. BONUS is especially interested in receiving feedback from research professionals in academia and sector research institutes, national, regional and local officers and experts in all relevant spheres: agriculture, fisheries, transportation & energy, environment, tourism and recreation, as well as industries having a stake in marine and maritime research. The poll is open until 16th of August 2010.
European Commission has launched a bimonthly newsletter on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.