Celebrating ERB’s 20th anniversary: conference and kick-off meetings

In order to celebrate its 20th anniversary, on February 14-15, 2018 Euroregion Baltic is going to organize two days long series of meetings and officially launch SB YCGN and Umbrella. SB YCGN (South Baltic Youth Core Groups Network) project focuses on the cooperation of different actors, like local and regional authorities, universities, NGOs, etc. in the field of youth questions. youth participation in decision making on the local level and strengthen the capacities of local and regional actors in the South Baltic Programme area in youth policy and sustainable development. The project has the ambition to create a cross-border network with joint capacity building events, based on analysis and research of partner countries with following the international participatory campaign. UMBRELLA aims at developing know-how capacities for small local and regional organisations in the South Baltic Programme area to initiate their active participation in the cross-border cooperation in daily activities.

Both to be held at the Old Town Hall (ul. Stary Rynek 25, Elblag) on Wednesday 14th at 9.00, the kick-off meetings will see the participation of project and associated partners with the aim of discussing the overall objective, purposes, targets, results and activities to be carried out. To coordinate the meeting: Sebastian Magier – Project Coordinator and Valentina Scandola – Umbrella Project Manager; Małgorzata Samusjew – Project Coordinator and Marcin Zuchowski – SB YCGN Project Manager along with Agnieszka Limanòwka, Joint Secretariat’s Project Officer.

On Thursday 15th at 9.00 a Youth Panel will be moderated by Zofia Makowska and Damian Ciachorowski to discuss examples of international cooperation in youth issues in ERB. At the same time, a panel dedicated to local government and non-governmental organizations cooperation will take place in the same venue with a delegation from Russia.

In the afternoon, the main conference entitled “Partnership for the Future – Solving Baltic Sea Cooperation Rubik’s Cube” will take place to celebrate ERB’s anniversary. The conference will discuss the successes and challenges of the ERB in the broader context of the Baltic Sea Region and European Union while looking back at its past and current achievement. In the second part, the participants will reflect on ideas and initiatives that could shape the future of ERB cooperation as an innovative international cooperation platform capable to better contribute to the multi-level development of the entire region. The panel will include Witold Wròblewski, President of Association of Polish Communes ERB; Akko Karlsson, President of Euroregion Baltic; Joanna Zielinska, President of Gdynia City Council; Ann-Irene Saeternes, Secretary General of Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation; Jari Sainio, President of CPMR Baltic Sea Commission (TBC) Representative of Union of Baltic Cities (TBC); Anne Thomas, Vice President of ERB, Vice Mayor of Bornholm; Robert Olesen, Region Kronoberg; Christina Mattisson, President of Region Blekinge; ERB Youth Board representatives.

On Friday 16th, ERB Board Meeting will take place at the Old Town Hall (9.00) to take stock of ERB’s activities and plan the future ones.

Here’s the complete AGENDA