On September 02, 2020, despite the still ongoing corona situation with all its restrictions and conditions, a study trip of a Danish delegation, led by Hilary Karlson and Mette Jorgenson from the Bio-Economy Hotspot Guldborgsund, could be carried out in the Interreg Project Umbrella, while adhering to strict hygiene measures.


The EUSBSR Annual Forum will be held online on 20th October 2020. Registration to the Forum is now open. The speakers and moderators have also been published.


Online on 20 October 2020
Turku, Finland


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Registration for the EUSBSR Annual Forum has been opened! Please register here: https://bit.ly/2RwTXnX

The deadline for registration is 18 October 2020. After you register a personal link to the Annual Forum will be sent to you a day before the event on 19 October 2020.

Confirmed speakers and moderators announced

You can now find information about the speakers and moderators from our programme. The Forum will be moderated by Finnish journalist and media professional Peter Nyman, Chief Market Manager at COWI Bettina Rafaelsen and Director of The Baltic Institute of Finland Esa Kokkonen. In the opening session, Mayor of Turku Minna Arve and Director General of CBSS Grzegorz Poznański will welcome you to the Forum. The former President of Finland Tarja Halonen holds a keynote speech.

The program is structured in three parts. The first panel will focus on BSR cooperation and what it means to cooperate effectively even when the pandemic limited the ability to meet face-to-face.

The panel features for example Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Krista Mikkonen, Mayor of Gdansk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Acting Director Christos Economou, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission, Madeleine Granvik from Baltic University Programme, C.E.O. Tiina Tuurnala from Finnish Shipowners´ Association and Jonas Faergeman, Chair of #ReGeneration2030 Steering Committee.

The second discussion will focus on the emerging areas of cooperation. Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Mika Lintilä will start the discussion. The panelists include for example General Secretary of BSSSC Krystyna Wroblewska, Executive Secretary of HELCOM Rüdiger Strempel, Director of The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being Ülla-Karin Nurm, Director of EU and International Affairs Christiane Mißlbeck-Winberg from Confederation of Danish Employers and Aline Mayr, Representative of the Baltic Sea Youth Platform.

The third panel focuses on the future of the EUSBSR and outlines the main policies that will shape the Strategy in the next 10 years. For example, the panel features Ambassador for Baltic Sea Affairs at MFA Finland Helena Tuuri, Head of European Affairs at Eastern Norway County Network Ann Irene Sæternes, C.E.O. of Nordic West Office Risto E. J. Penttilä, Chair of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee of Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Iruma Kravale and Member of the European Parliament Delara Burkhardt.

Closing words will be offered by Pekka Haavisto, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Additional speakers will be confirmed at a later date.

There are plenty of opportunities to interact and ask questions during the panels. Generous networking breaks are also reserved in the programme.

Register now to workshops

Before the Forum, a series of online workshops are organised in cooperation between the different Policy Areas of the EUSBSR and other relevant stakeholders. Please remember to sign up in advance. Registrations are open right now and the workshops are already being held: http://www.annualforum2020.eu/en/11th-annual-forum-eusbsr-20-october-2020-online/programme/workshops

Join us in discussing online

You can participate in the Forum’s diverse program from your laptop or phone. Our online event platform and mobile app will be published closer to the Forum. Participants will be able to network, ask questions and participate in discussions online. Networking Village will also be available online.

Thank you, JS Interreg South Baltic Team for organising Annual Event of the Interreg South Baltic Programme

The panels and the speakers were very engaging and it was an informative event for over 170 participants from all South Baltic region countries. Among many panellists we had a great representation of Euroregion Baltic members, representing Kronoberg Region, Bornholm, ERB Youth Board and Kamlar Region, Pomorskie Region, Klaipeda Region Association and International Permanent Secretariat.

The Programme’s Virtual Annual Event 2020 is available now on our YouTube channel

If you are interested in a specific part of the webinar, check its timeline, and start watching in a certain time.

Timeline of the webinar:
• 1st panel discussion: 00:14:21 
• Quiz: 1:13:33 
• 2nd panel discussion: 1:25:27 

We wanted to call it our #SecretProject, but we’re too excited to keep quiet! This week, together with our partner BISER – Baltic Institute for Regional Affairs from Gdynia, we’re filming Umbrella Interreg South Baltic project clip for the final conference. We’re visiting our partners & stakeholders and record their experiences with our project, Umbrella tools and activities. So much fun! 


Euroregion Baltic is happy to support the European HomeParliaments project. From September 19th until November 1st, we will together enable several thousand citizens to participate in European politics.

As a supporting partner, Euroregion Baltic and Association of Polish Communes of Euroregion Baltic together with local partner commits to spreading posts on our social media about the European HomeParliaments campaign running between 19th Sep and 1st Now 2020.

Website : The most important page for the project is: https://homeparliaments.eu/pl/ .
And you can learn more about the initiative here:

EU politics needs citizen participation

Invite friends and acquaintances round and get involved in a lively discussion about the political decision-making process on the future of Europe. From 19 September to 1 November 2020.

What are European HomeParliaments?

The concept

With the European HomeParliaments we want to enable civil society commitment to Europe right there where opinions are first formed: at the kitchen table, when eating together with friends and acquaintances – simply at home or in a café,  in the park or at your regular get-together.

HomeParliaments offer an innovative and effective method of civil participation that serves to improve legislative processes through a coordinated exchange of information between voters and political decision-makers. Anyone who is interested and has a constructive opinion on European policy issues can participate and influence political decisions.

This process is therefore particularly suited to connecting the citizens of the European Union and the political decision-makers in Brussels in a constructive way. This is how citizens can contribute on a small scale to the big picture.

Join in and organise

A HomeParliament is where 4 to 8 people meet up to discuss and then answer a given European question. Pulse of Europe provides all the necessary material, as well as input for different lines of argument.

From now on, the European HomeParliaments can also be organised via video link.Become a hostl

1. Register

Register here on the website and you will receive a confirmation email from us. We will send you all further documents. That’s all you need to organise your HomeParliament.

2. Invitations

Now you can invite three to seven friends and acquaintances to your European HomeParliament. You can also consider inviting people with different opinions in order to encourage a lively discussion!

3. Host the European HomeParliament

And there you go; you can now hold your European HomeParliament! It usually takes two hours. The documents guide you through the discussion and your answers are recorded on the question sheet. It’s like a game night.

4. Send in the results

Upload the results of your European HomeParliament to the platform.

EU politicians respond

We summarize the results of all HomeParliaments in several European countries and hand them over to the feedback partner. They will comment on the results in a digital format and we will invite you and all participants to this discussion.

The Euroregion Baltic Executive Board members, ERB Youth Board members and ERB SEcretariats & Water Core Group representatives met on 8th September 2020, again in the digital format, due to the COVID19 situation. The meeting was chaired by Mr Witold Wróblewski, ERB President and started with the informative round on COVID19 situation in all five ERB countries, presented by the ERB Board members from Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Lithuania.

Among discussion points there were:

  • information from the South Baltic Programme Monitoring Committee and Joint Programming Committee meetings with the special attention out to the programming for South Baltic 2021-2027 presented by Mr Niels Chresten-Andersen from Regional Municipality of Bornholm and Mr Sławomir Demkowicz – Dobrzanski from Region Kronoberg;
  • newest capacity building initiatives based on the UMbrella Interreg South Baltic project presented by Ms Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Head of the ERB IPS and MS Valentina Scandola, Umbrella Project Leader;
  • proposal of the establishment of “Sustainable transport Working Group in ERB” by the Blekinge Region and Mr Mattias Andersson, Interconnect Interreg South Baltic Project Leader;
  • presentation of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Seed Money Facility “WaterMan” project, selected for funding in June 2020 and starting in October 2020. This part was presented by the Water Core Group representative from Kalmar region Mr Tobias Facchini.

The ERB Board members agreed to continue working in on-line format until the possibilities to travel and meet in person becomes safe again. The next Board meeting was scheduled for 3rd Dec 2020, back-to-back with the Umbrella project final conference (digital format).

Euroregion Baltic President Mr Witold Wróblewski, Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic
Euroregion Baltic Vice President – Mr Johan Sandberg, Region Blekinge

The Interreg South Baltic Programme invites to its 5th Annual Event!

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and concerns regarding the situation later this year we decided to meet virtually.

On the 17th of September at 10 am we will meet to share thoughts on the impact of Interreg funds on small regions and celebrate the 30 years of Interreg and European Cooperation Day.

The two online panel sessions will be led by Regional Contact Point Bornholm who will meet with Danish projects partners and local authorities in the Museum of Bornholm in Rønne. On the premises of the Museum, we installed an exhibition which is a part of the celebration of 30 years of Interreg and European Cooperation Day. On colourful posters, we will see projects developed under 5 Interreg programmes with Denmark in their region.

During the first panel, representatives of South Baltic projects will discuss the influence of their projects’ results on the everyday life of regions and present case studies. The second session will be devoted to the future of the South Baltic Programme. Together with politicians from different Member States, we will talk about the upcoming Programme period and regional cooperation. Participants will have a chance to post their questions to panellists during the Q&A time. What is more, to entertain you, we invite all for a short quiz to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Interreg.

Look into the agenda for the detailed event’s programme:  https://bit.ly/3jEU7pa

Registration is now open. Click here to register: https://southbaltic.eu/registration2020

After registering, no later than a 1 day before the event, you will receive an email from the JS with an official confirmation of participation with login credentials to the ZOOM platform.

Make sure to join with us, as Umbrella project team will be present and ready to discuss the results of our projects, as well as the future possible capacity-building activities.

The next Executive Board online meeting will be held on 8th of September.

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The project UMBRELLA is partly financed from the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.