ERB Executive Board meetings in Elbląg

On 22-23rd May 2017 stakeholders of Euroregion Baltic gathered in Elbląg, Poland for the second Executive Board meeting this year.

During the two days of official discussions, youth workshops and expert seminars, ERB partners touched upon a number of issues that are of importance to the organisation’s future work.

The event started with the joint meeting of the ERB Board with the Board of the Association of Polish Communes, one of important ERB member organisations and the host of the meeting. Gathered in historic roundtable hall in the Elbląg’s Old Town, the ERB politicians, civil servants and youth were welcomed by Mr Witold Wróblewski, Chair of Association’s Board and Mayor of Elbląg, who underlined the importance of ERB cross-border cooperation for municipalities and regions of the South Baltic Sea which since 1998 has been facilitating international cooperation, project implementation and trust building among the participating organisations.

The meeting was presided over jointly by Ms Akko Karlsson, ERB President and Vice Chair of Regional Council in Kalmar County, and Mr Wróblewski.

The Board discussed several important issues of ERB cooperation, among them preparations for the 20th anniversary of the organisation, as well as revision of strategic cooperation documents. Concerning the recently held Monitoring Committee meeting of the South Baltic Programme in Binz, the Board welcomed the approval of the Interconnect project and decided to commence work on the resubmission of the Umbrella project, which was rejected despite a very positive assessment by the external experts and Programme’s Joint Secretariat.

Discussing the draft ERB position on the future of EU Cohesion Policy, the Board decided to amend the final draft to better reflect the ERB priorities in the draft.

The Board also welcomed ERB’s participation in the recently approved Swedish Institute project in which together with the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, it will engage in raising the awareness of Baltic stakeholder about the importance of the UN’s Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

Finally, the Board was informed about the activities of the ERB Youth Board which had submitted 4 projects to the last call for proposals in the Erasmus+ project and was actively participating in the preparation of joint conference and seminar at the EUSBSR Forum in Berlin on the issue of youth participation and empowerment.

On 23rd May ERB organised several parallel meetings with two very important concerning water and youth issues. The Water Core Group met to discuss a potential joint project in the South Baltic Programme that could be dedicated to the issues of improved management of existing water resources, while the ERB Youth Board discussed the future project with the Norwegian partners from Hedmark, as well as the organisation of the Berlin conference.The meeting was also attended by the youth from Warmia-Mazury who were selected within the Baltic Leaders project to build capacities of local youth leaders in the Baltic cooperation.

Full minutes of the ERB Executive Board meeting will soon be made available on ERB website.

12 new projects selected in 3rd call of Interreg South Baltic

As the result of the 3rd call for proposals, 12 projects have been selected for funding by the Monitoring Committee (MC) of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020. On 16th and 17th May 2017 in the German sea resort of Binz, the delegates approved the following projects:

  1. ELMAR: Supporting South Baltic SMEs to enter the international supply chains & sales markets for boats & ships with electric propulsions
  2. InterMarE: Internationalization of South Baltic maritime economy
  3. CTCC: Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation
  4. SB Food Inno: Developing food innovation capacity in the South Baltic Region
  5. BioBIGG: Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth
  6. Baltic Heritage Routes: Development of Heritage Tourism Infrastructure in the South Baltic Area
  7. Baltic Stories: Professionalization of events for culturally embedded and sustainable tourism development of destinations in South Baltic region
  8. DUNC: Development of UNESCO Natural and Cultural assets
  9. LiveLagoons: The use of active barriers for the nutrient removal and local water quality improvement in Baltic lagoons
  10. RBR: Reviving Baltic Resilience
    Interconnect
  11. South Baltic Transport Loops

The resources from the European Regional Development Fund to be allocated to these projects amount to approximately 17,27 m EUR (22% of the Programme financial capacity). The projects approved cover the Programme priorities 1, 2 and 3. An official communication to the applicants will follow shortly.

The Monitoring Committee decided also to open the 4th call for proposals from 22 May until 30 June 2017 for all the Specific Objectives except of 1.1, 1.2 (due to no funding available) and 2.1. The Specific Objective 2.1 will be available in the 5th call, planned to be open from 13 November until 15 December 2017.

 

Source: https://southbaltic.eu/-/new-projects-approved

Interreg South Baltic launches 4th call for proposal

On 22nd May 2017 the Interreg South Baltic Programme launched its 4th call for proposals with focus following specific objectives:

  • Specific objective 2.2: “Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area”
  • Specific objective 3.1: “Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area”
  • Specific objective 4.1 “Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions”
  • Specific objective 5.1 “Improve the cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks.

Notice: The specific objective 2.1 „Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations” will be open again during the 5th call which will be open between 13 November and 15 December 2017.

Interested applicants are invited to access the application documents here: https://southbaltic.eu/call-for-proposals

The call closes on 30th June 2017, 4 p.m. CET.

Applicants aiming at this call are invited to register for individual consultation meetings with the Joint Secretariat. The upcoming sessions are scheduled as follows:

31 May – 1 June in Karlskrona, Sweden
31 May – 1 June in Sorö, Denmark
23–24 May in Klaipeda, Lithuania
6-7 June in Szczecin, Poland
7-8 June at the Joint Secretariat in Gdansk

Interested applicants are requested to register for a meeting with the Joint Secretariat describing their idea through our online registration system: https://southbaltic.eu/individual-consultations

Vacancy at the South Baltic Programme

If you are interested in working in an international environment, you should seize this opportunity!

The South Baltic JS is looking for reliable, committed and creative Communication and Capitalisation Officer.

Located in the dynamic agglomeration of Gdańsk-Sopot-Gdynia, at the South Baltic shores, the Joint Secretariat (JS) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the South Baltic Programme 2014-2020, whose aim is to unlock the potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between the coastal regions of Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.
The team of the Secretariat provides advice to applicants, organises calls for project proposals, assesses submitted funding applications, monitors the progress of running operations and assists the decision-making bodies of the Programme. Aimed at spreading the word about the benefits of cross-border cooperation, the JS furthermore coordinates the work of the Regional Contact Points and ensures the implementation of Programme-wide promotion, communication, dissemination and capitalisation activities.

The Communication and Capitalisation Officer will be responsible for: communication strategy, advice and guidance to programme beneficiaries, organization of workshops, meetings, conferences, external communication (website and social media management, press releases, newsletter) and internal one providing support in the Programme Contact Points network.
The ideal profile for a candidate is an enthusiastic, motivated and positive person who has already got at least two years of experience in the area of communication, and strategic communication planning. Proficient English skills are required.

Applications must be submitted in English by email till 19 May 2017, 24:00 CET to the Center of European Projects/ Joint Secretariat:

rekrutacja@cpe.gov.pl and jakub.fedorowicz@southbaltic.eu

If you are interested, you can find complete information here:

South Baltic Programme – vacancy announcement

 

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CaSYPoT project meeting in Elbląg

An important CaSYPoT partner meeting took place in Elbląg and Bartoszyce (Poland), on 21st -23rd March 2017. The event, organized by the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic, was devoted to project partners’ knowledge and experience exchange in working with youth. It followed the three previous project meetings in Emmaboda, Sopot and Kaliningrad. » Read more

European Youth Conference- Gdańsk, 24th-26th July 2017

In a year that will be significant for the future of the European integration, you are invited to elaborate on the question “Regain or Retreat? European Youth in an Age of Uncertainty”, during the event that will take place in Gdańsk, on 24th-26 July 2017.
The conference is organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, sited in Warsaw, in collaboration with the European Solidarity Centre (Gdańsk) and the Green European Foundation (Brussels).
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a German association based on a worldwide network that counts on a cooperation with 16 state-level Böll Foundations in each of Germany’s federal states, on a worldwide network that encompasses 30 international offices worldwide, and on over 100 partner projects in approximately 60 countries. The foundation aims at fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through conflict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power.
Since the foundation aims also to support talented, socio-politically engaged undergraduate and graduate students in Germany and abroad, the three-day Conference in Gdańsk, will be open to young people aged 18-35.
European Green Party co-chair Reinhard Bütikofer, will open the event that will address issues including globalization and European and nationalist answers to it. Topics like the current challenges to open societies and inclusive democracies will be explored, reflecting upon people’s risk of being divided along lines of integration and identity. Important points of reference and processes that are shaping the world view of engaged young Europeans will be also discussed. Causes of and reactions to growing feelings of uncertainty, injustice and fear in EU member states will be taken into account, discussing on ways to make Europe be more socially responsible, just and sustainable.
The program of the event foresees practical workshops and ample space for youth networking.
For more detailed information on the conference:

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call for applications
Candidates will be requested to state briefly their motivation and ideas regarding their personal contribution to the conference in a short CV. Possible participants will be selected among different countries of origins and different backgrounds, to have a wider exchange of points of view.
Costs for accommodation and board will be covered by the organizers and travel costs reimbursed.
If you wish to participate, please send your application to the coordinator Gert Röhrborn at: eyc2017@pl.boell.org
Deadline: 30th April 2017

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