Open call: join the CBSS Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue!

If you’re aged between 20 and 30 years old, studying to become a teacher and interested in history and regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea area, do not miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and meet people from the Baltic Sea Region. On November 20-26 October in Helsinki (4 days) and St. Petersburg (3 days), in the frame of Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, a week-long session of seminars and workshops will be organized to discuss current affairs and strengthen the cooperation among countries in the region. Furthermore, the participants should come from one of the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Belarus, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Carried out for the first two years as a joint programme of the CBSS and Körber Foundation Germany, the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue gathered young Europeans from their respective networks, who are interested in the history of the Baltic Sea Region.  Last year, in 2016, the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue was realised in partnership with the European Solidarity Centre (Gdansk, Poland) and the “Solidarity Academy”, exploring new types of cooperation and formats of the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue project.

For further details, check this out http://www.cbss.org/regional-identity/baltic-sea-youth-dialogue/

Application must be submitted by 22 October 2017

 

 

 

Save the date – 7/8 November 2017: Development seminar for project platforms

In order to support the capitalisation of the projects’ results, Interreg Baltic Sea Region is launching a new funding instrument called “project platform”. The main target groups for project platforms are partners from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme and other EU funding programmes. It involves cooperation with other stakeholders in a given thematic field beyond partnerships, for example coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

A development seminar will be organised in Potsdam (Germany), on 7 and 8 November 2017, addressed to Interreg Baltic Sea Region partners who demonstrate good knowledge of outputs of their regular projects (e.g. lead partners or leaders of work packages), coordinators of the EUSBSR and representatives from other EU funding programmes.

During the seminar the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) will explain main features and requirements for project platforms. The second part of the event will be devoted to pitching platform ideas and group work.

On the second day, it will be possible to have individual consultations with the MA/JS upon prior request.

The registration will be open until October 31st, 2017.

For further information, click on www.interreg-baltic.eu.

 

Save the date – 4/5 June 2018: 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR

On 4-5 June 2018, the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Tallinn (Estonia). Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia with the Baltic Development Forum in close cooperation with the European Commission, it will see the participation of nearly 700 representatives from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses. They will be gathered there together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

The main theme of the 9th Annual Forum will be the Baltic Sea Region After 2020. The Forum will be specifically focused on how to improve the implementation of the EUSBSR in the framework of the future EU Cohesion Policy. Therefore, it will be a great opportunity to discuss the current state of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea as well as provisions to advance the region as a global digital hub.

 

Save the date: 8 November 2018 – “Let’s communicate” seminar in Gdańsk

On 8 November in Gdańsk a seminar entitled “Let’s communicate!” Joint Business Seminar is going to be organized in order to show the benefits and potentials of transnational cooperation for maritime businesses.

The seminar, organized within the framework of EUSBSR, will be a good chance to meet other stakeholders taking part in regional projects and to get knowledge of various opportunities for EU co-financing in the Baltic Sea Region.

The agenda, which will be soon announced, includes thematic panels with the participation of business experts as well as beneficiaries of projects from the maritime sector; individual talks of the participants with experts and a session to facilitate potential meetings among partners of future projects.

The registration is possible here.

 

Baltic Sea Tourism Forum in Turku on 2-3 Nov 2017 – Registration open

On November 2-3, 2017 in Turku, for the 10th time in a row, the Baltic Sea Tourism Forum gathers tourism stakeholders from the Baltic Sea Region. The registration will be available until October 23 at http://www.balticseatourism.net/.

Dedicated to ‘The Future of Baltic Sea Tourism’ as the principal theme, the 10th BSTF will provide participants with a mix of policy issues and several practical approaches for peer learning and exchange, keynotes regarding trends in tourism and a discussion over the future of Destination Marketing Organisations which will be complemented by case-studies, good practices and seminars.

A special focus will be given to future and trend topics like digitalization, tourism financing, funding, education, transnational cooperation with 150 delegates expected to take part to the forum. Therefore, in the light of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sustainability will become an integrated part of the entire forum as the BSTF continues its commitment to both strengthening sustainable development and promoting a sustainable tourism in the Baltic Sea region.

The forum will offer the possibility for projects and initiatives to showcase their ideas of transnational and cross-border initiatives with a view to boost the visibility of existing sustainable approaches of international cooperation. The Tourism Networking Village and a session for project pitching will offer further opportunities to increase awareness in the respective fields of sustainable cooperation among countries and regions.

The cultural programme of the 10th anniversary will also provide space for exchange combined with unique experiences for guests and participants of the Forum. The “Renaissance Banquet” in Turku castle and a guided tour through the Finnish history on the banks of Aurajoki River will deliver insights into the distant and more recent past of the city of Turku in an exceptional atmosphere and surrounding.

Ioana and Domenico: meet our IVY volunteers!

 

 

 

WHAT’S IVY?

IVY stands for “Interreg Volunteer Youth” and is a pilot action to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects for 2-6 months. Being solidarity and volunteering at the heart of IVY, this initiative is part of the European Solidarity Corps. Every participant is financially supported with a daily allowance.

 

Hey! My name is Onisor Ioana and I am coming from Romania. Eternal volunteer and student, sometimes both at the same time, I simply cannot say ‘no’ to new challenges. Studying International relations and European Studies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I have managed to put in practice my knowledge by studying in three different countries and adding two more for volunteering purposes. I love to help and work for different social issues, especially for the youth of today and tomorrow.

I have managed to live in these countries not only thanks to my motivation but also with the help of the European Union programs targeted to youth mobilities. Two Erasmus scholarships, one in Groningen, Netherlands and the second one in Rabat, Morocco, one European Voluntary Service completed a year in Bordeaux, France made me more aware of the challenges we face today in the Union. This is why I believe that all my international past has served me as a stepping stone for what was going to happen next – being recruited to volunteer in the CaSYPoT Project in Kalmar, Sweden for the next five months.

When borders are significantly less important, the differences between regions stand out and this is where we step in. Following the surveys focused on youth issues around the South Baltic Region, I will be dealing with social media related activities, the results of the surveys and the follow-up discussions and meetings. Daily, I am getting accustomed to the vast and diverse CaSYPoT project, acquiring new information at the Regional Council in Kalmar. Life is for learning and for fully experiencing all that it gives. Have I mentioned that I have been given the opportunity to live on an island in Sweden? Öland is an amazing place to visit and explore.

 

Hi, folks! My name is Domenico Misurelli from Italy.

But…what does a Mediterranean guy do in Poland?

It’s safe to say that I’m here because of an amazing experience called European Voluntary Service. Indeed, in 2015 I spent 6 months in Limassol (Cyprus) serving as a volunteer for an NGO named Key – Innovation in Culture, Education and Youth. Over there I worked to promote volunteering among locals and to raise awareness on the importance of active citizenship organizing intercultural events, seminars and exchanges. In the morning I used to help in the charity centre managed by the local Orthodox Church. Among French and Cypriots, Spanish and Romanians, Greeks and Poles I learned that if your native culture determines who you are, it’s only through the exchange of knowledge and feelings that you come to realize that there’s a vast world beyond every single border.

And what does this have to do with the fact that I’m in Poland now?

Well, I couldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for such an enlightening experience: I can talk in public without feeling my heart is going to blow up; I am aware of my limits but I do know that they can be overcome; I can handle my workload without panicking if something goes wrong. As simple as that. This personal development boosted by the experience in Cyprus – combined with my studies in International Relations and General Management – made me able to apply successfully for this position.

So, why am I here?

I am here to work in the CaSYPoT Project at the Euroregion Baltic – International Permanent Secretariat in Elblag where I’ll be dealing with communication and dissemination related activities as well as the capitalization of the results of the surveys carried out in the South Baltic Region. Obviously, only if the glacial Polish winter will not tear this Mediterranean guy down!

 

ERB position on future EU Cohesion Policy after 2020

During the ERB Executive Board meeting in Palanga (18th-19th September) a position paper on the future EU Cohesion Policy after 2020 was signed by Ms. Akko Karlsson, ERB president, and Mr. Per Ole Petersen, ERB Vice-President.

In the document, the ERB adopted four main recommendations regarding a strengthened EU Cohesion Policy, the importance of European Territorial Cooperation and people-to-people projects, improved coordination with macro-regional strategies, and simplified administrative and financial regulations.

ERB supports economic, social and territorial cohesion, recognizing the importance of the European Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs underlying, in this frame, the need of distinguishing between cohesion and investment policies.

One point that has been underlined regards the need of adopting shared management instruments for a real involvement of actors at local and regional level, apart from the development of small-scale, people-to-people projects in order to build-up trust in the neighbouring regions.

ERB will strive to align its activities with the macro-regional strategies- with the EUSBSR in this case. Moreover, in this macro-region Russia plays a fundamental role that pushed ERB to commit in carrying on a dialogue with Kaliningrad Region on topics of common interests.

Finally, ERB asked for simplified administrative and financial regulations.

The position is available at this link.

EC Communication on boosting development in border regions

Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions” is the title of the communication that EU Commission adopted in Brussels on 20th September 2017.

The communication is the result of two years long research and dialogue with local authorities across borders and various stakeholders. The aim of the communication is to reduce administrative and legal obstacles of cross-border interaction smoothing cooperation and cohesion among EU internal border-regions. These regions cover the 40% of EU territory accounting for 150 million people.

Since 1990 Interreg program has been supporting cross-border cooperation financing projects and initiatives to improve connectivity and cohesion, boost economic growth and undertake a path of trust through people to people projects. Despite positive results difficulties still persist: lack of information; complicated administrative procedures; lack of coordination; different tax regimes; different living standards.

In order to tackle them, the Commission has developed a “Border Focal Point” aiming at providing key actors with support to address cross-border issues, sharing experiences and good practices, ensuring that the Commission will take into due account the cross-border regional dimension in its future key actions. Within this framework, the Commission intends to address 10 key actions: deepening cooperation and exchanges; improving the legislative process; enabling cross-border public administration; providing reliable and understandable information and assistance; supporting cross-border employment; promoting border multi-lingualism; facilitating cross-border accessibility; promoting greater pooling of health-care facilities; considering the legal and financial framework for cross-border cooperation; building evidence of cross-border interaction to inform decision-making.

As EU internal border regions contribute significantly to the wealth of Europe, evidence shows that by reducing administrative and legal discontinuities much can be gained. This is the reason why EU Commission will continue to contribute to the progress of border regions funding programmes to boost their development.

Open call for Host Organisations: Traineeship for higher education students

If you’re interested in expanding your team with skilful and motivated trainees, do not miss this opportunity to engage international students able to add value to your organisation.

“European Universities for EU projects” awards students from several European Universities with scholarships for internships focusing on EU projects’ development. Trainees with different academic backgrounds – i.e. International Relations, Economics and Business, Human Rights, Translation – will receive a scholarship and an insurance from the Erasmus+ programme over a period ranging from 2 to 4 months throughout 2018. Eligible receiving organisations such as public bodies, NGO, private enterprises, educational centres must be based in one of the Erasmus + Programme Countries.

Applications for hosting organisations are open from 9th October to the 3rd November. If you need more information, please check EUGen – European Generation website.

 

 

 

Youth Exchange in Denmark: participants needed!

A Youth Exchange entitled “Youth 3.0”, organized by Europe Direct Bornholm in partnership with the Association of Polish Communes at Euroregion Baltic, Kumulus and the Association of non-governmental youth organization of Kretinga district ‘Round Table’, will take place in Rønne (Bornholm) – Denmark on 14-20 January involving 30 participants from Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Lithuania.

The Youth Exchange aims at raising awareness of non-formal education and the practical aspects using ICT technologies in daily work by youth workers, youth leaders and youth groups working for peer groups and local communities. During the exchange, every participant will have the opportunity to acquire as well as improve several skills such as: the ability to work in a team; the ability to work under stress; the ability to negotiate; the ability to command a group; the ability to speak in public.

At the end of the exchange, during which all travel expenses as well costs for food and accommodation are fully covered, every participant will receive a YouthPass which is a pan-European document to validate the competencies acquired during experiences abroad.

If you’re a Polish living in Pomorskie or Warmińsko-Mazurskie, a Russian citizen living in Kaliningrad Region, Lithuanian living in the Klaipeda Region aged 16-30 years old, please send an e-mail to Ms. Agata Ludwiczak: agata.ludwiczak@euroregionbaltic.eu for more details.

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