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Umbrella 2.0 Report: “Entry points” to EUSBSR Cooperation

Introduced in 2009, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was the first EU macro-regional strategy of the European Union. Formally adopted by the European Council after a communique from the European Commission (EC), the EUSBSR is an agreement signed between the Member States and the EC to strengthen cooperation between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea and to meet the many joint challenges as well as benefit from common opportunities facing the Baltic Sea region through three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity.


The Umbrella 2.0 project has been developed precisely to make the EUSBSR more “user-friendly” for the local stakeholders. The Umbrella 2.0 project was initiated by the Euroregion Baltic (ERB) and is implemented throughout 2021 with two partners: Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC). This project is funded by the Swedish Institute, which has supported Baltic Sea cooperation for many years, especially among the local actors. The project also builds on two previous capacity building projects successfully implemented by the Euroregion Baltic and its Partners within the Interreg South Baltic Programme.

Over the course of two months, the experts conducted a series of 14 interviews with Coordinators of all Policy Areas of the Strategy, attempting on the one hand to gain a broad picture of the current status of local stakeholders’ participation but also to listen to interesting ideas and proposals on what should be done further to integrate them in the works of the Strategy. To this end, we asked several questions through which we have received a great deal of interesting feedback and some concrete proposals for the future of the EUSBSR implementation.

The resulting report is directed both towards the local stakeholders who are newcomers to the Strategy as well as those local actors who are more experienced in Baltic cooperation but would like to organise their knowledge and understanding of how the Strategy can be of use for them. Lastly, we hope that this report will help all institutions directly or indirectly involved in implementing the EUSBSR to learn more about the importance of improved collaboration with the local level of governance to achieve the goals outlined in the Strategy.

Download the Umbrella 2.0 report here:

About the ERB Water Core Group

WCG Work Plan 2020-2022

List of ERB WCG members: http://www.eurobalt.org/category/water-core-group-board/

The project Interconnect Tourism  seed money project is successfully finalized. The results and roadmap for further joint action was presented during the final project partner meeting in Karlskrona in May 2022.

The project has resulted in a technical road map, swot analysis and finally a draft set up with exemplary activities for a future full scale project for implementation.

The Seed Money project also includes summarized reports from stakeholder dialogues, held in each country. The reports points out several benefits and interest to apply the mobile technology developed in the previous interconnect project on the tourism sector. The reports also suggests technical improvements to be further developed as well as ways to build an organisational structure for further implementation.

Interconnect tourism was part financed by Seed Funding from Swedish Institute for Baltic Sea Cooperation

Do you want to participate in our Erasmus+ exchange in Kalmar this summer? Are you 18-30 years old? Do you want to learn about entrepreneurship and connect with youth from the Baltic sea region?

Euroregion Baltic Youth Board invites you to Kalmar, Sweden, 31 of July to 5 of August!

Registration here: https://forms.gle/2u9bGLc6WgGHSwYg6


On 6th June 2022 the Young Generation Dialogue Forum was held in Elbląg, with the participation of over 30 people – representatives of Youth Councils together with their guardians, who operate in the member self-governments of the Association from: Elbląg, Malbork, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie and Dzierzgoń.

The organizer of the event was the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic.

The aim of this event was to integrate the community of Youth Local Government Councils, exchange experiences, search for inspiration for youth activities for the benefit of young people and establish cooperation with Youth Councils.

Along with the agenda of the Forum, participants of the event received 2 handbooks created as part of the INDIGISE project – “Manual – how to stimulate social entrepreneurship using non-formal and informal learning methods” and “Social Enterpreneurship Methodology Handbook”.

Participants of the event were introduced to the activities of the Youth Councils, their goals and directions of activities. Hosts of the meeting also presented the assumptions of the INDIGISE project, sources of financing, project partnership, activities carried out in Poland, and in other countries. Furthermore, the candidate for a member of the ERB Youth Board, Dawid Jędrzejewski, shared the results of the participation of young representatives of the Councils in the “International Social Entrepreneurship Camp” that was first held in Klaipeda on 9-11th May 2022, and later on 13-14th May, online. He also presented a website dedicated to the social entrepreneurship, aimed at serving young people, which was created within another project and is being developed as part of INDIGISE project.

The special guest of the Forum was Ms Joanna Glezman, Head of the Department for Social Dialogue and Public Benefit of the Marshal’s Office of the Warmia and Mazuria Region, together with Ms Maja Świtkowska from the same Department.

Ms Joanna Glezman introduced the participants to many interesting youth oriented initiatives and projects undertaken by Warmia and Mazuria Region since 2015, such as “Local system of supporting youth initiatives” or “We act for the benefit of local communities“, the assumption of which is to create and strengthen conditions for the development of creative potential, civic activity and competences of young people, developing intergenerational cooperation, building local coalitions and partnerships, and also supporting initiatives developed by young people. Furthermore, Ms Joanna Glezman also discussed projects for young people, indicated the most active areas, discussed the assumptions of the working group established by a Resolution of the Board of the Warmia and Masuria Region “Strengthening the creative potential, civic activity and social competences of young people”, and many other initiatives for young people, such as the annual Youth Forum of Warmia and Mazuria Region, during which the problems faced by youth and their needs are discussed. Ms Glezman also invited the participants to the next Youth Forum of Warmia and Mazuria Region which will be held on 10th June 2022.

The Young Generation Dialogue Forum was combined with thematic workshops aimed at shaping innovative, entrepreneurial and participatory attitudes and thinking of young people. This part also included a discussion panel on the needs of youth, the environment in which they live, their social activity, and setting directions for action. The entire part was conducted by the CIVIS POLONUS Foundation from Warsaw.

Forum participants also had a chance to learn about the good practices withinn the activities undertaken by Youth Councils, cities and counties from different regions of Poland, presented by the Foundation as initiatives or projects that changed the community.

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The event has been developed under the INDIGISE project funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the project coordinator and may not always reflect the views of the European Commission or the National Agency.

On 9-11th May 2022 almost 30 young people from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Norway had an opportunity to participate in the International Social Entrepreneurship Camp organized by the University of Klaipeda within the Indigise project. Participants promoted youth social entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea region, and also had a chance to seek positive social and environmental changes in society.

The workshop in Lithuania was conducted under the guidance of experts from universities, non-governmental organizations and business networks, who acted in accordance with the latest trends in education. Participants of the Indigise project event provided support and through educational tools used in non-formal education were able to:

  • co-create youth-oriented, innovative educational tools to develop entrepreneurial competences in the field of the social economy;
  • disseminate the idea of ​​social entrepreneurship among young people in the northern region of Europe;
  • provide the necessary competences and support tools to enable young people to develop ideas for social business;
  • promote the concept of social entrepreneurship and support new social enterprises in the Baltic Sea Region create ways of encouraging young people to innovative and creative thinking, cooperation and risk-taking through two camps – InnoCamps, organized in Norway and Lithuania in 2021;
  • co-create a document – InnoCamp Methodology Handbook – a step-by-step instruction on how to prepare a similar camp – InnoCamp for young people, which can be used by: schools, educators, non-governmental organizations, etc.

The exchange of experience, learning about functioning of existing social enterprises and international cooperation resulted in many great and financially aspiring business ideas, which were later consulted during the online part of the event on 13-14th May 2022. It was also an opportunity to present the socialenterprisebsr.net platform, carry out individual consultations on the participants’ business plans and get to know where to look for substantive support by young entrepreneurs.

“Through this short trip, we were able to get to know each other in the context of social coexistence and demonstrate the most important social dilemmas for the development of our own business focused on social goals. Thank you for welcoming us and for the opportunity to take advantage of the experience and we look forward to the next ones “- said Dawid Markun, one of the participants.

One of the outputs of this event is the “Social Entrepreneurship Innovation Methodology Manual” which outlines guidelines for organizing innovation camps or similar events with a strong emphasis on social entrepreneurship.

The handbook is a set of interactive and innovative educational materials and ICT tools as well as gamification and brainstorming methods dedicated to training, education and awareness raising on social entrepreneurship among young people, which is recommended for use later by schools in other EU countries, universities, NGOs, etc.

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The event has been developed under the INDIGISE project funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the project coordinator and may not always reflect the views of the European Commission or the National Agency.

Gustaw Marek Brzezin, Marshal of Warmia and Masuria Region, chaired the meeting of Euroregion Baltic Executive Board, which was held on the 11th of May in Växjö, capital the Region Kronoberg in Sweden. It was the first physical meeting of Euroregion Baltic, after more than two years of Covid-19 pandemic.

Executive Board Members deeply discussed current international situation, especially in Ukraine, and its impact on countries and regions, Baltic Sea Region cooperation and Euroregion Baltic. Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation has been formally suspended in Euroregion Baltic and has not participated in the cooperation since the beginning of March. Moreover, Russian partners do not participate in joint projects any more.

On 23rd April, as part of the international project Creative Waves – Baltic Sisterhood for Change, Intercult Sweden held a workshop with Intercult artistic director Wieslawa Tokarska. Participants joined the event at Intercult’s office at Södermalm in Stockholm to learn more about how to make jewelry made of felt, wool and amber (stone).

Wieslawa Tokarska is a trained seamstress and for 20 years she has had her own sewing studio for women’s clothing in Poland. There she designed and sewed party dresses, wedding dresses and clothes for dance competitions. She has been knitting and crocheting since primary school. Over the years, she combined sewing with traditional craft techniques and new designs, in the beginning as a hobby and eventually as a versatile, artistic profession. Wieslawa is today retired and a well-known expert in various traditional craft techniques. She teaches women in Poland and in Sweden craft techniques, e.g. how to work with felt, silk, lace, embroidery, stones and pearls, teach how to make scarves in felt and silk from delicate Australian merino wool, blouses, jackets and bags. She also creates different types of jewelry.

  • Wieslawa Tokarska opened the workshop by telling the participants about the materials; wool, felt and amber that she uses to create her jewelry.
  • The next step in the process was to choose which leaf shape the jewelry should mimic. Wieslawa showed two different patterns / stencils of leaves that you place on the blanket and then cut out to proceed from.
  • When all the participants had chosen the shape they wanted, cut it out of the blanket, it was free to choose which colors their jewelry would have. The fine wool came in several different shades and you could use just a few or as many colors as you wanted.
  • After the participants carefully laid thin layers on layers of wool, on both the front and back side, they all placed their stone in the middle of the front of the jewelry and also covered that part with a layer of wool. When these steps were completed, Wieslawa showed the participants her technic that binds together the materials – where plastic base, soap and water are needed. In order for the wool to stabilize and for the stone to stick, an abundant amount of water is sprayed directly on the material and also one to two pumps of liquid soap. Then we folded the plastic base, so that the plastic covers the entire back and front of the jewelry, and then added even more water and soap directly to the plastic.
  • Now the needlework begins! To tie together the materials – that create the beautiful surface of the jewelry –  you need to intensively polish / massage with your hand on the plastic that lies over the jewelry. Maintain a hard and even pressure with one hand on the stone, so that it does not move, and with the other hand polish / rub the materials together until the stone is completely firm.
  • When the stone is completely solid – you cut the details of the flattened wool according to the shape of the leaf stencil. Then you have to wait until the wool is completely dry to do the finishing steps of the jewelry.
  • The last step in transforming the felt, wool and stone into a beautiful, traditional Polish piece of jewelry is to carefully cut off a small piece of the wool layer that lies over the stone and fold the edges of the jewelry to mimic a leaf. When the stone is visible and the edges have volume, you can choose whether you want to make a necklace, of twisted wool, to hang the jewelry in or maybe sew a brooch pin on the back.

On 26th March, as a part of the Creative Waves – Baltic Sisterhood for Change project, Intercult (project leader) held a workshop with its artistic director – Halina Rosa. Participants of the event visited Intercult’s office at Södermalm in Stockholm to learn more about painting with traditional rose patterns on fabric. 

Halina Bartoszek-Rosa is an artist, painter, designer of textile patterns, designer of modern costumes with folk patterns and editor-in-chief of the magazine DESIGNER. In 2020, she was honored with the title Ambassador of Cultural Heritage of the World Polonia and in 2018 for the Sweden Business Women Ambassador for having promoted entrepreneurship and creativity among women.

  • At the beginning of the workshop Halina Rosa told the group about her experiences in design, crafts and the technique she has developed during many years to create the beautiful rose patterns she makes today. Halina painted her first roses at a very young age and even today roses are a big part of her creation, design and life.

 

  • After the introduction, the workshop participants attached the fabric to an even surface, Halina uses cardboard, to be able to easily draw the patterns you then paint on the fabric. Here you have free hands to draw your own pattern of twigs, leaves and roses.
  • When everyone had sketched their own creative pattern, Halina then showed the participants how to apply paint to the fabric with brushes. First you fill in and paint the whole pattern with a black color. To create a background. When the black color was completely dry, we poured a small amount of the colors from the chosen palette, which was white and blue to mix three different shades of blue on a separate plate. With different shades of light and dark blue you can create depth and give life to the roses you paint.
  • It is a challenging technique to paint the rose petals in the same way as Halina taught, but practice gives skill and the paintings from this workshop became fantastic. The tips, that Halina Rosa taught the participants, on how to paint a rose petal was to use a small amount of paint on the brush and only have paint on one side of the brush when painting.

Art and crafts. A joint creation. A moment of joy and sisterhood in a world that is becoming increasingly more difficult to handle. A hope to be able to live on creativity and passion. An inspiration and a small beginning on a long new path.

“Creative Waves” is  about building a female community, a safe place that fosters bonds and joint work.

In the last two weeks of February the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre project team, together with the embroiderer Katarzyna Magierowska and the new technologies coach, Dorota Madej conducted a series of workshops at the Kwidzyn Cultural Center (Kwidzyńskie Centrum Kultury)within the Creative Waves project. The participants of those workshops had an opportunity to learn the basics of white embroidery in the Powisle region, to transfer its elements to their clothes and to design a prototype of a mobile application that has a chance to support other people learning embroidery in the future.

The workshops sparked a lot of enthusiasm in our group – the girls “caught the bug” of embroidery and working together. Ideas for new common activities for the future are slowly emerging …

“The Creative Waves – Baltic Sisterhood for Change” project supports the creative and social activity of women in the Baltic Sea Region.

On 10th March the Euroregion Baltic Executive Board met online to officially commence its work for the 2022. The meeting was attended by representatives of each member region, apart from Kaliningrad Region which was suspended in ERB cooperation due to current situation in Ukraine.

This year’s first Executive Board meeting was particularly important due to another changing presidency. The previous presidency held in 2021 by Blekinge Region represented by presidents Mr Johan Sandberg and Mrs Elin Petersson was officially handed over to the Warmia and Masuria Region and its Marshal, Mr Gustaw Marek Brzezin, who became the new ERB president.

The Board discussed the ERB goals and activities implemented in 2021
by the ERB International Permanent Secretariat. Also representatives of the Water Core Group and Mobility Core Group presented reports on the activities implemented in 2021. Furthermore future activities and steps planned for 2022 were discussed.

The following priority goals for 2022 have been established:

  • activity within the South Baltic Programme,
  • sustainable development through cooperation,
  • building competences and acting people to people through contacts,
  • youth.
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.