On 23rd March, local and regional leaders of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) gathered together in Brussels with the rapporteur of the European Parliament Jan Olbrycht to discuss about the Cohesion Policy after 2020.
After several discussions on shortenings in the EU budget, what strongly emerged is that the Cohesion Policy should not become marginalized. On the contrary, its strategic role should be maintained and reinforced to persevere in achieving the target of cohesion, namely the reduction of regional disparities in EU. What does it mean? It means to provide EU’s citizens with an improved and balanced quality of life in all the regions, and especially along the borders that are often marginalized. This is fundamental to do not erode the single market and trusty relations among the States and to preserve Europe from an increasing nationalism.
Mieczysław Struk, president of Pomorskie Region (Poland), gave his contribution with a draft opinion on The cost and risk of non-cohesion: The strategic value of cohesion policy for pursuing the Treaty objectives and facing new challenges for European regions .
Despite Brexit and the consequent debates on EU budget, the EU Parliament is calling for support after 2020 for the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, trying to avoid cuts in the budget and to maintain the current level of spendings. The wish is to support regional development through the ERDF, ESF and the Cohesion Fund. Furthermore, it emerged a need to improve programs like Horizon 2020, COSME, YEI, Erasmus + and LIFE + to strengthen cooperation for economy, competitiveness and youth opportunities. But these are not the only sectors that would need an improvement if it is considered the migration crisis and how to deal with security and defence.
CoR called for a “budget that supports a Europe closer to its citizens” and for a future Cohesion Policy as “pillar of the EU’s future”.
You can read the entire article here: http://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/There-is-no-future-for-Europe-without-solidarity.aspx
Are you up for an exciting opportunity? European Projects Association is inviting students, teachers and early career professionals from across Europe and beyond to participate in the 2nd ENCATC Capacity Building Days and Youth in Action Day organized by ENCATC (European network on cultural management and policy) on 17-19th May in Prague, CZ.
During the three day course, participants will gain knowledge in:
- European programmes impacting the cultural and creative sector and cultural heritage
- Innovative practices on cultural management and policy
- EU policy development
- Funding opportunities for the cultural sector
This event will be a unique opportunity for participants to learn more about activities planned by the EU, Member States and cultural operators in the framework of this year, as well about funding opportunities and innovative projects.
Registration closes on 13th May! For free registration and event details open the following link: REGISTRATION
Are you up for an exciting opportunity? The South Baltic Programme invites the South Baltic Region’s 16-20 years old high school senior and university students (individuals or groups) to participate in a video contest producing a short film (up to 3 minutes) on these topics:
- Sustainable Tourism
- Green Technologies
- Sustainable Transport
The aim of the contest is to promote South Baltic Programme’s projects, innovative solutions, opportunities for improvement linked with these themes, and helping to tackle potential issues, obstacles, lacks. The deadline for the participants to send their video is the 14th of May , 2018 (23:59). 5 winners will be awarded with attractive prizes!! For more information visit the website of South Baltic Programme: https://southbaltic.eu/-/video-contest-innovations-in-the-south-baltic-region
“Baltic Sea Region Cooperation during Challenging Times” is the topic of the 11th Baltic Sea Region Forum organized by Centrum Balticum. The event will take place on 14th May 2018 at Turku School of Economics and it will be an occasion to discuss about topics like digitalization and security.
For more details, please see the BSRForum_2018_programme
Registration is now open here
Are you up for an exciting opportunity? The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) invites you in the first AEBR Youth Forum on CBC Innovation Entrepreneurs that will take place in Drama, Greece and will be hosted by Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry. If you are an open minded person, you enjoy socializing with other people and you are interested to participate in a Bootcamp on innovation in Border Areas, then you are strongly encouraged to apply. The organizers covers accommodation and meals and AEBR subsidies a maximum of 100 Euro for travel expenses. You can find the application form here 3_Application_Drama_June_2018 (1). For further information you can have a look in the following documents: 1_ANNOUNCEMENT AEBR and 2_PROGRAM2_ AEBR or you can contact Johanes Moisio, chair of the AEBR Task force External Borders: johannes. email@example.com.
The Baltic University Programme, together with Hamburg University of applied Sciences and the Universitity of Applied Sciences Zittau/Gorliz are organizing a Student Conference that will take on 28th May to 1st of June 2018 in Zittau, Germany. The conference is hosted under BUP’s German presidency and the topic is “Innovation for Sustainable Development: Resource and Energy Efficiency in Production and Transportation”. The goal of the conference is to contribute in order to make participants learn and discuss about the role of technological and social innovations for sustainable development.
The target group of the course is Bachelor and Master Students from the Baltic Sea Region, especially with a technical background and at least of one year of experience, However, participants from other fields or disciplines are also welcomed. Deadline for the submission of application is the 20th of March 2018. You can find the application form here BUP Students Conference Application form 2018 . For further information please have a look to the attached documents. BUP SC 2018_Announcement_ letter and BUP_Students Conference_2018_Zittau Germany preliminary information.
The Allianssi Cruise is a 2 day programme conference which covers and debates varius current topics in youth work. It gathers about 1.400 youth work professionals (Finnish youth workers, researchers and policy makers) to a cruise boat in order to discuss, evaluate, innovate and develop their work towards the young people. The cruise also offers the possibility of deeper cooperation between partners and the development of new project ideas. Furthermore, perspectives to other European Topics, such as hate speech,youth participation social incucion etc, will be discussed during the workshops.
The event is organized by Allianssi, the national youth council of Finland, and will take place on 11th to 12th of April 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. Citizens from Germany, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, Switzerland are eligible to participate. This project is financed by Erasmus+ progamme and the selected participants will receive a reimbursement for all the travell costs relevant with the participation in the course. For further information you can visit Allianssi`s website. http://www.alli.fi/english/
Uppsala (Sweden) is going to host the 16th Baltic Sea NGO Forum, an important occasion if your organization is an NGO wishing to gain new knowledge and to transfer it to the civil society. » Read more
An interesting year ahead for Interreg Baltic Sea Region. As underlined by Susanne Scherrer, Director of the Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat, in the course of 2018 projects of the first call will deliver their main outputs, project platforms will pick up their work to maximise the effects of projects’ results and the vast majority of the Programme’s funds will be allocated to the third call project selection. From 5 October 2017 to 15 January 2018, Interreg Baltic Sea Region was accepting new project ideas for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region in the third call for project applications. As many as 269 project idea forms have been submitted throughout this time period.
As for the Baltic Sea cooperation with Russia, the Financing Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Commission has successfully been concluded and signed. A total of EUR 8.8 million of EU and Russian funding is now available to enable full participation of Russian partners in our cooperation projects and thus closes the circle of countries bordering the Baltic Sea. According to the Financing Agreement, the European Commission allocated EUR 4.4 million from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to Interreg Baltic Sea Region for Russian beneficiaries. In parallel, Russia earmarked EUR 4.4 million for the Programme budget. The funding rate for Russian partners is up to 85%. All funds will be implemented based on the same set of Programme rules.
At the same time, the foundation of Transnational Cooperation funding after 2020 is being laid. The document is a good opportunity to take a look at the role that Interreg transnational programmes actually play in the context of the EU’s cohesion policy and at the added value of transnational cooperation from the Baltic Sea region and across Europe.
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On February 14-15 UMBRELLA kick-off meeting took place in the frame of the celebrations for ERB 20th Anniversary. UMBRELLA, within whom ERB plays the role of Lead Partner, 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.
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