Euroregion Baltic Board met in Elblag to discuss the two-year plan of strategic activities and prepare a Council meeting in Karlskrona on 14th March 2007 during which ERB presidency will be transferred to the Swedish Party, represented by Region Blekinge.
The Euroregion Baltic Council met in Svetlogorsk on 20 November 2006. It was the last Council meeting in 2006, during the Russian presidency The next will take place on 14 March 2007 and mark transfer of chairmanship in the organisation to the Swedish Party, repesented by Region Blekinge.
The Council discussed the future cooperation within Euroregion Baltic, paying most attention to the prioritised implementation of the Joint Development Programme and possible instruments of financial assistance to the actors implemnting it between 2007 and 2013, e.g. the European Territorial Cooperation programme in the South Baltic and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument programme for Poland, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Rgion. The COuncil also approved the Latvian request to withdraw from Euroregion Baltic.
European Parliament adopted a resolution on a Baltic Sea Strategy for the Northern Dimension. To see the text, please go to: Resolution
Today, the exchange seminar has begun of Europe Direct offices from around the Euroregion Baltic member regions. The regions are represented by the Europe Direct offices from Blekinge (Sweden), Bornholm (Denmark), Slupsk (Poland), Sodra Smaland (Sweden), and Warminsko-Mazurskie (Poland).
The aim of the seminar is to prepare a joint project to be implemented with the objective of drafting and disseminating information on how the EU policies and programmes can improve the integration of young people in the assistance to the development process within Euroregion Baltic.
The Board of Euroregion Baltic met in Karlskrona on 3rd October 2006. Among the topics discussed were the progress in the developent of the South Baltic CBC Programme, plans for joint cultural and sports projects within Euroregion, status of Latvian participation, response to the invitation to take part in the BEN project as well as the calendar for the meetings in 2007. The Board also debated on the status of the Seagull 2 project, as it acts as the project Steering Committee.
In 2005 seven members of the European Parliament: Christopher Beazley, Michael Gahler, Satu Hassi, Thomas Hedrik Ilves, Girts Valdis Krsitovskis, Henrik Lax and Alexander Stubb formed the Baltic Strategy Working Group and constructed the first contribution into the development of a European Baltic Sea Strategy. To read the paper, pleae go to: Europe’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region