Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017opening day: a report from Helsinki

On November 20th, IVY volunteer Domenico Misurelli took part in the opening session of the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 in Helsinki. Organized jointly by the Aleksanteri Institute (Finland), the Council of the Baltic Sea States and NORDEN Association (Russia), the event is designed as a one-week long series of lectures and workshops, taking place in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

Launched in 2014, for the first two years it was designed as a joint programme of the CBSS and Körber Foundation Germany which gathered young Europeans from their respective networks, who are interested in the history of the Baltic Sea Region. Organising programmes in border areas of the region, the young participants get to know each other’s cultures, in order to reflect, discuss and explore their shared identity. This year, the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue is focused on two main topics: Finland’s 100 years of independence and the cultural-historical relations and roots in the Baltic Sea Region

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Save the date: March 8-9, 2018 “Baltic Sea Future”

As the environmental and social challenges in the Baltic Sea Region are numerous, practical measures need to be addressed in order to promote a sustainable development and turn these challenges into opportunities.

On March 8-9 2018, researchers, politicians, investors and businessmen will be gathered  to discuss the future of the region. In this regard, Baltic Sea Future provides a new platform where stakeholders can share innovative ideas, create partnerships and design financial solutions. The aim is to increase the number of municipalities actively working towards a sustainable, prospering and internationally competitive Baltic Sea region.

For more information: www.balticseafuture.org

Valentina Scandola’s MA thesis: the final outcome of an internship at Euroregion Baltic

From April to September 2017, the International Permanent Secretariat of Euroregion Baltic hosted Valentina Scandola, an intern from Italy. Enrolled at the Master’s degree in Local Development – University of Padova (Italy), she spent six months at ERB studying the process of integration and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. As the graduation day approaches, Valentina has finally submitted her thesis entitled: Multilevel governance and territorial cooperation. Opportunities for local authorities in Euroregion Baltic.

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University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn: promoting ERB activities and youth mobility

On October 18th, Domenico Misurelli, IVY volunteer at ERB International Permanent Secretariat, and Dawid Jedrzejak, member of ERB – Youth Board, had the chance to organize a seminar at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn presenting ERB activities, ERASMUS + related projects, IVY initiative and CaSYPoT project.

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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.

Take a look at the video realized to promote the event

 

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.