Adopted in December 2017 as a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, INTERCONNECT serves as a clear example of a change in the public transport system in the Baltic Sea Region. Indeed, the EUSBSR is implemented, among others, by flagships namely a single project, a set of project contributing to the same action or a process. According to the EUSBSR the label of a flagship can be given to a project/process that fulfils certain criteria: it has a high macro-regional impact; it contributes to meeting the objectives, indicators and targets of the EUSBSR; it is related to the implementation of one or more actions of the policy area/horizontal action concerned.
On December 11-13th CaSYPoT project partners met in the City of Słupsk. The conference saw the participation of delegates representing local and regional bodies, NGOs, universities, cultural associations from Poland, Sweden, Russia, Italy and Lithuania. Welcomed by Mr Robert Biedroń, Mayor of City of Słupsk, and Mr Per Ole Petersen, ERB Vice-President and Member of the Council of Regional Municipality of Bornholm (Denmark), participants gathered for the presentation of the cross-border comparative report and analyse its results as well as to evaluate further steps to take in order to address issues related to youth in the Baltic Sea Region.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.