If your organisation would like to start or expand collaborations capable of contributing to sustainable economic, environmental or social development in the Baltic Sea Region, take a look at the funding provided by the Swedish Institute.
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.
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.
On 12-13th June 2017, young Baltic Leaders from the Warmia-Mazury Region and the ERB Youth Board took part in the conference ‘Nothing about us without us!’, organised by the three pan-Baltic organisations UBC (Union of the Baltic Cities), BSSSC (Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation) and ERB (Euroregion Baltic). » Read more
The kick-off conference of the South Coast Baltic project took place in Bansin, Germany on 16th May 2017.
Bansin, is situated in the eastern part of the Usedom Island and is part of the seaside resort town of Heingsdorf in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Together, they are two of the best and most popular resorts on the German Baltic seaside. Not by chance, the city has been chosen for the launch of this project, whose aim is to improve the tourist reception in the Baltic Sea.
The first day of the meeting, organised by the Economic Development Corporation Vorpommern for the project and associated partners, was divided into three parts. The first part was dedicated to the presentation of the South Coast Baltic project, to have an overlook of the background of this action, from the implementation of the Marriage project, to future perspective on the Baltic Sea. The second part was taken as a moment for sharing good practices in tourism implementation in other European Regions. The last part consisted in a World Cafe’ in order to allow all the participants, representing different associations, to brainstorm and discuss some specific enquiries.
The SOUTH COAST BALTIC project has been ideated in order to build a long term cross-border destination management through the improvement of boating services and infrastructure, on the basis of the MARRIAGE cooperation network. MARRIAGE project, implemented between 2012 and 2015, had the aim of promoting cross-border destinations on domestic markets, building cooperation and exchange in water tourism management and marketing, and creating a consolidated network in the southern Baltic regions of Vorpommern (Germany), Zachodniopomorskie and Pomorskie (Poland), Kaliningrad (Russia), Klaipeda region (Lithuania).
The scope of SOUTH COAST BALTIC is to provide this network with added value that can reach an extended market. The challenge in these regions, now, is not only to access new target markets, but to provide repeaters and followers with high quality boating facilities and services, that need to be harmonized across the south coast Baltic area, also by means of a joint promotion. As MARRIAGE project struggled to build management competence, now the challenge is to do a step forward in managing strategically the destinations, increasing the quality of infrastructures and services.
SOUTH COAST BALTIC is a very rare case of a tourism project that tries to reconcile recreation (water sports, development of marinas, inland tours) with important issues tackled by the cross-border cooperation, like meeting environmental standards but also encouraging the economic and social development. Thus, there will be the coexistence of actions addressed to protecting natural areas, managing waters, creating interactive loyalty measures (like ‘save the whales’); enforcing receptive and restoration activities, and the creation of a touristic route. It has been thought to promote also cultural and natural sites, cultural events, encourage the consumption of local products, in order to create an inland network and to promote the Baltic Sea Region as a unique touristic destination.
Moreover, with this project an attempt to reach younger generations and families as target groups has been made. The current South Coast Baltic region is experiencing a demographic change as regard to sailing tourism where middle age men seem to have no time for maintaining a boat, while the usual sailors are getting older and older.
Being financed by the INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC PROGRAM, the project can be placed in the priority 2.1- to increase the green and blue potential of the region. But, it is also well-embedded in the EUSBSR since the project aims at connecting the region trough the development of marinas; it works in the field of increasing the prosperity through tourism and cultural activities, and lastly, it contributes to save the sea adopting sustainable measures.
Here you can find the presentation of the conference:2017-05-16_SCB_Kick-off_Overview on project goals & activities
The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office together with the Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission on 13 – 14 June 2017 in Berlin. » Read more
Euroregion Baltic has been featured in the latest edition of the Baltic Rim Economies (BRE).
In his article for the edition 6/2016 the ERB’s Head of International Secretariat focuses on one of the strategic areas of ERB cooperation under the Russian Presidency ie. the youth cooperation.
The short analysis includes presentation ERB’s concrete actions aiming to strengthen youth engagement in development of policies on local and regional level and also a strategic dialogue with other Baltic organisations – BSSSC and UBC on the development of youth policy in the entire Baltic Sea Region. As for the tools for strategic youth policies, the results of the ERB projects – CaSYPoT – Capacity Building for Strategic Youth Policy and Transnational Cooperation and CaSYPoT-Ru – a parallel project funded by the Swedish Institute allowing direct project participation for partners from the Kaliningrad Region, could be used in further work on the wider Baltic scale.
The article comes at the time when all three organisations – BSSSC, UBC and ERB in a discussion on the next steps which will include a joint seminar at the EUSBSR Forum in Berlin next year, and development of an Erasmus+ project on youth policy reform.
The entire article can be read here – Baltic Rim Economies 6/2016
Baltic Rim Economies (BRE) is published by the Pan-European Institute and deals with the development of the Baltic Sea region. In the BRE review, high level public and corporate decision makers, representatives of Academia, as well as several other experts contribute to the discussion.
A new tool for searching funding for Baltic Sea Region cooperation projects has been published by Swedish Institute and INTERACT. » Read more