Batlic Sea Tourism Centre new website

We are very happy to announce that the Baltic Sea Tourism Center (BSTC) has now online presence at www.bstc.eu. The Baltic Sea Tourism Center is a permanent center of expertise for improved communication and cooperation in tourism in the Baltic Sea Region.

The website addresses the BSTC network as well as political decision makers, institutions, destination management organisations, other Interreg projects etc,on national and regional levels.

Apart from presenting information about the BSTC project itself, the website highlights the future BSTC’s core competencies – partnerships, insights, and skills. The BSTF as well as further events and the latest news will be updated regularly. The current website version will be filled with more content in the course of the next months.

 

 

“On the way of cooperation in the South Baltic Sea”

The Association of Polish Communes of Euroregion Baltic and the European Solidarity Centre would like to invite you to the first Umbrella project’s Awareness Raising Event in Gdansk, ECS, on 11th-12th June!

Let’s know more about UMBRELLA: 

Umbrella is a project financed by INTERREG South Baltic. Approved last November, it was officially launched on 14th-15th February and now it is in its initial phase. The project is framed in the priority axis V of the SBP: improve the cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks.

The overall objective of the project is to initiate a process of capacity building involving small municipalities, NGOs and other local/ regional organizations in order to transfer them knowledge and capacities, and to include them in the current cross-border cooperation networks.

Aggregation, spread of common European values and “South Baltic Identity” are the values that move our cross-border cooperation. Therefore, through this Awareness Raising Event we would like to help small local/ regional organizations enter the already existent networks of cross-border cooperation raising their awareness on (grant) opportunities in the South Baltic Region.

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South Baltic Programme approves 10 new projects

During the last month meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg South Baltic Programme taking place on Bornholm, the Committee decided to approve 10 new projects for funding.

The following project were approved:

Specific Objective 2.1. Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations

  • ArcheoBalt – Laying fixed foundations for innovative Archeotourism – a new “green” Archeoroute in the Southern Baltic Sea Region
  • SB WELL – Wellbeing Tourism for the South Baltic Region – Guidelines for best practices and Promotion
  • SOUTH BALTIC MANORS – Valorisation of manors for tourism development in rural areas of the South Baltic area

Specific Objective 2.2. Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area

  • COASTAL Biogas – Cluster On Anaerobic digestion, environmental Services and NuTrients removAL
  • WASTEMAN – Integrated Sustainable Waste Management Systems decreasing pollution discharges in the South Baltic area

Specific Objective 3. Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area

  • Connect2SmallPorts – South Baltic Small Ports as Gateways towards Integrated Sustainable European Transport System and Blue Growth by Smart Connectivity Solutions
  • INCONE60 – Inland Blue Transport Connector E60
  • PARKING GETS SMART – Improved & digitalised parking management as tool to foster green and multimodal transport in the South Baltic area

Specific Objective 4. Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions

  • BFA – BALTIC FOR ALL
  • SB BRIDGE – building bridges for green-tech future

 

The resources from the European Regional Development Fund to be allocated to these projects amount to 15 066 852,69 EUR (19% of the Programme financial capacity).

The Monitoring Committee decided also to open the 6th call for proposals from 1 October until 18 December 2018 for the Specific Objectives: 2.2, 3, 4 and 5.

Please visit the Programme’s website for more detailed information about the results of the call.

New! UBC’s Bulletin: “Sharing the European Dream”

The new Union of the Baltic Cities’ Bulletin is now edited with important contents on immigrants’ integration. Europe is facing a huge refugee’s crisis nowadays and it is fundamental to undertake proper measures to welcome, provide support and integrate these people in our societies. Read more on-line and discover Cities’ stories and how they approach the reality when it comes to integration.

Cohesion policy after 2020?

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

2nd ENCATC Capacity Building Days and Youth in Action Day

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

Video contest: innovations in the South Baltic region

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

Save the date: 14th May- 11th Baltic Sea Region Forum

“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

 

AEBR`s Youth Forum on CBC Innovation Entrepreneurs

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. moisio@ekarjala.fi.

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