The main topic of this year’s Forum is Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
The programme for the two-day event includes 19 seminars on a wide range of topics that support the thematic focus of the Forum. During the seminars, you will be able to see the potential for the development of the Circular Economy in the Baltic Sea Region in areas such as food, health, tourism, transport, cities, bioeconomy, industry, education, migrants, labour market and demography.
The Forum also offers the opportunity to participate in the Networking Village where participants can have a direct contact with those responsible for the work of EUSBSR.
The successful collaboration between organizations and people in the Baltic Sea Region requires broadest possible mobilization and participation of stakeholders in all respective countries. European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) requires strong bottom-up participation and a sense of “ownership” by various stakeholders. This applies to both policy shaping and practical implementation.
The participation of citizens and organizations at all governance levels, across sectors and across all borders is a prerequisite for the positive development of cooperation within the EU and an important part of the EU’s cohesion policy. Like previous years, even this year´s Participation Day is arranged In connection with the Annual Forum.
The Participation Day is an important opportunity for new stakeholders to get in touch with the cooperation within the EU and to meet colleagues who already have experience of EU cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.
Participation Day is a kind of marketplace where stakeholders can present their ideas, get feedback and guidance from the policy community enabling new stakeholders to participate in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Our aim is to reduce the step into the Strategy, making our guiding principle with multi-level governance and cross-sectorial cooperation a reality. We invite representatives of EUSBSR stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, academia, business and media, to the Participation Day in Gdansk.
This year’s Participation Day focuses on four thematic areas
• Innovations for a circular and socially coherent economy
• Urban mobility – smart and sustainable
• Antimicrobial resistance and pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea Region environment
• Competence supply.
The UMBRELLA project team and HA Capacity as the organisers will do their best to ensure that as many different organisations/networks as possible can attend and present their proposals and views. You are therefore also invited to present in advance short, concise and concrete project proposals, concepts or ideas about the themes of the Participation Day.
The organizers of the 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum- that will take place in Gdansk on 12-13 June 2019- invite strategic stakeholders to propose relevant seminars for the event.
Seminars are the core of the Forum, devolved to the exchange of angles, ideas and initiatives, and they are expected to relate to at least one of the three main themes of this year:
1. “Going circular- a pathway to well-being in the Baltic Sea Region” 2. “Business-driven approach to circular economy in the Baltic Sea Region” 3. “Demography and circularity in the Baltic Sea Region: interdependent or disconnected?”
Guidelines for staging a seminar are available here
Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region
This is the main topic of the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region that will take place in Gdańsk on June 12-13, 2019.
The Forum will create the opportunity to participate in 18 thematic panels/workshops and Networking Village within three main thematic sessions:
‘Going circular – a pathway to well-being in the Baltic Sea Region’
‘Business-driven approach to circular economy in the Baltic Sea Region’
‘Demography and circularity in the Baltic Sea Region: interdependent or disconnected?’
The Forum will be hosted by the Pomorskie Region, together with the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) under the Norwegian chairmanship, in close cooperation with the European Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and other partners.
About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will gather to debate on trends and opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Regional Council in Kalmar County (Sweden), the Association of Polish Communes of Euroregion Baltic (Poland) and Umbrella project’s partnership would like to invite you to the two-day South Baltic Sea Conference:
“Bioeconomy – agricultural and fishery challenges for the future” in Kalmar, on 18th-19th September.
The conference is co-organized with the EUSBSR PA Bioeconomy- Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
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.
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.