UMBRELLA project 2nd Awareness Raising Event in Denmark

On Europe Day, 9th May, UMBRELLA project held its second Awareness Raising Event. What better occasion to talk about EU opportunities for municipalities and educational institutions? These were the main focus groups of the conference that took place in Sorø, a small municipality located in the core of Region Zealand and perfect location to gather stakeholders from all the surroundings The host was Guldborgsund Municipality, represented by our Umbrella’s partners Anna Topp Gustavsen and Frede Danborg, and by the Mayor John Brædder, who spent some welcoming words to provide an overview of the region’s affairs and projects. Co-organizer of the event was CELF- Centre for Vocational Educational Lolland- Falster, represented by Claus Brandt Kristensen.

What was the scope of our Awareness Raising Event? Well, as you might know, Umbrella is committed to increase capacity among local actors in the South Baltic Sea and to do so, information stands at the basis of all our activities. After the first ARE, held in Gdansk in June 2018, many things happened but there’s always need to meet new people and improve the networking, covering all the regions where our partners are located.

Very good point in our ARE was the presentation conducted by “Greater Copenhagen EU Office”, represented by Jesper Blaabjerg Holm who talked about EU funding opportunities, with some hints for the future programming period 2021-2027.

The afternoon session was marked by three parallel workshops on:

  • Renewable Energy, with focus on biomass and biogas thanks to the participation of the Energy Agency for the southeast Sweden and Gate 21 (DK)
  • Cultural Cooperation, that gathered a group from cultural centres and museums that came up with ideas for further cooperation
  • Educational cooperation, moderated by CELF representatives.

Please see all the presentations below:

We hope that the numerous occasions of networking during this day laid the basis for further collaboration and that participants will feel inspired to follow our next events and activities in fall!

Baltic Sea Youth 2030 meeting in Gdańsk

On the 6th and 7th of May the Baltic Sea Youth 2030 meeting took place in Gdansk.

Several Youth organizations have contributed and young people have had the opportunity to build the future plan together with experts  on youth and cooperation.

ERB was present, along with CBSS, BSSSC, ERB, Latvian Youth Council, Swedish Youth, Council, Leontief Centre, Nordisk Institute på Åland/Ålands Natur och Milljö, ReGeneration 2030, International Cooperation Burau at the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, Morena Association, as well as LSU and  LJP representatives who joined online.

It was a crucial meeting to start a more systematic process of coordination amoung youth in the Baltic Sea Regions, to share with all the participants what has been done so far and  which steps to be taken for the future.

The topics discussed focused on the practical instruments to engage young people and to improve communication between youth organizations.

Young people underlined the real need to have the opportunity to meet several times a year, in addition to online meetings, to build a strong cooperation within the Baltic Sea Regions.

The wokshop on the second day, brought some real ideas for the possibilities and applications that youth can catch in the frame of Erasmus + program. Thanks to the experts present, youth have started to draw the initial ideas that will be developed in the future.


Young people are planning to create a video and a letter for all organizations, politicians and adults who can and want to actively contribute, in order to ask their support.

Let’s make our voice heard!

Text by our IVY volunteer – Milena Pallotta

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.

 

 

Partner search – Green Passages as Our Common Heritage and Good

The EcoDefense, an NGO based in Kaliningrad, is looking for partners, possibly Nordic NGOs, for a project aimed to study and protect the tree avenues of Kaliningrad region, to be submitted to the NGO Support Program of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The project is to strengthen civil environmental rights through protection of an important element of our common historical, natural, and cultural landscape, the avenues, through cooperation and good practices transfer by Nordic, Baltic, Polish and Kaliningrad NGOs.

The avenues, or green corridors of Europe, are lines of trees by sides of roads and streets. They present European rich natural and cultural heritage and need to be cared now and preserved for future generations. With their aesthetic, environmental, and economic values, the tree-lined avenues form a living environment for the local communities, serve as an essential element of road infrastructure, and provide valuable ecosystem services.

Unique for Russia, in Kaliningrad region, the avenues are an important and recognizable feature of region’s landscape that belongs to history and nature of the area. They are an integral element of regional identity that connects past and present generations living on this land. Presently, Kaliningrad avenues have no legal protection and are exposed to destruction by regional authorities.

The project will study, adopt and implement skills and expertise of the Nordic countries, Baltic States, and Poland in the field of the avenues protection and regulation to help to develop a legal avenue protection base as well as give Kaliningrad activists necessary cross-border support and mobilize awareness rising cultural, social, and planting initiatives. The project will strengthen cultural landscape protection and build the capacity of NGOs in countries involved.

The project application will be submitted to the NGO Support Program of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2017. The program does not require co-financing by the project partners. Only nongovernmental organizations are eligible as project partners under the program.

More information about the project:

Partner search letter from Ecodefense

Project summary from Ecodefense

12 new projects selected in 3rd call of Interreg South Baltic

As the result of the 3rd call for proposals, 12 projects have been selected for funding by the Monitoring Committee (MC) of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020. On 16th and 17th May 2017 in the German sea resort of Binz, the delegates approved the following projects:

  1. ELMAR: Supporting South Baltic SMEs to enter the international supply chains & sales markets for boats & ships with electric propulsions
  2. InterMarE: Internationalization of South Baltic maritime economy
  3. CTCC: Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation
  4. SB Food Inno: Developing food innovation capacity in the South Baltic Region
  5. BioBIGG: Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth
  6. Baltic Heritage Routes: Development of Heritage Tourism Infrastructure in the South Baltic Area
  7. Baltic Stories: Professionalization of events for culturally embedded and sustainable tourism development of destinations in South Baltic region
  8. DUNC: Development of UNESCO Natural and Cultural assets
  9. LiveLagoons: The use of active barriers for the nutrient removal and local water quality improvement in Baltic lagoons
  10. RBR: Reviving Baltic Resilience
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  11. South Baltic Transport Loops

The resources from the European Regional Development Fund to be allocated to these projects amount to approximately 17,27 m EUR (22% of the Programme financial capacity). The projects approved cover the Programme priorities 1, 2 and 3. An official communication to the applicants will follow shortly.

The Monitoring Committee decided also to open the 4th call for proposals from 22 May until 30 June 2017 for all the Specific Objectives except of 1.1, 1.2 (due to no funding available) and 2.1. The Specific Objective 2.1 will be available in the 5th call, planned to be open from 13 November until 15 December 2017.

 

Source: https://southbaltic.eu/-/new-projects-approved

CaSYPoT project meeting in Elbląg

An important CaSYPoT partner meeting took place in Elbląg and Bartoszyce (Poland), on 21st -23rd March 2017. The event, organized by the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic, was devoted to project partners’ knowledge and experience exchange in working with youth. It followed the three previous project meetings in Emmaboda, Sopot and Kaliningrad. » Read more

24 projects submitted to South Baltic Programme in 3rd call

24 applications under the 3rd call were submitted by lead partners from all five Programme Member States within the 3rd call for proposals of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 which lasted between 2 November and 16 December 2016. The requested ERDF amounts to 32,1 mln EUR.

Following the assessment phase, the selection of the 3rd call projects by the Monitoring Committee is expected to be made on 16-17 May 2017. The decision of project’s selection will be communicated to the lead partners by 22 May 2017.

Specific Objective Number of project proposals submitted ERDF requested Available funds before the 3rd call
1.1 SME internationalisation 2 € 3 180 185,79 € 3 786 863,03
1.2 SME innovation capacity 5 € 6 972 730,02 € 2 432 262,7
2.1 Sustainable tourism 8 € 10 948 286,79 € 7 450 099,84
2.2 Green technologies 3 € 3 455 119,50 € 15 841 914,77
3.1 Sustainable transport 2 € 4 630 192,15 € 14 257 811,27
4.1 Skills development 1 € 1 135 667,36 € 5 826 300,00
5.1 Capacity building 3 € 1 784 145,83 € 2 717 773,99

 

Source: https://southbaltic.eu/-/te-3