Final Umbrella 2.0 project management training for Baltic Sea Region beneficiaries

Our 4th and the last training on International Project Management will take place on 28th Jan 2022. 

In cooperation with our experts from the Swedish Peerstage company – Therese Mithander Udovcic and Daniel Sköld, we prepared a training session for everyone interested in starting new projects and forming new partnerships. This time we will introduce more closely topics like:

  • change management
  • work breakdown structure
  • budget incl. rules and regulations in EU-funded projects!

You can check the full agenda below:

Agenda 28 Jan 2022 – Umbrella 2.0_Peerstage Training advanced level

Sign up here https://bit.ly/3nBAAKC and join us at the ZOOM meeting, where you will get theory and practice using the MURAL board. This will also be a great chance for you to meet other international project experts from the BSR and discuss your possible joint cooperation ideas.

Below you can check how we worked in the previous meeting on the BASIC level.

NOTE: you can take part in the training on 28th Jan even if you did not join the 1st session. You can also download our Umbrella capacity building material developed during the 1st stage of the project supported by the Interreg South Baltic programme. Click here:

The launch of the “SI Baltic Sea Sessions – sharing results, shaping the region” on 8 November 2021 is approaching. Don’t forget to register before noon on 8 November.

The SI Baltic Sea Sessions is a new digital initiative in which we explore results and lessons learnt through projects and programmes funded by the Swedish Institute in the Baltic Sea region. We also explore how the collaborations can be expanded and used as a basis for further funding and ultimately future solutions in the region.

The Swedish Institute plans to arrange four sessions yearly on various topics linked to the development of the Baltic Sea region. Each session deals with a specific topic and showcases projects and initiatives that have contributed to the progress and sustainability of the region. Projects or activities that are presented can involve all SI’s 15 programme countries. 

At the launch on 8 November, we will present the initiative SI Baltic Sea Sessions and give a brief overview of the support provided by SI. We will also present examples of successful cooperation built on support from the Swedish Institute which resulted in further EU funding and long-term

In addition, you will get a sneak peek at our upcoming call of the funding scheme “Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region” which could be used to prepare new collaborations aimed at solving the challenges of the region.

When: 8 November 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 (CET)
Where: The session will be held on Zoom in English.
Registration: Register via this form no later than noon 8 November.
A Zoom link to the launch will be sent with your confirmed registration.

Please join in a couple of minutes ahead to be part of our pre-launch activities

Kurt Bratteby, Head of the department, Swedish Institute

Introducing the launch 
Therese Mithander Udovcic and Daniel Sköld, Peerstage (facilitators)

Levelling up: achieving impacts through collaboration 
Elina Sergejeva, International project coordinator, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Katarina Hansell, Cluster Manager, Netport Energy Cluster, Netport  Science Park

SI financial support: a stepping stone for further cooperation 
Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Head of the International Permanent Secretariat Euroregion Baltic 

Andriy Petrenko, Head of International Relations Office, National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine 

Mattias Andersson, Strategist, Department of Regional Growth, Region Blekinge

Heads up for future possibilities
New call for seed funding in the Baltic Sea region opens November 17 – take the opportunity to strengthen your partnership and get ready to take on EU funding

Closing of the launch 
Swedish Institute/Peerstage

Umbrella 2.0 organizes two webinars on project management. The material of the previous Umbrella project and the one used in these sessions is available for free in Moodle (register to Moodle platform here https://umbrellainterreg.moodle.school/login/index.php). 


22 nd October 9.00- 14.00 with a lunch break

Agenda UMBRELLA 2.0 project training. Agenda for Beginners

Is it the first time you approached project management, E.U. funded projects, or international cooperation? Learn with us!

Some of the things you will learn:

– Project Cycle Management

– analyzing a problem or needs

– stating objectives and impacts

– identifying partners and stakeholders


18th November 9.00-14.00 with a lunch break

Agenda: UMBRELLA 2.0 project training.Agenda for Advanced

Are you confident in project management? We have some tips for you.

Some of the things you will learn:

– Business Analysis Core Concepts Model

– How to plan a strategy

– Networking Diagrams


– Change Management ADKAR

Link to enrol in the courses: https://forms.gle/ozVb34WH8qd9yvS39

N.B. The webinars are for free. They will be held in Zoom Webinars and will be recorded. Some parts of the video lessons will be published in Moodle Platform

Max number of participants 20-25. First come, first served, but we need to confirm your participation up to 3 days after your registration to ensure we have equal geographical coverage within the Baltic Sea Region states, so don’t wait and sign up TODAY).

According to your needs, you can enrol in both the webinars, only in the basic or advanced only.

Are these dates not available for you?

Don’t worry, and the other two webinars will come in December and January.

We’ll keep you posted!

We invite you to join us on 15th June for another Umbrella 2.0 webinar – this time on EU Green Deal and its relation to the Baltic Sea Cooperation. If you represent small and local organisation from the baltic Sea Region this event is dedicated to you. We plan to bring closer the EU Agenda that is referring so much to sustainability, green planet goals and efficient use of resources.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CUHZ0W3CTJuDK_dIwqD9Zg

European Green Deal


Climate change and serious environmental degradation are a fact. They are severe threats to our planet and all the living creatures, including us –  humans. We have extensively used finite resources like water, gas, oil,  rare metals, etc. As the result of overconsumption and overproduction, we have been producing too much, often very harmful, waste which has ended in our oceans and landfills. And most of it does not degrade. The air in many parts of the earth is polluted and harmful to our health and wellbeing. We have been destroying nature and biodiversity by cutting trees, using farmland extensively, overregulating rivers and using too much concrete. As a result, we experience extreme weather phenomena such as torrential rains, floods, high temperatures, hurricanes or draughts, and we face severe water shortages. The modern production of food is also harmful to nature  – it produces too much CO2 and causes nitrate leakage, degrades vast areas of soil and results in excessive water and energy use. Specialists throughout the planet and people living close to nature have been warning us for quite some time but only now we have realised how bad the situation is and that immediate actions are needed throughout the Globe.

As a response to the situation, the European Union has decided to adopt a new growth strategy which guarantees that:

  • There are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050;
  • Economic growth and human wellbeing is not at the price of extensive resource use;
  • The planned transformation will bring positive changes to all the people and areas covered.

The new strategic document, adopted in December 2019, is called the European Green Deal. It is accompanied by an Action Plan which shows how to:

  • Boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy, and
  • Restore biodiversity and cut pollution.

The goals are very ambitious and require changes and transformations in all sectors and the involvement of all of us – from decision-makers through research, business and agriculture sectors to consumers. Therefore a set of strategic documents and regulations have been introduced, and new ones are planned. Some of the key ones have been:

  • European Green Deal Investment Plan – looking into the financial resources;
  • Just Transition Mechanism –  to provide support for the areas which will be most seriously affected to support the necessary economic and social transformation;
  • European Climate Law;
  • Circular Economy Action Plan – to encourage us to use resources more efficiently and responsibly;
  • Farm to fork strategy – to make food production and consumption more healthy to us and the planet;
  • EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 – to protect our planet natural resources;
  •  New European Bauhaus – an environmental, economic and cultural project to make our living areas environment–friendly, aesthetic and inclusive for all.

All those policies and plans introduced at the EU level are in an obvious way necessary for the Baltic Sea Region. Current EUSBSR AP, with the support of EU and other available funds, takes them into account and responds to them. All the individual, national and international activities – no matter how small – need to add to the shared success. So it is time for all self-governments, business of all kind, educational and cultural institutions, and civil society to join forces across borders to stop the damage and reverse the negative changes. Being involved in international projects helps us understand the processes, learn from experience and change the world around us for the better.

Over 125 participants joined us on Tuesday, 27th April to learn more about the cooperation possibilities in the Baltic Sea Region! More than 90 participants stayed also for the thematic workshops part and enjoyed the discussion with the experts from all BSR countries. On behalf of Umbrella 2.0 Partnership: Euroregion Baltic, Union of the Baltic Cities and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation, together with Swedish Institute, which is funding our initiative, we would like to thank everyone for your presence, comments and great inputs!

Our event started with a presentation on the Umbrella 2.0 project given by Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło – Project Coordinator and Head of the International Permanent Secretariat at Euroregion Baltic, which you can also see here:


This part was followed by the presentation of 3 project partners, their organisations and the possibilities they offer to the Baltic Sea region smaller actors and institutions eager to start transnational cooperation.

Euroregion Baltic was presented by Johanna Rönn from Blekinge Region, Sweden, currently holding the Presidency at Euroregion Baltic. You can view it here: https://www.canva.com/design/DAEctCGgkm0/J_60g-kRYne_5xnvBW18Iw/view?utm_content=DAEctCGgkm0&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton 

Union of the Baltic Cities was presented by Marko Paunovic, Brussels Antenna of UBC

and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation was presented by Marta Czarnecka Gallas, BSSSC Secretary-General

_BSSSC – Who we are, what we do_ 2021_04

Finally, Gabor Schneider presented the Swedish Institute offers for the Baltic Sea Region actors, coming from all over the Baltic Sea, but also available to participants from Russia and Ukraine.

The second hour of the webinar part was dedicated to knowledge sharing – Olga Zuin, Programme Coordinator of the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit presented her great input on Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation measures in the Baltic Sea Region. She mentioned two important reports prepared by the CBSS:

  1. Baltic 2030 Bumps on the Road- How the Baltic Sea States are performing on the SDG’s https://cbss.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Baltic-2030_Bumps-on-the-Road_FINAL.pdf
  2. A handbook Localising sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Baltic Sea Region, based on the outcomes of the Baltic 2030 Capacity building programme – Localising SDGs 2020 https://cbss.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/CBSS_SDGs_ENG_4ONLINE.pdf 

Please find Olga’s presentation here: Zuin_CBSS_270421

Finally, Sebastian Magier from Vestanda AB, Umbrella 2.0 Expert presented the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region “entry points’ for small and local actors based on 14 interviews with EUSBSR Policy Area Coordinators. The full report will be provided in May and available to all Baltic Sea actors.

Read the full presentation here: Umbrella 2.0_EUSBSR PAC Interviews Presentation

The whole webinar part of the Umbrella 2.0 Awareness Raising Event was recorded and is available online here:

After the break, the event continued with the Q&A Session, where experts related to BSR cooperation answered the questions we’ve received from our participant before the event. Q&A session was related to the Baltic Sea Cooperation related to EUSBSR, SDGs and EU Green Deal.

Questions that were taken live: COMING SOON!

  1. Is the EUSBSR action plan updated from time to time? How often? And how does the negotiation work? Can local actors contribute to it? How?

Our expert: Anders Bergström, EUSBSR Policy Area Education Coordinator

2. Who’s in charge of monitoring the SDGs achievements in each country of the Baltic Sea States?

Our expert: Olga Zuin, Programme Coordinator of the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit

3. How do you think the situation in the tourism sector will change after Covid in the Baltic Sea Region, e.g. how the pandemic affected the way of travelling? Will there be any incentives to prefer “green transports?

Our expert: Andrea Krabbe, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism Coordinator

4. How to find partners for cooperation activities/ international projects?

Our expert: Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Umbrella 2.0 Project Leader, Euroregion Baltic

5. How the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region relates to the EU Green Deal?

Our expert: Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, Umbrella 2.0 Project Partner, BSSSC

6. What are the funding possibilities available at the moment for the Baltic Sea stakeholders when starting international cooperation?

Our expert: Marko Paunovic, Umbrella 2.0 Project Partner, UBC

Video from this session is available here:


Finally, we have 4 thematic workshops with great presentations by experts on:

The main aim of the UMBRELLA 2.0 event on 27.04 is to inspire and raise awareness on the importance of cross-border and transnational cooperation for all local actors – including the smaller ones and those who never took part in any international collaboration before.

We have invited experts coming from: Council of the Baltic Sea States, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Euroregion Baltic, Union of the Baltic Cities, Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation, local NGOs and municipalities from different Baltic Sea countries to ask them for their best practices, advice and inspiration.

We will have experts answering your questions LIVE during the event.

Send your questions to us now, and we will ask the most suitable expert to answer them.

Type your question here: https://forms.gle/WukYrjhBUWevmNUVA

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The project UMBRELLA is partly financed from the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.