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:


Welcome to the training session about the EUSBSR on 9th November 2021 at 9.30-15.15 CET, Online. The event will be organised by the Umbrella 2.0 partner – Union of the Baltic Cities. 

The overall aim is to shift the paradigm from taking part in international projects to becoming an active player in the EUSBSR process. The goal is to share the knowledge on how to build a process for the implementation of EUSBSR at the local level by local authorities and civil society organisations.

Please see the draft programme in the attachment here:

Please fill the application form here:


What is Umbrella 2.0?

”UMBRELLA 2.0-Boosting transnational cooperation capacities for multilevel actors in the Baltic Sea Region” goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. More specifically, the project aims at initiating a process for the development of strong multi-actor and multilevel governance partnerships that can undertake cross-sectoral sustainable solutions while following the principles and objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EU Green Deal and UN SDG.

Project partners:

  • Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic (ERB) – the applicant
  • Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC);
  • Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) – Associated partner

For any additional questions, please contact UBC Secretariat: info@ubc.net

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 June 15th for an Umbrella 2.0 webinar on the EU Green Deal in relation to the Baltic Sea Cooperation.

It is dedicated to the so-called ‘newcomers’ –> small and local organisations willing to engage and increase knowledge on

  • ​EU Agenda,
  • Organisations active in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Projects and their impact in ‘greening’ the BSR
  • And much more!

REGISTER & take part in this webinar. Be active in discussions with experts and Q&A session!

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


10.00: Intro & Welcome 10.05 – 10.20: Setting the scene

• Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation (BSSSC) by Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, BSSSC Secretary-General
• Umbrella 2.0 by Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, Project Coordinator, Umbrella 2.0

10.20 – 11.45: Green Deal- the Strategy that is changing the European Union
Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska, EU Commission
Valdur Lahtvee, Council of Baltic Sea States
• Discussion with experts and Q&A session

11.45- 12.00: Coffe break

12.00 – 13.20: Active for Green Baltic Sea Region
Miikka Toivonen, CASCADE, Southwest Finland Emergency Services
Nico Stelljes, INNOVA, Ecologic, Germany
Maria Micha, Diet for Green Planet, Sweden
• Discussion with experts and Q&A session 13.20 – 13.30: Round-up and Conclusions by Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, BSSSC Secretary-General

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.

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

Umbrella 2.0 launches its first event to raise awareness on the current “hot topics in the Baltic Sea Region”. Today we hear a lot about sustainability and it may seem a difficult topic, getting lost in EU policies and strategies, or seen as something the “big” are responsible for, like the United Nations and their Sustainable Development Goals. However, every day, many small actors from civil society perform activities that contribute to the achievement of overarching goals. It may seem not relevant, but even the ocean is made by drops. 

Umbrella 2.0 would like to invite and inspire local actors from civil society and the public sphere to undertake actions that can contribute to important sustainable goals. We need to go all in the same direction, together. Therefore, we have invited representatives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, besides NGOs, to get to know each other and discuss together. 

Are you curious? Would you like to know how to get engaged and/ or to start a learning process, involving your staff?  

Take part in our online event, get inspired by other organizations like yours and let us guide you! 

Register here: http://bit.ly/Umbrella2Event

Thanks to the support of the Swedish Institute, Umbrella 2.0 project partners – Euroregion Baltic, Union of the Baltic Cities and BSSSC are planning to organise in 2021 a couple of events targeting the “newcomers” and bottom-up actors in the Baltic Sea Region. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we cannot offer any physical networking meeting (yet!), but we plan to organise a full-day digital event – Awareness Raising Event on 27 April 2021!

Mark the date in your calendar and if you would like to receive further information, including the link to the registration form (once we start collecting it), just sign up here – http://bit.ly/UmbrellaBSR by sending us your info we will keep you in the loop and informed about all important activities within the project.

Our goal is to increase the knowledge on BSR cooperation of small and local actors and to make sure that they see the benefits of international cooperation within the EUSBSR, but also in the frameworks of UN SDGs and EU Green Deal.

Dear Umbrella Partners and Beneficiaries,

We are more than happy to say, that our UMBRELLA Interreg South Baltic Programme project final conference was a great success. Over 100 people joined us online via ZOOM webinar to hear about our project results, to learn about the EUSBSR, SDGs and EU Green Deal, but also to discuss the future cooperation possibilities in the MFF 2021-2027.

You can find below all the presentations given by our fantastic speakers.

And here’s a visual summary of the event:

We also hope you enjoyed the 4 video clips summarising our project! You can check them again here:

Finally, if you missed any part of the event or would like to watch it once more you have the opportunity to see all 3 sessions here:

Some screenshots from our meeting:

Dear UMBRELLA project beneficiaries,

On behalf of the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic as Lead Partner of Umbrella Project and on behalf of the whole project partnership,

We’d like to invite you to take part in a focus group discussion, a ‘group interview’ whose scope would be to consult relevant stakeholders who could valuably contribute in the consultation to build up the priorities of the new INTERREG South Baltic programming period 2021-2027.

The discussions will be conducted online- in groups of maximum 15 people- in a friendly and informal environment with the aim to collect honest opinions, new ideas, needs from the stakeholders on the topics below.

Platform: ZOOM. A link for the participation will be sent to you in advance


TITLE: Building civil & inclusive society

Umbrella partner responsible: Pomorskie in the EU Association (PL)

Moderator: Jens Masuch

DATE: 19th Nov 2020 13.00-15.00 CET

Main areas to investigate:

  1. Citizen engagement
  2. More inclusive Interreg projects
  3. Civil education
  4. New and upgraded tools for citizen engagement


Title: Blue and green growth

Umbrella partner responsible: Kalmar Region (SE)

Moderator: Jens Masuch

DATE: 5th November 2020 10.00-12.00 CET

Main objectives to investigate:

  1. Promoting sustainable water management
  2. New and upgrades capacity for waste water
  3. Biodiversity
  4. Circular economy


Title: Energy transition/Connectivity

Partner responsible: Klaipeda University

Moderator: Kristina Koebe

DATE: 9th November 2020 15.00 – 17.00 CET

Main areas to investigate:

  1. Fossil fuel-free transport sector – the need for energy storage possibilities.
  2. Production of renewable energy and solutions
  3. Improved structures for varied and broadened access to renewable energy
  4. Need to strengthen power grids for smart energy usage due to electrification of vehicles
  5. Combat and mitigate climate changes


Title: Sustainable & innovative tourism

Partner responsible: Guldborgsund Municipality (DK)

Moderator: Jens Masuch

DATE: 10th Nov 2020 TBC 10.00-13.00 CET

Main areas to investigate

  1.     Sustainable tourism
  2.     Digitalisation in tourism
  3.     Competence development in tourism


  • Questions and/or other material will be sent in advance to the participants in advance to the participants
  • Remember that “Everyone’s contribution is important”. So, get involved!
  • The moderator will write a report of the main findings that will be shared with the Interreg South Baltic Programme Joint Secretariat and Joint Programming Committee members working on the new Interreg South Baltic Programme for 2021-2027
  • Publication: the report and a recording of the webinar will be made available on Moodle platform- on enrolment in the section dedicated.

Hope that this initiative is of interest to you, we hope to see you soon online and we thank you in advance for your kind contribution.

Kind regards,

Euroregion Baltic and Umbrella team

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.