On 7 November the European Commission awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1,000,000 to Paris (France). Tallinn (Estonia) was selected as a runner-up and was awarded with €100,000. Six out of ten finalists were Baltic Sea region cities.

Tallinn was awarded for its initiative to act as a testing ground for potential breakthrough technologies. The municipality fostered the use of self-driving cars, parcel delivery robots and ride-sharing. Tallinn has also implemented an innovative e-Residency system, which enables local citizens and businesses to work closely together with foreign entrepreneurs.

Innovation capital

The 2017 European Capital of Innovation award competition was launched in March 2017 for cities with over 100,000 inhabitants from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020. The winner and the two runners-up have been selected from ten finalists on the basis of new initiatives launched since 1 January 2016. The award criteria focused on cities that are willing to be test-beds for new citizens-driven initiatives to find solutions for their relevant societal challenges.

More information at the Commission's website.

 

 With reference to one of the EU high-level recommendations expressed on the future EU Research & Innovation Programmes, Baltic Science Network is delighted to offer an opportunity for all interested parties to follow the Tallinn seminar discussions online.

Read more: Baltic Science Network Makes Science and Citizens Talk

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call to foster Sustainable Blue Economy. The call with a total budget of €14.5 million focuses on four areas: Demonstration & market, fighting marine litter, blue networks and restoring ecosystems. The deadlines are between 8 and 28 February 2018 depending on the particular strand you apply for.

Read more: Call for funding: €14.5 million in Sustainable Blue Economy

 

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Join the seminar of "Let's communicate!" project to discuss business participation in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

"Let's communicate!" project together with EUSBSR Policy Areas Ship and Safe invite you to Gdańsk to learn more about potentials and benefits for maritime business partners to participate in EU-funded projects and regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.

You will meet other business stakeholders taking part in regional projects and learn more about various possibilities for EU co-financing in the Baltic Sea Region. 

Check the seminar programme below and register to the event here

The number of seats is limited!

The seminar is free of charge.

Contact: 
"Pomorskie in the EU" Association
Paulina Szmidka
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Join the seminar of "Let's communicate!" to learn about the potentials and benefits for maritime businesses in participating in transnational cooperation!

"Let's communicate!" project together with EUSBSR Policy Areas Ship and Safe invite you to Gdańsk to learn more about potentials and benefits for maritime business partners to participate in EU-funded projects and regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. You will meet other business stakeholders taking part in regional projects and learn more about various possibilities for EU co-financing in the Baltic Sea Region.

The agenda of the seminar includes, among others:

  • thematic panels with participation of business experts and beneficiaries of projects from the maritime sector;
  • individual talks of the participants with experts and a session facilitating meeting partners for potential project partnerships.

Detailed agenda of the event will be announced soon.

Registration to the event is already possible here.

More information on the event website.

 

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The National Coordinators (NC-group) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) met on 26 September at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia. This was the first NC-group meeting of the Estonian Chair, taking over the role from Sweden. 

Themes of the Estonian Chairmanship

In the meeting a report of the Chairmanship of Sweden (from mid-2016 to mid-2017) was discussed after which the focus was shifted to the Estonian Chairmanship: during the following year the future of the EUSBSR as part of larger EU policy developments will be of crucial importance and the key stakeholders of the EUSBSR should be involved in the debates concerning future Cohesion Policy Framework, for example.

Annual Forum 2018

Preparations of the Annual Forum in Tallinn on June 2018 were presented to other NCs by the Estonian Chair. The website of the Annual Forum is now open. Main topics of the Annual Forum 2018 are "the EUSBSR and Cohesion Policy after 2020", "the EUSBSR and the Digital World" as well as "the EUSBSR and Maritime Environment".

Open call for parallel seminar organiser will most probably open in early 2018 and the programme of the Forum should be published in April. Also registration to the Annual Forum will open around April.

Three new Flagships approved

The National Coordinators supported three new EUSBSR Flagships in their meeting. All three Flagships work under Policy Area Secure:

ECoHuCy – Enablement besides Constraints: Human Security and a Cyber Multi-Disciplinary Framework in the European High North
Balex Delta 2018
FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network

More information about the new Flagships will soon follow on the EUSBSR blog!

NC-group for more transparent communication

NC-group has decided in June 2017 to start publishing their meeting reports and other relevant document on the EUSBSR website to increase the transparency of the coordination of the EUSBSR. Also, a document establishing the Rules of Procedure has been adopted and it defines, among other things, the rotation of Chairmanship and the Annual Fora until 2025! 

See all the NC-group documents here.