The Baltic Institute of Finland was appointed as the new coordinator of the Policy Area Innovation in the EUSBSR National Coordinators' meeting in Copenhagen September 26 2018.

The EUSBSR Communication Point had a chance to interview the new PA Innovation Coordinator Esa Kokkonen about the appointment and future plans.

 

What does the appointment as EUSBSR PA Innovation Coordinator mean to you?

This is an important acknowledgement for Baltic Institute of Finland and for its long-time and active work for innovation cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. We feel privileged and grateful for this opportunity and important EUSBSR task, as we have actively contributed to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its flagship projects since the initiation of the strategy in the European Parliament in 2005.

 

What are your next steps from here as a new coordinator?

In 2018-2020, a special focus of PA INNO activities will be on regional innovation ecosystems and smart specialization, digitalization related research cooperation, kickstart activities e.g. on real-time economy concept and talent management, as well as on related capacity building. New areas and topics of innovation cooperation are identified and supported on a process basis. The activities are based on the PA INNO Strategy Guide 2016-2020. Cooperation with other Policy Areas will be also emphasized, as well as exchange with other EU macro-regional strategies. Various PA INNO events will be organized already in Autumn 2018, e.g. on capacity building and smart specialization.  

 

After this appointment, PA Innovation is now coordinated by Reet Reismaa (left), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia, Esa Kokkonen, The Baltic Institute of Finland and Tomasz Jalukowicz, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland.

 

Read also about the appointment on the Baltic Institute of Finland website.

 

 

 

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is created to strengthen cooperation between countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity – this is our common field of work.

By the #EUSBSRBetterTogether! campaign starting today and promoting this cooperation framework we want to highlight the importance of working together to ensure further growth in our region and face future challenges.

Stay tuned for the updates on EUSBSR Facebook page and Twitter account and follow the #EUSBSRBetterTogether!

 

 


The 10th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Gdańsk on 12-13th June 2019. The Forum will be hosted by the Pomorskie Region together with the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation in close cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and other partners.

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About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will come together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

Plase book the date in your calendar and visit Gdańsk – city of freedom and solidarity - in June 2019! More information will soon follow at the EUSBSR website.

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The Annual Forum is co-financed from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 programme.

 

As many as 31 new projects will receive funding within the framework of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. The Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region met in Tallinn on 19-20 September 2018 to select most promising transnational projects to further stimulate the development of the region in the fields of capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport.

Newly selected projects complement 74 ongoing projects from the first call and second call, and will actively contribute to making the Baltic Sea region more innovative, better accessible and sustainable.

More information here.

Is your organisation participating in an EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? Would you like to co-operate with countries outside the EU? If you are a Swedish organisation, you can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute to establish and develop networks in this area!

Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea Region offers Swedish actors the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from Russia or the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership in a current EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The projects applying for funding for Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea Region will contribute to economic, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea region and its immediate area. In the long term they will contribute to an increased integration in the region. The projects will work on a common challenge in the region and benefit all participating actors.

The projects should have a clear link to policies in the region: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and/or the EU Eastern Partnership.

More information here.

In early October 2018 Interreg Baltic Sea Region launches the second call of the funding instrument “Project platforms”. In a project platform, core partners of Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects can cooperate with partners from other EU funded programmes and coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.

To support the forming up of project platforms, a development seminar is organised in Berlin, Germany on 13 November 2018. It is addressed to project partners of Interreg Baltic Sea Region regular projects, coordinators of the EUSBSR and representatives from projects of other EU funding programmes that work on such topics as: 

Research and innovation infrastructures,

Smart specialisation approach and strategies,

Marine bottom litter management,

Management of marine space, and

Climate change adaptation and mitigation.

During the seminar the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) explains main features and requirements for project platforms. The second part of the event is devoted to pitching platform ideas and developing them further.  

At the end of the seminar, individual consultations with the MA/JS are possible upon prior request. 

Registration opens in the beginning of October.

More information here.