Application open for Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth & Bioeconomy

Are you interested in renewing and innovating the field of Bioeconomy and taking part in an intergenerational dialogue?

An entirely unique leadership training programme to tackle the challenges of youth participation in the Bioeconomy sector, for participants from the Baltic Sea Region.

BLP Youth addresses the need to better integrate younger generations into the field of Bioeconomy. Youth (up to 30 years of age) are vital for renewing and innovating the sector, which is necessary in the transition from a fossil based to a bio based society/economy, but today necessary links and methods for attracting and involving youth are lacking.

The programme is targeting representatives from youth organisations as well as representatives from organisations working with Bioeconomy. We are looking forward to receiving applications from Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Iceland, as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

The application period is open until  22nd August. For detailed information check the website of the Swedish Institute or follow the link to submit your application. In case of questions, please contact Gabor Schneider at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +46-8-453 78 59, Mobile: +46-732-318521.

Communication is cited as one of the most important success factors or one of the crucial failure reason of any undertaking. Effective communication is targeted and simple. But how to incorporate a simple communication to a complex problem with multi-level actors involved? This is one of the greatest challenges for the European Union Strategy for Baltic Sea Region.

Let’s Communicate! project goes on contributing to further development of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) communication strategy and increasing involvement of various actors in the Region.

Within the Baltic Sea Subregional States Cooperation (BSSSC) Annual Conference Solidarity, participation and smart action for a better future” , Let’s Communicate! will host an inspiring workshop “Communicating Baltic Sea region cooperation as simple as possible – but not simpler. The contribution from the regions”, which will take place on the second day of the Conference.

In the workshop the focus will be given to the importance of regional and local actors in communicating Baltic Sea region cooperation and to the benefits it brings about to the civil society.

“We have gathered excellent and diversified panellists to discuss the burning issues of EUSBSR communication strategy, says Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, Let’s Communicate coordinator within Pomorskie in the EU Association. “We do acknowledge the role of the regional and local actors in communicating the EUSBSR and we aim to involve them in the process of communicating the EUSBSR in a more effective way”, she continues and adds that the anticipated outcome of the workshop will be a valuable output to the upcoming revision of the EUSBSR communication strategy.

The registration to the Conference and the full Programme can be found here. Registration is open until the 24th of August!

 

Following the example of the EUSBSR, three other macro-regional strategies have been adopted so far: The EU Strategies for the Danube Region, for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, and for the Alpine Region. It is the role of the Interact Office Turku to enhance the exchange across these strategies. This exchange follows either concrete topics such as e.g. water quality or transport, or it addresses specific managerial questions to improve the strategies’ implementation.

In this context, in September 2018, the Interact organizes two seminars:

Should you be interested in participating, please do not forget to register!

 

 

The first Routes4U meeting for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) will take place on 6 and 7 September 2018 in Oslo, Norway. The meeting will contribute to identify the regional needs of the Baltic Sea Region with regard to the Cultural Routes Programme in the framework of the Routes4U Project.

It will determine areas of cooperation and recommendations on regional development, social participation and cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. One dedicated session will focus on strengthening the existing Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and developing new ones.

Participants to the meeting include representatives from European Institutions, Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks and stakeholders from the cultural and tourism field at national and macro-regional level in the Baltic Sea Region.

The event is hosted by the Arts Council Norway.

Find registration and the programme of the meeting here.

 

Since 2016 EuroAccess has been a central online information point on EU funding opportunities in the Danube region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, a decision to extent the website to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region – has been taken. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018.

EuroAccess, acting as a gateway to EU funding, provides the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others.

More information is available on www.euro-access.eu.

 

At the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum, Interreg Baltic Sea Region invited participants of the Forum to join a seminar to discuss the future of Interreg funding and how to distribute the funds for 2021-2027 for the benefit of the EUSBSR.

For the past years, Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme has been the main financial source to implement activities of the EUSBSR, and it has both financed project and supported the governance structure of the Strategy. In the seminar, panellists agreed that the financial support for the governance and for the work of the PACs/HACs is needed also in the future.

During the discussion about the funding for projects and their future, the need for more flexibility in terms of time and size of projects was pointed out. All panellists agreed that maritime cross-border cooperation should continue.

The discussions about the future of the Interreg and EUSBSR will continue, as there is a strong will to develop the Strategy for the benefit of the Baltic Sea Region and its habitants.