The National Coordinators (NC-group) met on 6 February at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia. This was the third NC-group meeting under the Estonian Chair. The NC-group welcomed the new Danish National Coordinator, Mr Morten Skovgaard Hansen.

Future of EUSBSR Communication Strategy

At last meeting, the NC-group suggested that the "Let´s Communicate!" project will lead the process of renewing the EUSBSR Communication Strategy. The NC-group considered that the document should be of more strategic and permanent nature. The “Let’s communicate!” project consortium is willing to function as the core “task force” responsible for the planning and for writing the Communication Strategy.

Preparations for EUSBSR 2018 & 2019 Annual Fora

The Estonian hosts briefed the NC-group about the state-of-play of the preparations for the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2018. The call for seminars had raised high interest with more than 50 received proposals. As this exceeds the capacity, organisers will select 21 seminar proposals. The registration for participants will start in mid-April. 

In the meeting, the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2019 was also discussed. It is planned on 12-13 June and will be organised by the Pomorskie region in Gdánsk, Poland. The envisaged main theme of the Annual Forum 2019 is  "Circular and sharing economy – answer to demographic challenges for the Baltic Sea Region".

Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) ceasing the role of PA Innovation coordinator

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) Secretariat informed in the beginning of February that it will not continue as the the coordinator for Policy Area Innovation after July 2018. The NCM has also taken a decision not to continue as manager of the flagship BSR Stars beyond the 31 July 2018. The changing situation and its impacts were discussed and the NC Chair will continue to inform and consult the NC-group about new developments.

New Flagship Approved

A new EUSBSR Flagship Project under the Horizontal Action Climate was approved: “Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth" (BioBIGG). Lead partner is Roskilde University in Denmark. The project is financed by Interreg South Baltic programme and it lasts until 2020.

 

Next NC-group meeting will be taking place during the second half of April. The last meeting during Estonian Chairmanship is planned for 6 June 2018 in Tallinn after the Annual Forum.

 

Read the whole NC-group meeting report here.

 

As regional identity is one of the priorities of CBSS, it is now calling for projects that focus either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth. Call is open from 15 February – 31 March 2018.

 

Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The focus is to improve and strengthen the particpation and influence of children and young people and strenghten their regional identity.

Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences are welcome.

To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

More information on the CBSS website.

 

The Bloomberg Innovation Index for 2018 has been released and four Baltic Sea region countries can be found among the 10 most innovative economies in the world.

 

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Sweden is ranked second followed by Germany at the fourth place. Finland and Denmark are found on the seventh and eighth place of the Index.

The rest of the Baltic Sea region countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland as well as Russia and Norway) can all be found among the 50 most innovative countries.

 

The index scores countries using seven criteria, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies.

Source: Silicon Republic & Bloomberg

 

Within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Innovation  aims at promoting global competitiveness and growth of the Baltic Sea region through support for entrepreneurship, business development, science and increased innovation capacity.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

A seminar focused on the clean and safe shipping in the Baltic Sea Region will be organised on 6 February 2018 in Oslo. The aim is to engage more Norwegian actors in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR.

 

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In the seminar the work within the EUSBSR in the field of clean and safe shipping is presented and the ways for Norwegian actors to get involved with the Strategy are outlined. Good examples and future opportunities of Norwegian actors in concrete projects are also presented.

The seminar is organised in English.

The programme and registration link are available at the event website.

 

The seminar is organised in the framework of the "Let's communicate!" project. One of the tasks of the project is to promote the EUSBSR in Norway. 

 

The organisers of the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region to be held in Tallinn on 4–5 June 2018 invite all strategic stakeholders to participate and propose seminars for the event.

Seminars are an essential part of the Annual Forums of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). They serve to exchange views on themes pertinent for the EUSBSR as well as to develop and disseminate new ideas and initiatives.

Seminars should provide a clear link to the Strategy and to the general subject of the 9th Annual Forum: “After 2020”. We expect the seminars to relate to at least one of the three main themes of the Annual Forum: “EU Cohesion Policy and the EUSBSR After 2020”, “EUSBSR and the Digital World” and “EUSBSR and the Marine Environment”. Ideas about seminars that enhance the EUSBSR main objectives – “Save the Sea”, “Connect the Region” and “Increase Prosperity” – are also welcome. 

  • The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in Denmark and other partners and is organized in close cooperation with the European Commission. The Annual Forum is co-financed from the programme of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

The 9th Annual Forum will have 21 slots for 90-minute seminars. The call for seminars will be open until 31 January 2018. Please find additional information and a form for your proposal here

 

Would your organisation like to start or expand a joint collaboration that contributes to sustainable economic, environmental or social development in the Baltic Sea Region? The Swedish Institute provides seed funding for joint projects in which Swedish organisations meet transnational challenges in cooperation with organisations from the Baltic Sea Region countries and the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries.

The project activities that the Swedish Institute supports via ‘seed funding’ must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The projects should help to create conditions for long-term, sustainable relations in the region.

Basic facts about seed funding from the Swedish Institute:

  • Seed funding projects can include the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine
  • The main applicant has to be a Swedish actor who wants to cooperate with organisations from at least two other countries. See the Swedish Institute website for more detailed conditions for the participation of specific countries and partnership composition.
  • The following types of Swedish organisations from the public, private and non-profit sectors may apply for funding: NGOs, municipalities, regions, regional councils, county councils, higher education institutions, research institutes, intergovernmental organisations, businesses, trade organisations and government agencies.
  • A project can apply for a maximum of SEK 500,000 and may run for no longer than 18 months.

The call will be open until 13 February 2018.

More detailed information and application documents can be found on the website of the Swedish Institute.