Norway & the EU – EUSBSR Action Plan enabling neighbourhood cooperation

Webinar on 25 February 2021 at 13:30 – 15:00 CET

The new Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) focuses on mainstreaming cooperation with neighbouring non-EU members into all policy areas. Norway is closely connected to EU via the EEA-agreement and an active member of several organisations and networks in the Baltic Sea Region. Norway is also a full member of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme, and part of several cross-border programmes in the region.

The webinar will focus on the value-added of cooperation and engagement of partners from Norway in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The value of cooperation will be presented through practice examples. The event will encourage exchange of new ideas for future cooperation.


Would you like to deepen your cooperation in the Baltic Sea region or find new possibilities to influence the development of the region? We invite all those interested in being more involved in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) to join the webinar. With a focus on neighbouring countries, the aim is to provide input and tools to work together more intensely within the Policy Areas to reach the main goals of the strategy. We are looking forward to seeing you in the webinar!

Ann Irene Saeternes and Juhani Ailio who work in the Let's Communicate! project with mainstreaming of neighbourhood cooperation. 


REGISTER HERE (The registration deadline  is February 22)


- Opening by the Norwegian Mission to EU, Per Sjaastad, Ambassador/Deputy Head of
- Added value of involving Non-EU neighbours into the European Macroregional Cooperation by Johan Magnusson, Team Leader, EU Commission DG Regio
- Mainstreaming cooperation with Non-EU neighbours in the EUSBSR by Simon Stermann, Chair of the National Coordinators' Group, Desk Officer, German Federal Foreign Office
- Norway’s cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region and the EUSBSR by Olav Berstad, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Why cooperate and what is in it for us: Concrete examples from Norwegian participation in Flagship projects within the EUSBSR
  • STM Balt SAFE by project partner Jon Leon Ervik, Head of department, Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) (PA Ship/PA Safe)
  • EFFECT4buildings by project partner Liv Randi Lindseth, Expert contracted by Innlandet County Council (PA Energy)
- Cooperation with Norway from a point of view of a Policy Area Coordinator Esa Kokkonen, Director, Baltic Institute of Finland (PA Innovation)
- What now – how to proceed? Let’s Communicate project and new Interreg BSR programme period, Ann Irene Saeternes, Head of European Affairs, Eastern Norway County Network
- Wrap-up/end of seminar
Moderator: Baipa Liepa, Project Manager, Interact


The webinar is arranged within the framework of the Let’s Communicate project together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mission to EU and Eastern Norway County Network – and as a part of the EU Macro Regional Strategies Week 2021.