The BONUS BaltCoast project published the first out of three special issues of the Coastal & Marine Magazine.
“Recalling ICZM – Insights from the Baltic” gives an introduction to the BONUS BaltCoast project, as well as to a Systems Approach Framework for the sustainable management of the Baltic Sea, which is implemented by the project. The issue sets a special focus on the re-analysis of ICZM case studies in the Baltic Sea Region. The PDF is available under: http://www.baltcoast.net/dissemination/publications-via-coastal-marine-magazine.html
BSR Policy Briefing: The EU-Russia relations and their reflections in the Baltic Sea region - Some recommendations for policy-makers
By Stanislav L. Tkachenko
Since the early spring 2014 the European Union-Russia relations are in a deep crisis. Re-evaluation of principles and aims of the EU relations with Russia has been done at the level of communitarian structures in Brussels as well as by all EU member states. Multiple Russia’s attempts to destroy unity of the EU countries regarding rejection to recognize integration of Crimea into Russian Federation have failed. EU member states and the Union’s structures see Russia as fighting actor in the bloody conflict in Eastern Ukraine, but Russia ignores these claims. Current stalemate situation requires innovative steps for restoration of dialogue between the two entities. First of all, it is crucially important for the Baltic Sea Region as the only area where the EU and Russia have common land border. Future dialogue should be grounded at principles of mutual rejection of economic and visa sanctions, as well as on confidence-building measures, especially in hard-security issues. New Foreign Policy Concept of Russian Federation, which was adopted on November 30 2016, provides solid political and legal ground for these initiatives.
Read more on the Centrum Balticum's website.
From 2013 onwards Centrum Balticum has published BSR Policy Briefing series. Articles of Baltic Sea Region experts dealing with topical and significant issues of the region are published in the series.
Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue
Is this you?
- Studying to be a teacher.
- Between 20-30 years old.
- Interested in history and regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea.
- Ready to learn, discuss topics linked to the history & current affairs in the Baltic Sea Region
- and meet new people with similar interests.
- Come from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway,Poland, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Belarus, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.
- Fluent in English.
A gathering for future teachers interested in Baltic Sea Region history and cooperation.
- Are you studying to be a teacher?
- Are you looking to expand your network and meet inspiring people from the region?
The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue invites you to increase your knowledge and get inspiration for your future work as a teacher!
Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017
Baltic Sea regional cooperation is vital for tackling the challenges of today and finding solutions for tomorrow. Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 aims to bring regional cooperation into perspective engaging future generations.
Therefore, we offer a week-long session of seminars and workshops to students from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 will take place in Helsinki (4 days) and St. Petersburg (3 days) and focus on history, culture, politics and the need for cross-border cooperation.
Apply at bit.ly/BSYD17by 22 October 2017.
We will contact the selected participants shortly after.
Accommodation, catering, transfer from Helsinki to St. Petersburg will be provided by the organisers and the reimbursement of travel expenses is guaranteed up to 200 EUR for each participant.
A detailed programme for the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2017 will be available shortly.
We also invite you take a look at the previous editions of the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue at
Call for projects that put culture at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation and empower the future-builders of the region: Call open from 15 February – 31 March 2018
Regional Identity is a long-term priority of CBSS aiming to develop and foster the concept of a belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, networks and multilevel governance. We would like to see projects that focus on either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth.
Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The projects shall aim to strengthen children and young people’s influence and participation in organisational, cultural, and educational settings (international labor and student mobility, improved common education and labor market) and to strengthen a sense of “we-feeling” in the Baltic Sea Region.
Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and we welcome 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. The declaration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 offers a fantastic opportunity to focus on Baltic Sea Region cultural heritage. Looking at our common history fosters mutual understanding and is an important prerequisite for jointly tackling the challenges the Baltic Sea Region faces today.
What are the platforms for cooperation on education in the Baltic Sea Region in the future? CBSS has for years devoted attention to higher education, with projects within this field still remaining of high interests. We also welcome projects in other fields within education and projects that address the need for a strategic approach toward education in the region.
To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Projects supported should provide space for both professionals as well as ordinary citizens to get involved and make their voices heard. Respect for the inviolability of human dignity – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability is implicit and every project should take gender mainstreaming into consideration.
Project Support Facility (PSF) in brief:
- The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome.
- The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 65 000 euros.
- The project proposals may be initiated by individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies in the CBSS Member states, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.
- The granted projects should have the potential to become a basis for a network, partnership or cooperation model that would become viable beyond the duration of the project life itself.
Apply by 31 March 2018
Read more at: www.cbss.org
The new deadline for the CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) applications submission is 8 May 2016.
The main purpose of the CBSS Project Support Facility is to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea macro-regional cooperation projects, which would bring added value for the Baltic Sea region, show impact in regional cooperation and foster long-term partnerships.
The project themes should follow the three CBSS long-term priorities: Regional Identity, Sustainable and Prosperous Region, Safe & Secure Region.
For more information and application, please visit: http://www.cbss.org/project-support-facility/
On 5 July, 2016, Poland handed over the CBSS Presidency to Iceland during the Almedalen Political Week in Visby (Sweden). The event was hosted by the Governor of Gotland, Ms Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.
Participants of the ceremony expressed their appreciation to Poland for its visionary approach and enormous commitment to the Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The role of the line ministers meetings, organised by Poland, including culture (September 2015), science (June 2016) and deputy foreign ministers’ (June 2016) sessions, was emphasised. The upcoming Icelandic Presidency priorities were also introduced, with both Ambassador Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson & Ambassador Estrid Brekkan emphasising the Icelandic commitment to the Baltic Sea Region and continued collaboration on all levels.
Read more here.
Consultation days take place in September - October in several locations and the call will open on January 2nd, 2017. Read more on Central Baltic Programme website.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing loans for the total amount of €21 million to rehabilitate water supply and wastewater infrastructure in three Belarusian towns with a total population of over 400.000 people.
The loans are extended under the €40 million Belarus Water Sector Framework, which will also be expanded to other municipalities across the country. It will help modernise water and wastewater treatment facilities, rehabilitate corresponding networks, modernise pumping stations and finance the purchase of maintenance equipment in the towns of Lida, Polotsk and Orsha.
Subprojects of €6 million in Lida (western Belarus) and of €9 million in Polotsk (northern Belarus) will help local utilities comply with EU standards for wastewater treatment and will follow recommendations by the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission to bring significant environmental benefits to the local population and reduce the pollution of the Baltic Sea basin. The Polotsk subproject also envisages the construction of a brand new wastewater treatment facility.
The subprojects will be co-financed by investment grants of €3 million and €4.21 million, respectively, provided by the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership. Pre-investment feasibility studies for both Lida and Polotsk were implemented with the help of technical cooperation funds provided by the government of Sweden.
Read more on the EBRD website.
The NDPHS Secretariat is pleased to announce a report ”Economic Dimensions of Health and Social Care,” which Dr. Björn Ekman has recently written for the NDPHS.
This report reviews the evidence for the efficiency of investments to improve health and prevent disease in the Baltic Sea Region. Based on the existing evidence it also assesses the returns to such investments, both in the short- and long-term. Finally, it discusses policy options for best-practices for health promotion and disease prevention.
The report can be downloaded from the NDPHS Database here.
Reaching a healthy Baltic Sea ecosystem by 2021, promoting innovation for a sustainable Blue Economy and tackling the challenge of regional governance are the main priorities for the European Union now chairing HELCOM until 30 June 2018. The Chairmanship of the Helsinki Commission rotates between all the Contracting Parties every two years according to their alphabetical order in English.
Please read more about the EU Priorities and new chair from HELCOM website.