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BALSAM Project Final Report

Baltic Sea Pilot Project: Testing new concepts for integrated environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea (BALSAM) was a project to enhance the capacity of the Baltic Sea member states to develop their marine environmental monitoring programmes.

Focusing on gaps identified in HELCOM, BALSAM provided recommendations for marine monitoring in the Baltic, especially for seals and seabirds, non-indigenous species and benthic habitats. The project also provided recommendations for further coordinated use of research vessels as well as improved data management and infrastructure in the Baltic.

Read the full version of the final report: improving the Coordination in the Monitoring of the Baltic Marine Environment. Action area: Species and habitats; Monitoring and assessment here.

Baltic Sea Campus on eHealth ready for take-off

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) can safely be called a pioneer in the field of eHealth. Numerous study trips to the Scandinavian countries as well as to Estonia are proof for the importance of the region in the field.

At Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) we have seen our role as that of an “eHealth bridge” in the BSR in the past and continue to do so. We were the first in Germany to offer a master’s degree programme “eHealth” back in 2007 and we are home to the Management Secretariat of eHealth for Regions, the leading network on the topic. FUAS was the lead partner and thus mainly in charge for several projects within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). November 2013 saw both the foundation of the Institute for eHealth and Management in Healthcare and its re-location to new facilities FUAS has further increased its efforts and involvement in the BSR ever since.

Business Support for creative start-ups

Tallinn Business Incubators (TBI) has been providing business support in Tallinn, Estonia since 2006. Over the years, it has helped around 170 companies to enter the market and grow their business. However not everyone makes the cut – more than 400 have applied – as TBI needs to be sure that there is return on every invested euro, either via new jobs that have been created or increased export numbers.

TBI offers real support through business support and advice given by our team and wide network of business mentors, including exporters, experienced fashion industry professionals, marketing experts and law specialists. Each incubee has their own consultant who makes sure that the companies receive tailor-made advice. Strategies and plans are always discussed together.

Call for projects that put culture at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation and empower the future-builders of the region

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

Cooperation in the Area of Climate Change Mitigation in the Barents Region continues


In May 2016, NordRegio approved funding of the project on Climate Change Mitigation in the Barents region from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Programme. The project follows the Climate Change Action Plan for the Barents cooperation, which was adopted at the Meeting of the Environment Ministers of the BEAC, held in Inari in December 2013. The application was prepared in cooperation with the BEAC Working Group on Environment.

Norrbotten County Administration (Sweden) is the lead partner of the project. The network includes Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Finnish Ministry of Environment, Arctic Center in Rovaniemi and Ministry of Natural Resources of Arkhangelsk region. International Barents Secretariat is going to follow the project’s implementation, assist in coordination between Nordic and Russian partners and contribute to information dissemination.

The project has been granted 300.000 DKK. Co-financing from both Nordic and Russian partners is awaited. The funding will be allocated for networking activities, such as seminars, workshops and a study visit to Sweden, as well as mapping of sources of greenhouse gas emissions in a pilot settlement of Arkhangelsk region.

Cooperation on the Climate Change issues is aimed at development of regional climate strategies for the Russian part of the Barents region, which will contribute to reducing of GHG emissions that accelerate climate change.

More about the NCM Arctic Cooperation Programme 2015-2017

Cultural and Creative spillovers in Europe: Report on a preliminary evidence

Cultural and Creative spillovers in Europe: Report on a preliminary evidence

In 2014, Arts Council England (ACE), Arts Council of Ireland, european centre for creative economy (ecce), European Cultural Foundation, European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and Creative England initiated and funded a collaborative research project about the evidence and causality of spillover effects in Europe. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) was commissioned in January 2015 to undertake this analysis, for their dedication and collaboration in delivering this research.

The research consisted of:

  • the creation of the first evidence base of 98 spillover projects,
  • a review of evaluation methods and the strengths and weaknesses of existing methodologies,
  • finding an evidence-based concept and definition of ‘cultural and creative spillover effects’,
  • recommendations for future research on spillover effects.

Environmental Technologies Serving Sustainable Regional Development in Remote Border Areas

The European Spatial Development Perspective aims at achieving a balanced and sustainable territorial development, in particular by strengthening economic and social cohesion. Urbanization, the use of non-renewable resources and the accumulation of wastes create economic, social and environmental problems. Societies need to adapt cross-cutting sustainable solutions to overcome the limitations provided by the scarcity of resources and the challenges of climate change.

Europe in My Region photo competition

Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the photo competition Europe in My Region. The competition is organised by the European Commission. Deadline for participation is 28 August.

The photo competition is part of the EU-wide communications campaign Europe In My Region, which is run as a way to encourage citizens to discover and learn more about EU-funded projects near them.
For the first time this year four different initiatives (public openings, a treasure hunt, a photo competition and a blogging campaign) will involve the public in visiting projects and sharing images and experiences via social media.
For more information please contact Dr. Lina Marcinkutė European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy Tel.: +32 229-68444 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: http://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/europe-in-my-region-photo-competition.html

European Cooperation Day 2016

European Cooperation Day invites you to participate in any of the events showcasing project results or highlighting the importance of territorial cooperation.

'Sharing borders, growing closer' is the motto for the celebration of this spirit of cooperation throughout Europe and beyond, as territorial cooperation also involves neighbouring countries of the EU.

Read more about the events around September 21st on the campaign website and see the promotional video from this link.


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