Exploring the Northern Dimension

Improving the accessibility of the Baltic Sea Region. The kick-off conference for three EU projects

The kick-off conference for three EU projects: NSB CoReScandria 2Act and TENTacle projects was held on April 7th at Kalastajatorppa in Helsinki and gathered for about one hundred participants. These three projects start their cooperation in order to develop the EU TEN-T Core Network Corridors intersecting the Baltic Sea Region.

The project North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, NSB CoRe is led by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council from Finland, and  it aims to improve the sustainable accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region (EBSR) to freight and passenger transport.

The Scandria2Act is a project developing the northern sections of the Core Network Corridor from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, prioritizing energy efficient solutions in freight and passenger transports. The TENTacle project focuses on the accessibility of peripheral regions in the Baltic Sea Region by developing their connections to the Core Network Corridors.

These three-year projects NSB CoRe, Scandria2Act and TENTacle have been approved by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

To get more information about the conference and the projects, please visit Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council web page.

Improving the environment with committed stakeholders

The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) has been highly successful in co-financing projects to improve wastewater treatment in North West Russia. As a result of NDEP’s 14 year cooperation with St Petersburg Vodokanal, the city is now treating 98.4% of its wastewater. NDEP grants of EUR 40 million, combined with loans of EUR 220 million from the EBRD, EIB, NIB and NEFCO have helped to leverage investments worth over EUR 860 million. Since 2011, all major wastewater treatment plants in St Petersburg have been treating wastewater in full compliance with HELCOM recommendations. NDEP has financed similar investments also in other cities in Russia to protect the fragile ecology of the Baltic and Barents Seas area.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Consultation Days, Berlin, Germany

Interreg Baltic Sea Region invites you to a project idea consultation during the Consultation Days on 12 and 13 April 2016 in Berlin, Germany. You will have the opportunity to consult your project idea in person with Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat officers. The consultations are offered on 12 April between 13.00 – 17.45 hours and on 13 April between 9.00 - 16.15 hours. 

The Consultation Days addresses project developers who plan to apply for the Programme funds in the 2nd call and have already a project idea. The consultation slot is 45 minutes.

The registration  will be closed when the maximum number is reached or latest on 7 April 2016.

For further information and registration, please visit: http://www.interreg-baltic.eu/event-detail/event/interreg-baltic-sea-region-consultation-days.html

Interreg Baltic Sea Region first call for seed money application opens soon

Seed Money refers to Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme funding that is used to prepare project proposals with strategic importance to one of the policy areas or horizontal actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The first call is open from 28 September 2016 to 15 February 2017.

Read more: http://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/first-call-for-seed-money-applications-opens-soon.html

Interregional Cooperation in the Changed Reality and Interaction within Civil Society

The European Union is active in various regional cooperation formats involving politicians, officials, civil society and people-to-people contacts. 

One of them is the Northern Dimension (ND), a joint policy between EU, Norway, Iceland and Russia. It offers a platform for policy dialogue and practical, result-oriented cooperation through four partnerships in environment, transport, health and culture covering geographical area from the Baltic to Barents Seas. In line with the principle of co-financing, the EU has allocated close to €100m in support of the ND in previous years. For 2014-20 financial support comes from ENI Regional East Programme. The ND considerably contributed to improving the environmental situation of Baltic and Barents Seas. It addressed people’s health, transport and logistics and creative and culture industry policy.

New EUSBSR Newsletter available

Newsletter from EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been published.

Main topics:
The 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum will be organised in Tallinn, Estonia, on 4-5 June 2018;
Some improvements have taken place at the EUSBSR website;
The group of National Coordinators (NC group) is the overall coordination body for the development, implementation and policy monitoring of the EUSBSR;
And more...

Read the EUSBSR Newsletter here.

New Work Plan for Culture adopted

Meeting in Brussels on 25 November EU Ministers of Culture agreed on a new Work Plan for Culture, setting out the priorities for European cooperation in cultural policy-making for 2015-2018. The Work Plan addresses key challenges faced by cultural organisations and small and medium sized enterprises in the creative sector at national and EU level in the context of globalisation and digitisation.

Nutrition and physical activities: How European Union contributes to public Health priorities including obesity?

More than 20 pan-European actions have been co-financed under the 2nd and 3rd EU Health Programmes of the European Commission, with the aims to exchange best practices, to develop recommendations, and to improve standardized methods of data collection about nutrition and physical activity promotion.

From 30 November to 2 December 2016, in Budapest, the European Commission with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of the Human Capacities, has organised a very successful meeting to share these projects' results.

More than 30 projects were presented during this 3-day meeting. Read the presentations on EC website.

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