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Northern Dimension in 2030 – How to grasp the opportunities and fight the challenges?

The second Northern Dimension Day took place in Stockholm, Sweden, back‐to‐back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy…

Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth and Bioeconomy

Do you work in the field of bioeconomy and are you interested in how to integrate youth perspectives into your everyday work? Are you looking for innovative solutions to foster the necessary transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based society and economy? Are you a member of a youth organisation with a strong engagement in the field of bioeconomy and sustainability?

The Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth and Bioeconomy addresses the need to better integrate younger generations into the field of bioeconomy. Youth (up to 30 years of age) are vital for renewing and innovating the sector, which is necessary in the transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based society/economy. Today, however, there is a lack of necessary links and methods for attracting and involving youth.

In response to this, the Swedish Institute, together with its cooperation partners, is developing a training programme to tackle the challenges of youth participation in the bioeconomy sector.

Main cornerstones of the programme
  • Inclusion and cooperation
  • Peer learning and mentoring
  • Network building

Crosscutting themes
  • Stakeholder involvement and multi-actor participation
  • Complex thinking (sustainability and stakeholder models – setting up interlinkages)
  • Communicating complex ideas
 
How do I register?
The application period is 29 June–22 August 2018. Follow the link to submit your application.
For more information contact Gabor Schneider, gabor.schneider(at)si.se, Tel: +46-8-453 78 59, Mobile: +46-732-318521
 
Is my organisation eligible?
The programme is targeting representatives of youth organisations as well as those of organisations working with bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. We look forward to receiving applications from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Iceland as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

Programme timeline
Digital Kick Off: 24 October 2018, (13–14.30 CET)
Module 1: 21–23 November 2018 in Stockholm
Online Session: 10 January 2019 (13.30–16.30 CET)
Module 2: 21–23 January 2019 in Vilnius
 
More informetion here (link)

6 countries signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPC Secretariat

6 countries have signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The official signing ceremony between the governments of the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Latvia, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Sweden was held on 28 May at the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

NDPC focuses on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries, bridging the gap between various sources of funding and strengthening cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector and international institutions throughout Northern Europe, and facilitates state, regional and private funding attraction for the implementation of significant cultural and creative industries projects in Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.


Source: NDPC website. Photos from the signing ceremony can be found at the NDPC website.

Barents Co-operation 25 Years - Fostering Common Opportunities in the European Arctic

Venue: The Swedish Representation to the EU, Square de Meeus 30
Time: Tuesday 5 June 8:30-13:00 followed by Barents Cooperation 25 Years Anniversary Lunch (Arctic seafood and refreshments)

The Barents cooperation, covering northernmost Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, is a unique cooperation in the European Arctic

Through 25 years, it has delivered high-level dialogue in the region along with everyday people-to-people collaboration and regional cooperation. It is a unique platform that involves the EU as a participating partner, together with Iceland and Denmark and representatives from the indigenous communities.

The Arctic is of enhanced importance due to increasing challenges that also delivers new opportunities.

It is of immense importance to keep the low-tension in the region to be able to tackle the common global challenges, building on a day-to-day, local and regional collaboration over the borders in the European Arctic region.

The seminar will discuss how the Barents cooperation these 25 years have been of great importance and a best practice for cross-border cooperation in Northern Europe, and how we see the Barents cooperation develop into the future.

High-level speakers and practitioners from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia and the EU will present the best practices for cross-border cooperation in the Barents region followed by a “Talking Barents” panel debate.

Registration: bit.ly/BarentsBrussels

Draft Programme (as of 7 May)

OPEN CALL: REFINERY 2018-2019 - Refinery of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Products in the Northern Dimension Area

OPEN CALL: REFINERY 2018-2019
Refinery of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Products in the Northern Dimension Area

The project is looking for participants from the field of tourism and creative industry to develop sustainable cultural tourism products and services

Application deadline 25.5.2018
Open to applicants from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Lithuania and Germany

WHAT IS REFINERY?
The project enhances the collaboration between the tourism and creative industries within the Barents and Baltic Sea regions. The main target is to create sustainable cultural tourism products and services to each participating region. The project brings professionals from the creative field and from the tourism sector together and organizes service design workshops where participants create new ideas for products and services together.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
The set of three service design workshops includes the basic knowledge of service design, its concepts and methods. The approach is practical. Participants develop ideas and make “fast and dirty” service prototypes together. Workshops are led by facilitator and service designer Elisa Lahti MA (Master of Art and Design). She has several years of experience from various workshops, including service design, product development and professional identification.

SCHEDULE
Information letters to the selected participants 8/18-9/18
1. Workshop Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia 10/18
2. Workshop Vilnius, Lithuania 12/18
3. Workshop Rovaniemi, Finland 2/19 or 6/19
Final task for participants 9/19
Participants provide a description of developed/tested services/products 11/19

WHO CAN APPLY
Professionals from the creative field and from the tourism sector, individuals or organisations, with an idea or pilot project and strong interest to develop new products or services to the field of cultural tourism from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Lithuania and Germany.

HOW TO APPLY
Participants can apply with an informal application letter with the brief description of the service/product they are willing to develop during the project. Maximum length 1 A4.

Send the application with a title “Refinery application” by 25th May to Refinery –project assistant ninni.korkalo(at)gmail.com

PROJECT COVERS
The project will offer three moderated workshops (Petrozavodsk, Vilnius and Rovaniemi) and provide participants with meals (mainly lunches and coffees) and accommodation during their stay in above mentioned cities. Project budget does not allow for a daily allowances or airport transfers but you can contact our project team about travel costs reimbursement.

Project is supported by Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and operated by Ministry of Education and Culture, Arts Promotion Centre Finland in co-operation with regional cultural authorities.

Call announcement (PDF)

Additional information:
Ninni Korkalo, Cross-Art Collective Piste, +358408312314, ninni.korkalo(at)gmail.com

Katja (Ekaterina) Rakkolainen, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, +358295330853, katja.rakkolainen(at)taike.fi

Lund University: New app makes the transport industry transparent

Swedish road freight companies that abide by work environment legislation, taxation regulations and environmental agreements have had a hard time surviving on a market where illegal transport operators can perform the same services at a much lower cost. A new app being developed at Lund University in Sweden makes the entire chain of transport visible to consumers.

The app is based on blockchain technology, which means that the transported products leave digital tracks at every stop they make on their way to the customer. The information is then collected in a database that is visible to all who are links in the chain, including the customer in the store.

Read the whole story on Lund University website.

Creative Powers for Europe, November 22th, 2016, Sweden

Sweden Proudly Presents and Welcomes You to Creative Powers for Europe!

Participate in a day of bold discussions and fresh ideas for moving the cultural and creative sectors in Europe forward. In doing so we will take steps towards sustainable development. The national and regional authorities that are the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Skåne are pleased to invite you to Creative Powers for Europe!

The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Stockholm, Sweden

The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 8th and 9th of November 2016. The Strategy Forum will be arranged back to back with the Baltic Development Forum, BDF.

The event is hosted by Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the European Commission.

The overall theme of the 7th Strategy Forum is the future of the Baltic Sea Region and how to achieve a common vision for 2030. The slogan for the Strategy Forum is: One Region, One Future - Vision for the Baltic Sea Region 2030". The Strategy Forum will be used to discuss how the EUSBSR can or should contribute to a desired development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity. A strong emphasis will also be placed on the agreed sub-objectives of the EUSBSR.

The registration will be open between 22 August and 30 September.

For further information, please visit: http://www.strategyforum2016.eu/

Publication: Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice

In a new book "Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice" Timo Koivurova and Pamela Lesser succinctly synthesise primary data gathered from interviews with local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs, government officials and businesses in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the USA. Considering all stakeholder perspectives, they present the regulatory processes of all eight Arctic countries and also provide helpful flowcharts that depict the process graphically for each country. Measuring these practices against the 1997 Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, the only Arctic environmental impact assessment guidance document that has been officially approved by the ministers of all eight Arctic countries, this book identifies key areas where adherence to best practice is high, such as stakeholder outreach and development, as well as those areas that fall short.

Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research meeting

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.

The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.

In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.

For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.

Publication: Gender, Education and Population Flows: Summary report on knowledge, cross-Nordic experiences and examples from practice

Bennike, Kathrine Bjerg
Faber, Stine Thidemann
Nielsen, Helene Pristed

During the Danish Presidency for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, attention was drawn towards challenges and best practice examples in relation to gender, education and population flows in peripheral areas throughout the Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the autonomous countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The present report summarises the findings and conclusions which are covered in the existing Nordic research and literature within the field, as well as the experience and professional responses, which were presented during the course of the common dialogue and exchange of experience.

To read the report, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.

Report: Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Finland's Prime Minister’s Office has published an independent expert group report Growth from the North. How can Norway, Sweden and Finland achieve sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic?

Norway, Sweden and Finland share common economic, environmental and social interests in the Scandinavian Arctic. The report defines four drivers of growth and offers four instruments for the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North.

The report is written by Anne Husebekk, Rector, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Magdalena Andersson, Governor, Västerbotten County, Sweden and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland.

Project: Listening to Architecture, Composing spaces

Listening to Architecture, Composing spaces. Baltic Network of Design, Architecture and Music

The project aims to introduce in Russia the best European experiences in the fields of environment friendly architecture and energy-saving building construction, design of public spaces for disabled people and design and architecture for children through a number of activities.

Study: Joint Barents Transport Plan report (2013)

Joint Barents Transport Plan report (2013)

Proposals for development of transport corridors for further studies

The Barents Euro-Arctic Region

Economic and social development in the Barents Region requires better transport connections, and the aim for the work has been a joint approach to look at the future need for transport in the Barents Region.

Study: Cross-border logistics between EU and Russia (2013)

Cross-border logistics between EU and Russia (2013)

The flow of goods between Murmansk-Finland-Sweden with focus on the logistical interfaces in a supply chain

Wallin, Johan
Luleå University of Technology

The study provides a mapping and description of the flow of goods by road transportation across the two northernmost border crossings of Finland towards Russia, and a unique overall view is presented of the cross-boundary logistics in this region.

Project: The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes

The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes

Partners: Ports of Gothenburg Sweden, Århus, Denmark and Tallinn, Estonia

The Baltic Sea Hub and Spokes project is a project co-funded by the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea programme that creates the necessary framework for an integrated maritime transport system.

Project: MONALISA

MONALISA

Lead partner: Swedish Maritime Administration, Market Department, Sweden

MONALISA aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport.

Project: ENVIMINE

ENVIMINE

Lead Partner: Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Northern Finland Office, Finland

While new mines will be put into operation, active deposits are scheduled for closure.

The challenges of the mine closure will arise; closed mines may have a negative impact on surrounding water, soil and air. This can be prevented by good planning, and therefore, information about the surroundings of the mine in question is needed.The project will develop innovative methodology concerning environmentally safe mine closure under specific conditions of Barents area. This will be done in cooperation between mining and environment expert from three countries. The project has three case mines from Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Project: ENERU

ENERU –project

Lead Partner: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland

This project aims to strengthen cross border cooperation in energy management to increase business cooperation among South Kola region in Russia, Finnish Lapland and Norrbotten Sweden.

Project: Baltic Link Gdynia-Karlskrona

Baltic Link Gdynia-Karlskrona

Lead Partner: Regional Council of Southern Småland, Sweden

The activities within our project consist of a new combined terminal in Alvesta, upgrading of the railway Emmaboda-Karlskrona (part of the Coast to coast line) and infrastructure investments in the Port of Karlskrona in Sweden together with investments in the Port of Gdynia in Poland.

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