The future of Baltic Sea Region Cooperation
Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States
November 23, 2PM-6PM, Turku, Finland
Baltic Area Legal Studies BALEX in cooperation with EUSBSR HA Neighbours welcomes you to the seminar "The Future of Baltic Sea Region Cooperation: Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States". The purpose of this seminar is to reflect on future development of the Baltic Sea region cooperation, with a particular focus on the CBSS, and to discuss the current challenges facing the cooperation.
Speakers of the seminar include, among others, CBSS Ambassador Maira Mora, CBSS Vision Group Member Astrid Thors and Director of Diplomatic Studies at St. Petersburg State University Stanislav Tkachenko
More information here
Information and networking days on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" - 2019 calls - will take place on 11 and 12 September 2018 in Brussels in the European Commission's Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170.
The event targets potential applicants to the 2019 calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials".
Agenda, registration and more info here
A new portal, EuroAccess, has been launched acting as a gateway to EU funding, providing the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to!) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others.
EuroAccess is based on the success of DanubeAccess, which promoted funding opportunities from the geographical area covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, it is now extended to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018.
The latest issue of the Health-EU Newsletter published on June 21, 2018 discusses about the newly launched Best Practice Portal.
The Portal helps to find best practices related to non-communicable diseases.
This call for tenders aims to define and test a cross-border mobility scheme tailored for artists and culture professionals. The initiative paves the way for the full implementation of such a mobility scheme after 2020 within the proposed future Creative Europe Programme.
A call for tenders has been published (EAC-18-2018) to test an experimental cross-border individual mobility scheme tailored for the needs of artists and culture professionals.
The initiative will allow the testing of a new funding scheme to be scaled up in 2019 and 2020, and implemented on a regular basis from 2021 onwards.
The successful bidder will design and test a mobility fund that will complement existing mobility schemes available at local, regional and/or national levels. In particular, it should establish the conditions and criteria to implement an effective funding scheme for the individual mobility of artists and culture professionals across borders. The winning bid should also formulate policy recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States towards its full implementation in the next Creative Europe programme proposed for the period 2021 -2027.
Support for transnational thematic tourism linked to cultural and creative industries
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has just published a call for proposals
This call encourages the development and promotion of transnational thematic tourism with synergies between cultural and creative industries. It does so by providing co-financing.
The call especially targets transnational projects with cooperation between tourism and cultural and creative industry (CCI) related SMEs to create innovative and tangible tourism offers. These offers should use the creative potential of CCIs for new tourism experiences or the enhancement of existing ones.
Are you interested in this call?
See EASME's pagefor all the details and documents.
SAVE THE DATE: BALEX will organise a half-day conference on 23 November 2018 at 2PM-6PM, in Turku, Finland. The event is organised in cooperation with EUSBSR HA Neighbours.
THE FUTURE OF BALTIC SEA REGION COOPERATION
Focus on the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS): Current Challenges and Perspectives
The absence of institutionalized legislative bodies with authoritative power, along with the complexity of transboundary policy challenges, have created space for new types of governance and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Today, there is a great number of governmental and non-governmental institutions and actors, including the EU, involved in Baltic Sea Area governance and cooperation. One of them is the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS, that has set up a Vision Group to create recommendations for a vision for the Baltic Sea Region beyond 2020.
The purpose of this half-day conference organized by the Baltic Area Legal Studies (BALEX) competence cluster, in cooperation with EUSBSR HA Neighbours, is to discuss the challenges facing the Baltic Sea region cooperation and the CBSS, and to share information about the CBSS in the light of the report of the Vision Group work, taking into account Baltic Sea Area governance structures more generally.
The registration for the event will open in August.
The speakers of the event include:
Marko Joas, Professor of Public Administration, Coordinator of the research project BaltReg, Åbo Akademi University
Timo Koivurova (chair), Research Professor, Director, University of Lapland
Anne Kumpula, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Turku
Maira Mora, Ambassador, Director General of CBSS Permanent Secretariat
Zaneta Ozolina (tbc), Professor of Political Science, University of Latvia, Rapporteur of the CBSS Vision Group
Allan Rosas, Judge at the European Court of Justice, Chair of the BALEX Advisory Board
Astrid Thors, former Minister of Migration and European Affairs, former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Member of the CBSS Vision Group
Petteri Vuorimäki, Senior Expert, European External Action Service of the EU, Chair of the CBSS Vision Group
Adam Wisniewski, Professor of Law, University of Gdansk
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.
Draft Programme (as of 7 May)
Raising awareness of climate change and its impacts among young people of Northern Dimension regions - 2018 Call for Proposals
Contributing to the environmental education of young people in the Northern Dimension regions , thus increasing awareness of the population in the environmental issues and ensuring thoughtful handling of the environmental challenges
Deadline: 21/05/2018 at 15:30 (Brussels date and time)
More information can be found here (PDF).
From 30 October 2017, you can apply for funding under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme through three calls that are open for proposal submission. The total available funding is €267 million.
- Calls on Mobility for Growth (two stages and single stage)
- Call on Automated Road Transport
- Call on Green Vehicles
These calls are part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge.
The specific focus of these three calls is to support research and innovation activities in relation with low-carbon and sustainable transport; automated road transport; electrified vehicles; safe and resilient transport systems; European industrial leadership as well as behavioural issues and user needs for mobility solutions.
For more information, please see INEA's website.
A new edition of the Committee of the Region's massive open online course (MOOC) will start on 15 January 2018. This third edition will focus on "How to make the most of EU resources for regions and cities".
The MOOC will provide information on present and future EU policies and programmes, as well as practical tools and examples of available funding opportunities and support at regional and local level.
The course is free and fully online. It will be available on Iversity, an online learning platform, and will include videos, factsheets, infographics, as well as some practical assignments that will let the course participants to interact with each other on the course platform.
The MOOC will last for six weeks (15 January-23 February 2018). Each week will be dedicated to a different topic. The workload will amount to about 1.5 hours per week. The course material will remain online for one year, so even if you cannot complete all chapters in January and February, you will have a chance to work through the course material at your own pace.
The course is co-created by the Committee of the Regions, several Directorates-General of the European Commission – Regional and Urban Policy; Budget; Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Agriculture and Rural development; Eurostat – as well as the European Investment Bank, Interreg Europe and Urbact.
The course is free of charge, open to anyone interested in EU and regional and local affairs, and accessible on all devices.
Registration is already open. More information and registration here.
The info daywill take place in the morning of 13 December 2017 in Brussels. It will address potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 'Smart, green and integrated transport'calls for funding under the 2018 – 2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme, with the focus on funding opportunities in 2018.
About the event
Presentations will cover various transport topics of the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme, as well as provide detailed information on the selection process and on the upcoming calls for funding.
A brokerage event will be organised by the National Contact Points and will take place in the afternoon.
The draft agenda will be published soon.
The registration for the info day will open in mid-October. Stay tuned!
Event date and venue
Wednesday, 13 December in the European Commission's Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels
Presentations covering the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme will take place in the morning.
A brokerage event will take place in the afternoon.
A competitive ‘BONUS call 2017: Synthesis’ call is now open. Proposals are invited until 9 November 2017 for transnational desktop-studies of up to 18-months and EUR 450 000 of funding. Mandatory preregistration for all applicants is a month earlier on 9 October 2017.
What is expected from a synthesis project?
Knowledge synthesis is central for knowledge translation from research community to practice and for ensuring evidence-based decision making. This call sets out to synthesise the research outputs that address the challenges for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea ecosystem services. As inherent elements of knowledge synthesis, the proposed projects are expected to perform critical review of research outputs as well as identify the knowledge gaps and further research needs. Each project funded will be also expected to analyse how successfully the outputs of science have been taken up at different levels of public governance and management, and by industry, and suggest ways to enhance the societal significance and impact of research and innovation relevant to the specific topic. Topics selected for this call extend across the strategic objectives and themes of the BONUS strategic research agenda (SRA); they require an interdisciplinary approach and shall therefore be examined from different angles, e.g. natural science, technology, economy, social aspects.Projects are expected to analyse as broad body of research outputs as necessary for robust and unbiased review and credible gap analysis, including, but not limited to, the outputs of research done within BONUS. Wherever possible and appropriate, projects are expected to apply systematic review methodology, combined, where necessary, with a narrative approach. If not stated otherwise, each project is expected to produce as its deliverables at least three review papers devoted to different aspects of the problem, each accompanied by a policy brief(s) distributed to the potential users in a targeted manner as well as appropriate, popular dissemination materials targeting broad society.
Link to the Bonus Call.
In the core of BONUS is a long-term collaboration that supports sustainable development and implementation of HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan, the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other national, regional and European policy developments.
BONUS is funded jointly by the eight member countries around the Baltic Sea and the EU by a total of EUR 100 million for the years 2011-2020. A total of 40 projects have received BONUS funding by August 2017.
Call for Innovation Projects
Cooperation in innovation, research and development is a key dimension in the relations between the European Union and Russia. In this context ERA.Net RUS Plus has implemented a Joint Call for transnational and scientifically excellent research projects in two funding lines: one for 'Innovation projects', and one for 'S&T projects' between 2014 and 2016. The second call round, the ‘ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017’ will continue the support of ‘S&T projects’ in the fields of Nanotechnologies, Health, Environment/Climate Change, Social Sciences & Humanities and Robotics as well as the support of ‘Innovation projects’.
Call closing: 10 October 2017, 15.00 CEST.
More information at Era.Net RUS Plus.
The Fifth Call for main project applications is open from 1st October 2017 to 28th February 2018.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme contributes to and aligns with the Europe 2020 Strategy, national and regional policies and development strategies, macro regional and sea basin strategies, and other programmes covering parts of the geographical area.
The programme’s vision is to assist in the generation of vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation, expanding the capacity for entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth initiatives and opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.
To date, the NPA 2014-2020 Monitoring Committee has in total committed approximately 67% of the programme funding to 35 projects.
More information, Terms of Reference, announcement document and contacts can be found on the Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 website.
Newsletter from EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been published.
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;
Read the EUSBSR Newsletter here.
The Baltic TRAM project offers companies free access to state-of-the-art analytical research facilities across the Baltic Sea Region, providing technical and scientific expertise to help solve challenges associated with developing new products or services. The project now accepts applications.
Companies selected for support will receive scientific advice tailored to their specific business needs. More precisely, they will be provided with free measurements of material samples on micro, nano- or molecular scale, and consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes. Through these services, companies will be able to upscale the knowledge of their materials’ properties and help improve their product portfolio or in-house manufacturing processes.
A network of Industrial Research Centers (IReCs) stand ready to provide support in the process. The IReCs are business-support units that can help applicants throughout the entire application process - from formulating a product or process challenge to designing follow-up activities that support the companies in applying the knowledge gained in their product or manufacturing processes.
Companies based in EU member states are eligible to apply. To initiate the procedure, contact a national Industrial Research Center (IReC) for consultations. More information about the process, as well as contact details to the IReCs is available here.
Baltic TRAM is an international project, partly funded by the European Union’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The overall objective is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialization strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive.
COS-TOURCCI-2017-3-03: Supporting the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries
This call for proposals aims at co-funding projects developing and promoting transnational tourism products related specifically to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) subsector 'cultural heritage'. A particular focus is being placed on using CCIs-related technologies in promoting these tourism products and enhancing visitor's experience.
Eligibility of applicants
Applicants must be legal entities and must correspond to the definition of at least one of the target organisations mentioned in section 6 of the call that are active in the field of tourism, cultural and creative industry (CCIs). Applicants must also be fully or partly public or private bodies; private bodies must be properly constituted and registered under national law.
Only applications from legal entities established in the following countries are eligible:
- EU Member
- States countries participating in the COSME programme pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation
The consortium must gather a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 members/partners—different legal entities—covering at least 4 eligible countries.
The consortium must be composed of at least:
- a) one managing authority of a UNESCO cultural site included in the World Heritage list
- b) one SME—Small and Medium-Sized enterprise—acting in the tourism or the CCIs subsector cultural heritage
- c) one national or regional or local public authority
For more details, please consult the text of the call available at EASME website.
Submission of proposals
The deadline for electronic submission is 29 June 2017 17.00 hours (Brussels time).
For more information see EASME website.
Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health 16–18 October 2017, Tallinn
"Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health“ will focus on how digital technologies and wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare.
The conference will show already existing digital health solutions, use-cases and technologies to demonstrate that value-adding citizen-centric health services and systems are the reality and the future has already arrived to be made available to all Europeans.
Tallinn will bring you the latest developments in three hot topics:
- Building citizen-driven demand in eHealth
- eHealth supporting the value driven and sustainable health and social services
- eHealth as a driver of innovation and economic development
The topics of discussion will include:
- Giving citizens access and more control over the use of their health data
- Cross-border exchange of health data
- Making better use of health data for research and innovation
- Creating the right conditions for a digital single market in health – interoperability, cybersecurity, data protection
The conference will bring together the EU policymakers and Member State ministers responsible for health, patient organization representatives, national and international IT and healthcare companies, health professionals, healthcare managers, and the R&D sector.
Registration for "Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health“ is scheduled to be live in May 2017.
Further information and a detailed agenda will be made available in due course.
Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health is organised by Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and the Government Office as part of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
For more information, please see eHealthTallinn 2017 website.
The European Commission, together with European External Action Service and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, will co-host the high-level event "A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches", to take place in Oulu (Finland) on 15-16 June 2017 (starting on 15 June afternoon and finishing on 16 June afternoon). Following the publication of the Joint Communication on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Commissioner Karmenu Vella and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will have an open debate with governments, industry, research, indigenous and local community representatives on the climate and environmental challenges facing the Arctic and on how international and local cooperation can boost sustainable and innovative development.
The event will also include a high-level session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum and the annual Indigenous Peoples Arctic Dialogue. A more detailed programme will be published in the coming weeks.
Please, follow this link and register to the event: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/MARE-ARCTIC2017
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.
As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission is hand-picking potentially disruptive businesses to invest and support as part of the SME Instrument (for Small and Medium sized enterprises). On the factsheet site you can learn more about Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and the impact of the programme in different countries and fields of activity and discover great examples of projects.
From Northern Dimension area Finland and Germany have already have their country factsheets published, but you can search for partners and coordinators in all Europe through the interactive map.
SME Instrument factsheets
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.
This book analyses the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which entered into force in May 2011, thereby replacing its predecessor of 2003/2004.
Editors: Bouris, Dimitris, Schumacher, Tobias (Eds.)
Read more on the publisher website
The European Commission adopted the fifth report on the development of the European rail market. The report shows that EU legislation on rail, which encourages competitiveness and market opening, has led to a more efficient and customer-responsive industry. In Member States where rail markets are opened, competition can result overall in lower fares for customers and better value for taxpayers. After adoption of the 4th Railway Package, the focus of the Commission will be on the implementation of existing legislation to bring about further performance improvement.
Download the full report on Commission webpage.