The Barents region comprises the northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. It was established in 1993 as a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and it is also the first macroregion to move beyond the Cold War's Iron Curtain. Six million people live in the Barents Region.
The encyclopedia represents the ultimate guide to the region bridging the gap between Russia and the Nordic countries in terms of geography, history, ethnicity, religion, cultural content, political systems and economies. It fullfills the project about the Barents Region which started with The Barents Region. A Transnational History of Subarctic Northern Europe.
Editor-in-Chief: Mats-Olov Olsson
Read more via this link.
Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation has announced its first Calls for Proposals. They will be opened on January 16th and on March 2nd 2017.
In January a Call for Proposal for regular projects in the priority Attractive cultural environmentand calls for proposals for micro projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The micro calls will be open until March 23rd and the regular call until March 31st.
In March Calls for Proposals for regular projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The calls will be closed on May 11th.
Read more on the Karelia CBC website.
Presentations for Arctic Boost, the NPA Annual Event 2016, are now online. The event aimed to contribute to the discussion on how cooperation programmes can contribute to economic development in the Arctic. It took into account the ongoing developments and opportunities in the Arctic and neighbouring regions, and the perspective of the people living there. Projects illustrated concrete examples of Arctic development.
Read more and see the material on NPA website.
The future of Northern Dimension cooperation will be discussed in at least two events during the 7th Strategy forum of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region in Stockholm, Sweden, 8-9 November.
The second Northern Dimension Day will take place back-to-back to the strategy forum on 7 November. Following the lines of the Forum, it will focus on envisioning the achievements of ND cooperation by 2030 and topical challenges within the thematic areas of the four partnerships in 2030. For more information and registration see http://northerndimension.info/news/news/613-northern-dimension-day-7-11-2016
As part of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) will host a seminar "Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?"on 8 November. The seminar, organized in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network, will discuss a topic close to the heart of each and every one of us, namely our chances to live a healthy and wealthy life in 2030. For more information see http://www.ndphs.org/?e-news
The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for 8-9 November, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Tómas Orri Ragnarsson, counsellor working on Arctic affairs and regional cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland gave NDI an interview about the importance of regional cooperation for Iceland.
In academic circles, the Northern Dimension (ND) receives far less attention than the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) or the EU’s enlargement policy. This can be attributed to the specific features of the ND. In contrast to most other EU external policies, the ND does not aim at the export of values and norms but rather offers a pragmatic format for cooperation with its neighbours, in the first place the Russian Federation.
The Russian Federation has made some EUR 4 million available to finance the participation of Russian organisations in the current second call for applications of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.
Read more on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region website.
The application process for a new public co-operation programme between the Nordic Region and Russia will open on 3 October. The programme forms part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ latest efforts with regard to co-operation with Russia, as adopted by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation at the start of the year. On Tuesday, a budget of DKK 6 million for 2016 was set aside for a co-operation programme which aims to increase stability, security, and development in the region.
Read more about the programme and application process on Norden website.
Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.
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 registration for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR and the 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit on 8 and 9 November is now open. Read the programme and register on the Strategy Forum website.
Also, the second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the Strategy Forum, taking place before the official forum starts. Read more on this page.
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.
The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research supports joint cooperation projects between higher education and research institutions in Russia and the Nordic Countries. In its meeting on June 20, 2016, the joint Nordic-Russian Working Group granted support to 14 higher education projects.
Among the 14 funded projects there are several Northern Dimension Institute network members - congratulations!
Please see the full list of funded projects from Programme website.
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.
The first call of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Seed Money will be opened in 28th September 2016 and it will be open until to 15th February 2017.
Seed Money is a 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).
Find more information about the Seed Money calls here.
Find more information about the Seed Money Facility here.
EU Design Days will be organized in Brussels in September 20-22th 2016. The event will be focusing in following themes: design as a strategic tool to support regional development, design to be used for a circular economy, urban production and design, and design thinking for public sector innovation and regional development.
Also, there is a workshop which considers how design thinking could be applied when co-creating new approaches with and for young people experiencing mental illness. In addition, one of the topics is how the use of design for innovation and growth in Europe could be increased.
Location of the event: BWM Brand Store Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24, 1000, Brussels.
Find the registration and more information about the event from EU Design Days website.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme has just released information about the extension of its Fourth Call deadline until 30 November 2016 due to Brexit. In September, the Monitoring Committee of the Programme will decide if there is a need to further extend the Fourth Call deadline, and whether more detailed instructions need to be given for the involvement of UK partners. Already approved projects continue running as planned.
For more information, visit the NPA Programme website: http://www.interreg-npa.eu/.
In the link below, you can view some statistics related to the 2nd call. Comparison is made i.e. between applications and approved projects. There is also comparison between 1st and 2nd call.
Developing the Baltic Sea Region is at the core of the EU funding Programme Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Among other things the Programme provides direct support to the coordination of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
Strengthening the implementation of the EUSBSR and ensuring cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the Baltic Sea macro region are important aims of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Support to the coordination of the macro-regional cooperation is one of the Programme’s priorities .
Since 2014, the Programme offers funds to coordinators of the policy areas and horizontal actions defined in the Action Plan of the EUSBSR. These funds are meant to support the coordinator work, i.e. to bring forward policy discussions and to engage policy makers, flagship leaders and others eager to contribute to their region’s development. This week, the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region granted EUR 3.54 million for the coordination of all 17 policy areas and horizontal actions.
The Monitoring Committee also supports the partnership “Let’s communicate!” led by the Finnish Centrum Balticum Foundation with some EUR 0.5 million. “Let’s Communicate!” puts the Communication Strategy of the EUSBSR into practice. Throughout the project, coordinators and flagship leaders are equipped with communication tools and encouraged to engage in communication actions. The project applies storytelling techniques to show positive change in the region. One aim is to reach out to those target groups that are not familiar with the EUSBSR.
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is divided into three objectives which represent the three key challenges of the Strategy: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Each objective relates to a wide range of policy areas. Examples include promoting clean shipping and supporting innovation. The work carried out under each policy area involves stakeholders from various levels (international, national, regional, local) and sectors (public, private, civil society). It is structured around joint actions and can be illustrated by flagships. Each policy area is coordinated by a Policy Area Coordinator (appointed Member State institution or pan-Baltic organisation).
The Strategy also includes horizontal actions which have a more cross-cutting character and are relevant for many objectives and sub-objectives; examples include cooperation on spatial planning or climate change mitigation and adaptation. The aims and approaches of the policy areas and horizontal actions are described in the EUSBSR Action Plan.
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
The Council discussed the future integrated EU policy for the Arctic with a view to set out a coherent response to the environmental, economic and social challenges of the region, on the basis of the joint communication by the High Representative and the Commission issued in April 2016. An important objective of the EU is to contribute to enhancing socio-economic resilience in the Arctic region, which is home to 4 million inhabitants, while also enhancing environmental resilience.
The press release can be downloaded from the Council website.
The Pan-European Institute publishes a discussion forum, Baltic Rim Economies (BRE), which deals with the development of the Baltic Sea Region. In the BRE review, high-level public and corporate decision makers, representatives of Academia as well as several other experts contribute to the discussion.
Read the latest Special Issue on the Future of the Arctic: BRE 3/2016
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/
The Gdansk port is a major international transport hub and plays a significant role as a key link to the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor of the TEN-T policy, connecting the Nordic countries with Southern and Eastern Europe. It also hosts the Gdansk Deepwater Container Terminal, which is among the largest container terminals in the Baltic Sea and the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea having direct ocean vessel calls from the Far East. The ongoing extension of Gdansk Deepwater Container Terminal was started with a grant from the Support Fund of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL).