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Northern Dimension events at EUSBSR Strategy Forum

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

Northern Dimension Day 7.11.2016

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.

Finnish maritime industries will create an ecosystem for autonomous marine transport

The objective of the ecosystem is to create the world’s first autonomous marine transport system to the Baltic Sea. Ships will be fully autonomous in 2025. The first pilots and applications in months to come are cargo ships and freight.

There are almost 60 companies in the ecosystem through Finnish Marine Industries Association. The largest investors are Cargotec, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, Rolls-Royce, Tieto, and Wärtsilä. About half of the ecosystem’s funding comes from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Read more about the project on DIMECC website.

Assessing the Status of Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region: A Macro-Regional Perspective

This background study is aimed at enabling fruitful cooperation between the Baltic Sea States in implementing and pursuing the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and serves as a resource for developing governance for sustainable development in the region. Further, the report includes suggestions on how to organise the work for the global SD Goals in the future.

Download the study on Council of the Baltic Sea website.

Publication: Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region - Focus on Education

The current, fifteenth issue of the journal “Studia Periegetica” is entirely devoted to the matters of education for sustainable development. It particularly focuses on research, practical implementation and educational solutions in the area of education for sustainable development applied in the Baltic Sea Region. Authors of the papers take into account academic activities, public administration entities and companies located in this region.

Download the journal on this link.

Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture: Network funding available

Network funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by funding travel, networking and residential visits.

The idea behind funding networking activities is to make it possible for people in the arts and culture in the Nordic and Baltic countries to work together, forge partnerships and learn from each other. Two different types of funding are available: short-term network funding and long-term network funding.

Application deadlines

19.01.2017 - 21.02.2017

28.08.2017 - 28.09.2017

Read more on the Norden website.

Funding available for Russian participation in joint projects

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.

New Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide published

A new and extended version of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide has been released in both electronic and print form. The publication, aimed at all mariners at sea, gives a concise and easily understandable overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic.

Read more and download the guide on EUSBSR Website.

BONUS BaltCoast published the first special issue of the Coastal & Marine Magazine

The BONUS BaltCoast project published the first out of three special issues of the Coastal & Marine Magazine.

“Recalling ICZM – Insights from the Baltic” gives an introduction to the BONUS BaltCoast project, as well as to a Systems Approach Framework for the sustainable management of the Baltic Sea, which is implemented by the project. The issue sets a special focus on the re-analysis of ICZM case studies in the Baltic Sea Region. The PDF is available under: http://www.baltcoast.net/dissemination/publications-via-coastal-marine-magazine.html

Review of the Gulf of Finland’s status published

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has published an assessment of the Gulf of Finland, compiling the research results of over a hundred Finnish, Russian and Estonian researchers. The over 300-page publication includes recent information on issues such as eutrophication, hazardous substances, invasive species, noise, maritime traffic, and plastic waste. The publication is the most important result of the Gulf of Finland Year arranged by the countries.

The publication includes for the first time a comprehensive collection of material on the status of the Gulf of Finland over a long period of time, collected by the three countries.

Read the full report on the website.

EUSBSR 7th Strategy Forum in Stockholm registration is now open

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.

 

 

EU takes over HELCOM Chairmanship

Reaching a healthy Baltic Sea ecosystem by 2021, promoting innovation for a sustainable Blue Economy and tackling the challenge of regional governance are the main priorities for the European Union now chairing HELCOM until 30 June 2018. The Chairmanship of the Helsinki Commission rotates between all the Contracting Parties every two years according to their alphabetical order in English.

Please read more about the EU Priorities and new chair from HELCOM website.

First call for Interreg BSR Programme Seed Money application opens in 28th September 2016

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.

 

International workshop on Societal Security Research in Riga, Latvia, 31.8-1.9.2016

NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia, are organizing a workshop to help inform the scope and development of a possible international research cooperation aimed at understanding and addressing current debates surrounding societal security in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The workshop will be held in the “Glass Hall” of Hotel Bergs, Riga, Latvia.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Registration and more information available at NordForsk website.

CBSS Presidency Handover from Poland to Iceland

On 5 July, 2016, Poland handed over the CBSS Presidency to Iceland during the Almedalen Political Week in Visby (Sweden). The event was hosted by the Governor of Gotland, Ms Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.

Participants of the ceremony expressed their appreciation to Poland for its visionary approach and enormous commitment to the Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The role of the line ministers meetings, organised by Poland, including culture (September 2015), science (June 2016) and deputy foreign ministers’ (June 2016) sessions, was emphasised. The upcoming Icelandic Presidency priorities were also introduced, with both Ambassador Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson & Ambassador Estrid Brekkan emphasising the Icelandic commitment to the Baltic Sea Region and continued collaboration on all levels.

Read more here.

24th BSSSC Annual Conference in 14-16 Sep, 2016, in Finland

Time: 14 September, 2016 to 16 September, 2016

Place: Verkatehdas Arts & Congress Center, Paasikiventie 2, 13200 Hämeenlinna

The 24th BSSSC Annual Conference will take place from 14th to 16th September 2016 in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Value of Regional Co-operation in Challenging Times

This year the conference is dedicated to the European challenges we are facing today, but also overcoming them together, via co-operation within our common Baltic Sea Region.

For more information and registration visit: http://www.hameenliitto.fi/fi/24th-bsssc-annual-conference

18th BDF Summit in Stockholm in 8th November 2016

The 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit will be held in Stockholm on 8 November 2016, in conjunction with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Taking stock of the current state of the Baltic Sea Region, the 18th BDF Summit will explore how we can find common ground in a changing environment, looking closer at the regional economic affairs, the political climate, and the potential for business.

Organised by the Baltic Development Forum, the annual Summits have provided a high-level meeting place for regional cross-sectoral dialogue since 1999.

More information here.

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

Baltic Rim Economies issue 3/2016 is out

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

 

Northern Dimension Day 2016

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 November 8th-9th, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

We cordially invite You to the second Northern Dimension Day to hear and discuss the future visions in the Northern Dimension cooperation.

Can we turn the Arctic into a black carbon free area? Will the automatization of transport improve the connectivity of the region? How can we more effectively fight against the increasing antimicrobial resistance of bacteria? What is the role of creative industries in improving the region’s innovativeness? These and other future trends shaping the development and cooperation in the ND area in 2030 will be discussed by a group of insightful panelists representing the four ND Partnerships and the ND Business council.

Time: 7 November 2016 at 16:00-18:00 Venue: Festlokal Camarillo, Kungstensgatan 22, 113 57 Stockholm, Sweden (map).

Program:

15.30 Registration and refreshments 16.00 Opening of the event Riitta Kosonen, Director, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT), Aalto University School of Business, lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) 16.10 Panel discussion moderated by Monika Zamachowska, Polish journalist and moderator specialized in European affairs. Future visions discussed by:

Jaakko Henttonen, Adviser, Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Marek Maciejowski, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Wellbeing Oddgeir Danielsen, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics Ilze Gailite-Holmberg, Senior Adviser, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Pavel Isayev, Adviser to General Director, Severstal & Northern Dimension Business Council

Q&A 17.30 Mingling & Tapas buffet

Please register by 31 October using this link. The seminar participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required as seats are limited.

If you have any problems with the registration, kindly contact us: cemat(a)aalto.fi.

Please follow also our Twitter account for info about the ND Day: www.twitter.com/ND_Institute

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Open call for Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea Region projects

The Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region (TCPBSR) funding aims to promote economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and its vicinity and thereby contribute to greater integration. The application period is 15 April – 30 September 2016.

The Swedish Institute provides project funding in three priority areas:

  • An ecologically sustainable region
  • Sustainable growth for increased prosperity
  • Challenges to the region

In order to apply for the Swedish Institute funding, the partnership must comprise Sweden and at least one eligible country: Georgia, Moldavia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus.

For further information, please visit the Swedish Institute web page.

More than 70 seminar proposals for 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR

The organisers of the 7th Strategy Forum for EUSBSR in Stockholm, Sweden received more than 70 proposals by the deadline of 17 May 2016.

Some subjects raise the topics of (examples):

  • What happens if we do not work to improve the conditions of the Baltic Sea?
  • Can we envisage a "Vision Zero" for serious maritime accidents in the Baltic Sea?
  • How can culture and tourism interact?

The programming committee is now analysing the suggestions and will inform the groups that made their proposals by mid-June about which proposals are accepted and give deadlines for presentations in the official programme.

The outline of the programme is available on the Forum web: http://www.strategyforum2016.eu/

Open call for transnational smart grids projects

Nordic Energy Research, in cooperation with NordForsk, is facilitating the call process on behalf of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus partners.

ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is an initiative of funding programmes from 21 European countries and regions. The overall goal of ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is to support knowledge-sharing between European smart grids initiatives by promoting and financing joint projects. This document is an invitation to respond to the 2016 joint transnational call for smart grids projects in Europe. The total available budget is approximately €20 million.

Deadline for application is June, 15.

For further information, please visit the Nordic Energy Research website.

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