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Project: BalticBOOST

BalticBOOST - Baltic sea project to boost regional coherence of marine strategies through improved data flow, assessments, and knowledge base for development of measures (2015-2016).

BalticBOOST is a EU co-financed project coordinated by HELCOM. 

​The main objective of the project is to improve regional coherence in the implementation of marine strategies through improved data flow, assessments, and knowledge base for development of measures.

For more information, please see HELCOM website.

Call for the CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF)

The new deadline for the CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) applications submission is 8 May 2016. 

The main purpose of the CBSS Project Support Facility is to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea macro-regional cooperation projects, which would bring added value for the Baltic Sea region, show impact in regional cooperation and foster long-term partnerships.

The project themes should follow the three CBSS long-term priorities: Regional Identity, Sustainable and Prosperous Region, Safe & Secure Region.

For more information and application, please visit: http://www.cbss.org/project-support-facility/

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 in Turku, Finland

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 will be organized on 20 May in Turku, Finland under the theme "Maritime cluster in the Baltic Sea region and beyond". The focus of the Forum will be on transport, shipbuilding and maritime cluster. The keynote speech will be delivered by the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

See the programme and more information on http://www.centrumbalticum.org/en/events/baltic-sea-region-forum

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

How to facilitate the integration of creative and cultural industries and tourism?

The development of creative and cultural industries (CCI) and cultural tourism has been identified as the strategic focus of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). This includes also the facilitation of cross-sectorial spill-overs and innovation in CCI, as well as usage of CCI innovation in furthering tourism.  In order to build up the knowledge base on the prevailing situation and support the future developments, the NDPC has commissioned a study on the topic. The study will be carried out with an aim to learn more about developments in CCI and its cross-sector spillovers with tourism, taking into account innovative case studies and best practices, as well as policy developments. The information will be utilized to develop recommendations for effective and sustainable integration of CCI and tourism sector. The study is carried out by PROMAN – a leading international consulting company specialised in development cooperation – with the funding from the European Commission.

Baltic Rim Economies (BRE) 1/2016 is published

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 issue of the BRE 1/2016 on the Pan-European Institute's website.

Open call: Nordic funding programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region 2016

The application round for Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region 2016 is now open for applicants. Priority areas are projects concerning environmental issues, democracy development, network building and cross-border co-operation.

The deadline for submitting application is on May 31, 2016.

For futher information, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers' website.

Open call: Baltic Sea region seed funding grants

The 2016 call for Baltic Sea region seed funding grants' applications is now open. This call closes April 14, 2016.

Seed funding is intended to be used to start new collaborations or expand existing ones in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and in some cases in Moldova and Georgia. Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding.

The main applicant must always be a Swedish organisation. Partner countries that qualify for funding are Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia (with priority given to northwest Russia), Ukraine and Belarus, Georgia and Moldova. Organisations from other countries in the Baltic Sea region – Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland – are welcome to join the partnership, but SI does not provide any funding for their participation.

For further information, please visit the Swedish Institute's website.

 

Baltic Rim Economies BRE 5/2015

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 issue: BRE 5/2015

Open call: EUSBSR Communication activities and targeted support

Interreg Baltic Sea Region has opened the call for applications for targeted support and communication measures for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The call is open from 14 December 2015 to 29 February 2016.

The projects funded under this call support the implementation of the EUSBSR by:

  • Ensuring its visibility as well as contributing to the implementation of the EUSBSR Communication Strategy (available at balticsea-region-strategy.eu),
  • Providing capacity building for the key implementing stakeholders of the EUSBSR (National Coordinators, Policy Area Coordinators, Horizontal Action Coordinators and other relevant financial institutions),
  • Providing support to evaluation of the EUSBSR.

For further information, please visit the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme website.

Finding joint solutions to transboundary challenges in the Northern Dimension

The Northern Dimension (ND) is nowadays one of the most effective forward-looking formats of regional and trans-border cooperation. The results and achievements of the ND, i.e. better environmental situation in the Baltic and Barents seas, new cultural ties and promotion of cultural industries, improvements in public health protection in the ND area and resolved transport problems, are also well known due to active position of the NDI and its Newsflash, which deserve all the support.

Baltic Rim Economies BRE 4/2015

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.

Please read BRE 4/2015 here.

New Baltic Sea website is launched

The ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland has launched a new Baltic Sea website. The website generates, gathers, and disseminates information on the CBSS Polish presidency 2015-2016, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), Northern Dimension, Cooperation in Arctic, and Baltic Advisory team.

The link to the website

The EUSBSR Newsletter September 2015 issue is now available

The EUSBSR Newsletter September 2015 issue is now available. A featured article addresses the new changes in the recently revised Action Plan including the new structure of thematic areas, the role of regional bodies within EUSBSR and the new terminology used. In addition, success stories from Policy Area 'Education' and the impending EUSBSR communication strategy are also part of this publication.

Read the publication

NDPC building common understanding on CCI

Baltic Sea Region has never before been so vivid and strong in terms of cultural cooperation. Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture plays an important role in this collaboration, providing support for CCI sectors in the region. I am privileged that I could serve as the NDPC Chairman on behalf of Poland since January 2014.

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture – a regional platform established in 2010 with the aim to support development of cultural and creative industries (CCI) in the Northern Dimension area – acts on two levels: political and practical.

Updated EUSBSR Action Plan

Following an extensive consultation with Member States concerned and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, a revised Action Plan of the EUSBSR was agreed with Member States concerned and now is finalised. The revised Action Plan, which is more streamlined and focused, consists of 13 policy areas and 4 horizontal actions, in total 17 thematic areas of macro-regional significance. It also includes a new chapter on the role of regional organisations/networks and their added-value within the EUSBSR. The revised Action Plan was presented at the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR (15-16 June 2015, Jūrmala, Latvia).

For more information, please see the EUSBSR webpage

New data on EUSBSR in KEEP

KEEP, the online database of territorial cooperation projects and beneficiaries, has very recently added a new possibility to its search engine. Users can now opt to search for data within the specific scope of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The new EUSBSR search criteria (in the 'Advanced Search' section) will open to KEEP users access to information on the projects and partners of this EU Strategy, its Priority (Policy) areas and horizontal actions. This new data in KEEP includes not only Interreg / Territorial Cooperation projects, but all types of projects that are in line with the EUSBSR, part of its flagship projects, or flagship projects themselves. Users can either look for detailed information project by project or opt for an aggregated vision of the projects within the scope of this EU Strategy, by exporting their search results to Excel.

For more information, please visit EUSBSR website

Baltic Rim Economies Issue 3, May 2015

​The Baltic Rim Economies introduces articles on current topics concerning the Baltic Sea region. This issue includes, among others, the article on the energy market of the Baltic countries written by the Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič.

Read Baltic Rim Economies 3/2015

Baltic Sea Campus on eHealth ready for take-off

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) can safely be called a pioneer in the field of eHealth. Numerous study trips to the Scandinavian countries as well as to Estonia are proof for the importance of the region in the field.

At Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) we have seen our role as that of an “eHealth bridge” in the BSR in the past and continue to do so. We were the first in Germany to offer a master’s degree programme “eHealth” back in 2007 and we are home to the Management Secretariat of eHealth for Regions, the leading network on the topic. FUAS was the lead partner and thus mainly in charge for several projects within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). November 2013 saw both the foundation of the Institute for eHealth and Management in Healthcare and its re-location to new facilities FUAS has further increased its efforts and involvement in the BSR ever since.

The Health Economy in the Baltic Sea Region - Challenges and Opportunities

Market-Analysis "The Health Economy in the Baltic Sea Region - Challenges and Opportunities"

Market-analysis by Nord LB “The Health Economy in the Baltic Sea Region: Challenges and Opportunities”. The analysis concludes that it is possible to establish the Baltic Sea Region health sector not only as a cost generating healthcare system, but as an interdisciplinary sector registering above-average growth and offering great potential opportunities. The analysis is prepared for ScanBalt via the BSHR HealthPort project co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Health Economy in the Baltic Sea Region, Market-Analysis Published

Market-Analysis "The Health Economy in the Baltic Sea Region - Challenges and Opportunities" was published in spring 2014. The analysis concludes that it is possible to establish the Baltic Sea Region health sector not only as a cost generating healthcare system, but as an interdisciplinary sector registering above-average growth and offering great potential opportunities. The analysis is prepared for ScanBalt via the BSHR HealthPort project co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme.

More about ScanBalt and the analysis can be found at scanbalt.org

Baltic Sea Region's State of the Region Report 2014 published

Latest State of the Region Report was published in Turku at the 16th BDF Summit on June 3,2014.

According to the Report there are signs that the Baltic Sea region and its 11 countries are entering a new normal of permanently lower growth, and it is difficult to see where powerful new growth drivers should come from. Furthermore, the political situation in Ukraine could influence negatively.

To learn more about the Report, please visit Baltic Development Forum's website.

Link to the State of the Region Report.

Project results: ImPrim

ImPrim

The aim of the project was to improve public health in the Baltic Sea region and, in particular, in its eastern part. Within this wide objective, the project focused on the role of primary health care and its benefits for the public health system as well as the regional competitiveness.

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