School to Work
Aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth.

Baltic Training Programme 
Supports the internationalization of vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurship and the internationalization of business. www.baltictrainingprogramme.se

Baltic University Programme
Largest university network in BSR focused on sustainable regional development through cooperation in education, research and applied projects www.balticuniv.uu.se

Baltic Sea Labor Forum
Aims to promote social dialogue, tripartite structures and cooperation as crucial elements of sustainable growth and social development in the BSR www.bslabour.eu 

Baltic Science Network
Aims to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level http://www.baltic-science.org/

Stakeholders met in Stockholm

Stakeholders gathered both at SALAR, Swedish Association of Local and Regional Authorities, in Stockholm and via the web to follow the seminar on February 12 and hear about the latest developments in the Baltic Sea cooperation. And there are is undoubtedly a lot happening right now.

Already within the next few months, several stakeholder seminars will be held: in Hamburg, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw. Annual Forum 4-5 June in Tallinn is co-arranged with Participation Day and Coordinating Group meeting. Meanwhile, work on targets and indicators, preparation for a revision of the Action Plan in 2019 and input to the next financial programs 2021-2027 is ongoing. 

The number of members of the flagship School to Work is increasing and has now reached 60. A new website is in place and stakeholders are active with study visits, gathering good examples in the relevant themes and developing new projects. Coming next are conferences, stakeholder seminars and study visits.

Within the Baltic Science Network, the current situation in the Baltic Region's research environments has been mapped, existing networks, obstacles to better cooperation and possible ways forward.

Baltic Training Programme, which works to strengthen Vocational Education and Training, develops the first international VET program based on ECVET.

BSLF, Baltic Sea Labour Forum, is working to develop the labour market and contribute to sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region. At the moment, they are considering creating working groups in areas of common interest. Under consideration is EGLE, an expert group on labour and employment. BSLF Annual Round Table and Labour Ministries' Expert Meeting will take place in Riga on April 18th.

The emerging flagship, BSR Smart Life, is working on a project application to establish itself as a flagship. The theme area is lifelong learning and the goal is to develop transnational cooperation systems for lifelong learning, especially in areas with low labour supply.

The seminar that took place in Stockholm on February 12 was also broadcasted live as a webinar.
A recording can be found if you FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Much more information is also available in the presentations shown during the stakeholder seminar. You can view and download them here:

EUSBSR/PA Education - status report, Anders Bergström, Norden Association in Sweden

Reports in brief by the flagship leaders:
School to Work (S2W), Inta Edgarssson, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
Baltic Training Programme (BTP), Kerstin Claesson Callahan, Swedish Council of Higher Education
Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF), Daria Akhutina, Council of the Baltic Sea States
Baltic Science Network (BSN), Leif Eriksson, Swedish Research Council
Emerging flagship: BSR Smart Life, Fred Ring, Norden International

Regional meetings to promote EUSBSR

The Baltic Sea Strategy aims at reaching more stakeholders.

Regional meetings will attract stakeholders from several sectors and levels of governance to learn more about what the Baltic Sea Strategy can offer in the form of a framework for effective cooperation.
Two regional meetings have already taken place, in Umeå and in Hässleholm.

More information about the event in Hässleholm can be found here.


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