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/

The EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)


EaSI aims to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions. EaSI funding is used to test ideas for reform “on the ground”, evaluate them and then upscale the best ones across Member States. The concept of social innovation, which has a special focus on youth, is at the heart of EaSI.

EaSI brings together three EU programmes, managed separately between 2007 and 2013, and called PROGRESS, EURES and PROGRESS Microfinance. Together they pursue common goals of promoting employment, social inclusion and labour mobility. EaSI forms a coherent set of EU programmes that are aimed to achieve a greater policy coherence and coordination as well as increase efficiency in the delivery and management of the projects.

Thematic priorities

EaSI is designed to support the development of policies and legislation at EU level. Its actions should be complemented at national, regional and local levels.

These programmes form the three axes of EaSI. They support:

-          the modernisation of employment and social policies with the PROGRESS axis (61% of the total budget)

-          job mobility with the EURES axis (18% of the total budget)

-          access to micro-finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis (21% of the total budget)

-          modernising employment and social policies


The PROGRESS axis of EaSI helps the EU and its Member States to improve policies in three thematic sections: employment, in particular to fight youth unemployment; in social protection, social inclusion and the reduction and prevention of poverty; and in working conditions.

EURES axis has as its aim to strengthen the European job mobility network that provides information, guidance and recruitment/placement services to employers, jobseekers and any citizen wishing to take advantage of freedom of movement for workers.

It covers three thematic sections: transparency of job vacancies, job applications and any related information for applicants and employers; development of services for the recruitment and placing of workers in employment; and cross-border partnerships.

The Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship (MF/SE) axis supports actions in two thematic sections: microcredit and microloans for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises; and social entrepreneurship. Until 2016, Progress Microfinance will run alongside the new MF/SE programme.

Budget and co-financing

The total budget for 2014-2020 is €919 469 000. The programme will provide €10-14 million per year for social innovation activities.

Note: The European Commission does not directly finance entrepreneurs or social enterprises, but enables selected microcredit providers and social enterprise investors in the EU to increase lending. The Programme will complement other European Union programmes. Synergies will be developed between EaSI, other EU  programmes (e.g. Rights and Citizenship or Horizon 2020) and the Structural Funds, especially the ESF and the Youth Employment Initiative.

Geographical coverage

EU countries; EEA countries and EFTA countries; EU candidate countries and potential candidate countries, in line with the framework agreements concluded with them on their participation in the Programmes.

Eligible partners

The PROGRESS axis will accept applications from: public and private bodies established at national, regional or local level and providing microcredit for persons and micro-enterprises and/or financing for social enterprises.

The EURES axis is open to: national, regional and local authorities; employment services; social partner organisations and other interested bodies.

For Microfinance axis: public and private bodies established at national, regional or local level and providing microcredit for persons and micro-enterprises and/or financing for social enterprises.

Application procedure

The activities to be funded are defined in a work programme adopted by the Programme Committee. To apply for funding, eligible organisations must respond to a call for tender and/or to a call for proposals.

Pre-study funding

Applications for funding pre-study will not be accepted.

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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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