“Traditionally Brussels decided the goals and the format and invited groups to join. Now we start locally, ask what’s needed, what people want to achieve. Then people build up an initiative together and seek funding to support it. It’s much more proactive.” Anders Bergström, Norden Association
The aim of HA Capacity is to offer capacity building support for the implementing stakeholders, using multilevel governance as an overall guiding principle. In practice, this will be carried out by means of:
• Developing and operating a capacity building platform for the implementing stakeholders. • Involving and utilizing networks across sectors in the Baltic Sea Region, supporting involvement of local- and regional authorities, NGOs, business and academia to ensure that all levels will be mobilized to the full extent.
HA Capacity - capacity building and involvement
A key factor of success for the EUSBSR is the integrated and coordinated governance of the Baltic Sea region, between sectors of society as well as between regional and local authorities, business, academia, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the respective countries.
Through active involvement of all potential stakeholders in promoting and implementing the goals of the EUSBSR and its Action Plan we can ensure, that the words are translated into action.
Understanding and being able to make use of the cobweb of multilevel governance in a project driven reality, within the respective policy areas involved in the implementation of the EUSBSR, is the heart of its success. Multilevel governance strengthens openness, participation, coordination and joint commitment to delivering targeted solutions.
Posted by HA Capacity, Wednesday, 18th October 2017 @ 10:59pm
“If we fix good multi-level coordination of discussions and activities, we might eliminate the need of persuading each other of the value, and move to more collaborative mode of engagement.” This was the conclusion of the open space exercise starting with the question “How will you convince the holder of national EU Funds to invest in macro-regional strategies?”
National Coordinators / Policy Area Coordinators / Horizontal Action Coordinators together with representatives of Managing Authorities in European Structural and Investment Funds, 54 participants in total gathered for the first module of the EUSBSR Support in Riga. This module will be followed by five more in this capacity building programme for coordinators in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The programme is based on peer learning with three priorities;
The topic for the 1st module was “Aligning Funding for Policy Impact” with discussions such as cooperation across functions: Alignment in Practice Exploring alignment of funding in smaller cross-functional teams, with real-life formats that PACs and HACs work in and Beyond 2020: feeding forward to the new funding period. Designing a collaboration interface between PACs/HACs, National Coordinators and the EU funding programmes.
Next module will be held in Tallinn on 12 and 13 December with the topic; Monitoring & Evaluation in the EUSBSR: WHAT? WHY? HOW?
Posted by HA Capacity, Thursday, 14th September 2017 @ 10:58pm
The NDPHS Secretariat as the Coordinator of the Policy Area “Health” within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), along with coordinators of the EUSBSR Horizontal Action “Capacity”, invites regional stakeholders to apply for training on project design, development and implementation. The training will be organized on 8-9 November 2017 in Riga, Latvia.
The training aims at stakeholders active in the Policy Area “Health” and will be held over two days. During the first day (ran by coordinators of the Horizontal Action “Capacity”), the focus will be on the EUSBSR in general, and the Policy Area “Health” in particular. On the second day, the NDPHS Secretariat will hold training on project development and implementation for stakeholders active in the Policy Area “Health”. Its focus will be on proper planning of project elements by employing various project management tools.
During the training participants will have a possibility to split into separate teams to discuss the concrete ideas and actions as well as to exercise tools introduced during the training.
The training will be held as part of a project “Support to coordination and implementation of activities within the EUSBSR Policy Area "Health" currently being implemented by the NDPHS Secretariat thanks to a grant provided by the European Union through its Interreg BSR Programme 2014-2020.
The call for applications is open until 20 September 2017.
A lot of hope is attached to regional cooperation and its ability to pull EU out of current difficulties, connected to Brexit and the refugee crisis.
Cooperation must get closer to the people and include organizations at all levels in society, local, regional, national, NGOs and academia. EUSBSRs first Participation Day ever, an idea that originated in the Danube Strategy, took place in Berlin in connection to this years Annual Forum. The arrangement gave new stakeholders possibility to meet experienced stakeholders and discuss new projects.
CLICK HERE to read more about Participation Day 2017 in Berlin.