“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. 

HA Capacity is coordinated by the Baltic Sea NGO Network, Union of the Baltic Cities and the Swedish Institute.

News and Announcements

INBJUDAN - Participation Day i Umeå

Posted by HA Capacity, Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 11:18pm


    Inom ramen för EU:s Östersjöstrategi har Umeå kommun och Föreningen Norden nöjet att inbjuda er till

    Participation Day i Umeå

    Tid:    Torsdagen den 22 mars 2018

    Plats: Nolia Konferens, Signalvägen 3, Umeå 

    Kom och delta i en ny form av europeiskt samarbete! Dagens problem är ofta komplexa och kräver gemensamma lösningar. Participation Day i Umeå samlar lokala och regionala aktörer i gemensamma utvecklingsprocesser.

    Under Participation Day får din organisation möjlighet att presentera projektförslag eller andra samarbetsförslag till transnationellt samarbete i Östersjöregionen.

    KLICKA HÄR för att komma till registreringen.

    För mer information om Participation Day i Umeå kan ni vända er till:

    Micael Rönntoft

    Föreningen Norden

    Utvecklingsansvarig, Region och lokal verksamhet



The EUSBSR can be used as a driver for development as well as a platform for cooperation.

Posted by HA Capacity, Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 10:48pm

  • The EUSBSR can be used as a driver for development as well as a platform for cooperation. This was thoroughly discussed during a workshop with PA Health in Riga on December 6. The workshop involved representatives from around the Baltic Sea Region aiming to increase the capacity for transnational cooperation in the Health sector.

       - For me, valuable discussions were about finding common solutions for societal challenges within the health area, and also to better understand the intervention logic and flagship concept as proposed by HA Capacity, says Olga Andreeva Deputy Manager at the Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of the Russian Federation.

       In essence, the ESUBSR functions as an interconnected system. It facilitates strategic processes and supports collaboration aimed to implement policy as well as concrete action. Macro-Regional Strategies, such as the EUSBSR, give us a policy framework for tackling complex societal challenges. The approach emphasizes transnational cooperation as a method, whereby stakeholders are activated through a structure for multilevel governance.

       The PA Health workshop specifically centred on different aspects of policy impact and how it can be achieved through policy development; the implementation of relevant actions; and through developing new methods and solutions in order to better implement and achieve policy targets. Discussions also focused on aligning funding structures as well as on the relationships between project, process and policy.

       - I was a total beginner in this field so everything that was discussed gave me new perspectives and insights, but that which I remember the most are the discussions on how projects, processes and policy connect and interact, says Bartosz Zablocki, Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Health in Poland.     

       One challenge in working with Macro-Regional Strategies, designing flagship processes and guiding project promoters seems to be to define relevant and properly dimensioned objectives and targets.

       - We should be realistic about what we aim for in our projects and programmes. Instead of aiming at specific health outcomes (e.g. reducing mortality or morbidity), better institutional capacity may be a more realistic objective, especially in the context of macro regional collaboration networks, says Ûlla-Karin Nurm, Director at the NDPHS Secretariat.  


EUSBSR Support 1st Module

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?

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