“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

Baltic Executive Programme 2016 call for nominations

Posted by Member 1bf87cf, Friday, 23rd September 2016 @ 2:46pm

  • We have begun recruitment for this fall's Baltic Executive Programme and accept nominations from local and regional governmental organisations.

    The Baltic Executive Programme is a new leadership programme designed to tackle the ever more pressing question of how to unleash the full potential of transnational cooperation.

    Countless transnational projects and networks have been initiated in the Baltic Sea Region over the years. Studies show that few initiatives are durable. They often cease to exist when funding runs out and results are seldom integrated into the normal operations of the home organisation. Does this really make sense?

    Please send your nomination to programme manager Mikael Olsson at the Swedish Institute.

    The programme targets local and regional government with an established track record and/or genuine interest in Baltic Sea Region cooperation.

    Specifically it has three target groups from within each organisation:

    • elected politicians
    • directors
    • strategists & senior planners

    Organisations are welcome to nominate its participation with 2-3 named participants. Please also note that a gender balance is required. The programme participation is free of charge for organisations taking part. Tuition, coaching, food, lodging and travel costs are financed by the Swedish Institute. The nominated individuals are however expected to participate fully in both programme modules: 


    Baltic Executive Programme takes place on 5-7 December 2016 in Gdansk, Poland and 12-14 February 2017 in Riga, Latvia.

    16.09.2016_BEP Executive programme_A5_v4.pdf

    Read more about the Baltic Executive program at


HA Capacity – work programme May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Posted by Member 1bf87cf, Thursday, 8th September 2016 @ 11:43am

  • The Baltic Sea NGO Network, the Union of the Baltic Cities and the Swedish Institute are assigned as Horizontal Action Coordinators (HAC) for HA Capacity. The Baltic Sea NGO Network has appointed the Norden Association in Sweden, and the Union of Baltic Cities has appointed the Centrum Balticum Foundation, to fulfil on their behalf obligations as HAC. The presented work programme describes how these organisations plan to fulfil the assignment in the period May, 1st 2016 until April, 30th, 2018.

    HA Capacity work programme 28 April 2016.pdf


Pdf Presentation about HA Capacity

Posted by Member 1bf87cf, Friday, 11th December 2015 @ 2:14pm

  • Intererested in macro-regional strategys and/or transnational cooperation? Or just keen to optimize your organisation's international projects to their best possible capacity? 

    We are here to help you and your organisation reach the full potential of transnational cooperation

    For a brief description of how we do this, see:
    EUSBSR_HA_Capacity_Warsaw_2015.12.11 MO.pdf

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