“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


Posted by HA Capacity, Tuesday, 9th May 2017 @ 4:30pm

  • Within the framework of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy and the Annual Forum in Berlin, a Participation Day will be organized for the first time. This is a seminar that aims to enable local, both public and non-profit stakeholders, to get in touch with stakeholders that already work within the strategy and its transnational development processes.

    For more information, please read the attached documents below. 

    And for registration please follow this link: Click here...
    Last day for application is May 23.

    Don´t hesitate to contact us for any informaton.

    Anders Bergström
    Policy Area Coordinator/Horizontal Action Coordinator
    PA Education/HA Capacity



Documentation of the EUSBSR Spring Meeting in Stockholm

Posted by HA Capacity, Friday, 28th April 2017 @ 10:38am

Announcement of new offering: Individual workshops for each PA.

Posted by HA Capacity, Tuesday, 25th April 2017 @ 11:34am

  • HA Capacity offers individual workshops for each PA (targeting the coordination team, stakeholders and/or others in the networks). The purpose is to help coordinators develop tools, skills and competencies for further implementation of the EUSBSR. 

    The workshop will centre on your needs as PAC and could focus on strategic processes and policy development, alignment of funding, competence development of the network, etc. 

    The workshop will be planned and facilitated by HA Capacity, but in close cooperation with you as PAC.

    Contact Anders Bergström ( for a personal consultation and/or to book a workshop.  

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