“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.
About 70 key stakeholders participated in this year's EUSBSR Autumn Meeting. National Coordinators and Policy Area Coordinators discussed future of the EUSBSR based on the new Action Plan.
Participants discussed both obstacles to a well-functioning Baltic Sea Strategy and positive elements. Among the negative factors are lack of political commitment, lack of resources, unclear responsibilities and uncertainty about future governance of the Strategy.
Good cooperation between policy area coordinators and horizontal action coordinators, strong personal commitment among many stakeholder, well-functioning networks and transnational cooperation are perceived as positive elements.
Please CLICK HERE to read more about the Autumn Meeting and download presentations.
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is about both content and method. Within the framework of the strategy, we work with practical issues in many thematic areas. But it is the method, i.e. the way of working, that distinguishes the Baltic Sea Strategy from other collaborations.
This was the theme of the workshop "International cooperation is required for sustainable regional development". The participants, actors in the Swedish Baltic Sea Network, practiced the working methods of the EUSBSR by building a collaboration around a concrete challenge.
During November and December there will be two seminars focused on disseminating information about the EUSBSR, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
On 18 November, there will be an opportunity for those interested to receive information on the Strategy. The seminar is both an introduction to all new stakeholders and an update for those who already have some knowledge. Special focus is placed on the embedding of the Strategy in the EU Structural Funds program and the link between strategic development work at national level in the member states and the transnational processes.
Anna Hagström, who is the national coordinator for the Baltic Sea Strategy at the Prime Minister's Office in Sweden, presents the strategy's new action plan. The Swedish Institute introduces the call for project initiation, which opens on 19 November.
On December 7, another digital seminar will be arranged. Then the participants are given the chance to try hands-on to work macro-regionally, i.e. apply the methods used in the development work within the strategy. The seminar can also be an opportunity to find new partners and develop new projects.
If you are interested, you can register for participation via THIS LINK. The organizer is HA Capacity, who works with capacity building among stakeholders in the strategy. Nordic Association shares responsibility for HA Capacity with the Swedish Institute and the Union of the Baltic Cities.
Key issues for working with the EUSBSR were the theme of this year's traditional Autumn Meeting held in Helsinki.
Minister of Foreign Affairs in Finland, Mr. Pekka Haavisto welcomed the participants and underlined the importance of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the dedicated job performed by Policy Area Coordinators, Horizontal Action Coordinators and National Coordinators.
Participants discussed, among other things, how to formulate realistic and measurable targets and indicators in the new Action Plan that will be applied during the next program period.
Important discussion also concerned the transition process from a project-oriented working method to building processes and the role of the steering groups in organizing policy loops.
The last workshop covered two themes: What capacities need to be further developed and Communication. The participants called for an introductory package for EUSBSR rookies and also a uniform presentation of EUSBSR, where the website should be made into the point of entrance to all EUSBSR related information. It is far from optimal for almost every PA and HA to have it´s own website, without any coordination with others.
You can find some of the material from the Autumn Meeting here.