“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

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.  

Invitation to the PARTICIPATION DAY back-to-back with the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin, Tuesday 13 June 2017

Posted by HA Capacity, Monday, 24th April 2017 @ 9:58am

  • Tuesday 13 June 2017

    Representations of the Federal states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, In den Ministergärten 1 – 3, Berlin

    Aim: To enhance role of local actors and bottom-up approaches in the shaping of policy processes and practical implementation of Baltic Sea cooperation. 


    Dear friends of the Baltic Sea Region, 
    The successful implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and its objectives depends on the broadest possible mobilization and participation of stakeholders in all respective countries.

    Strong bottom-up participation and sense of “ownership” by various stakeholders - both in policy shaping and practical implementation - can significantly contribute to the success of the Strategy.

    The macro-regional strategies, and their emphasis on participatory multi-level governance can also be of special importance now, when the European Union is striving to reconnect better with its citizens and to chart its way forward.
    Therefore, the Horizontal Action Capacity and its coordinators, charged with the task of involvement, participation and capacity building of the EUSBSR stakeholders, together with the states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, have decided to organize on Tuesday 13 June 2017 a Participation Day back-to-back with the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin.

    This Participation Day is a “first timer” within the context of the EUSBSR. It has been inspired by the success of three Danube Participation Days, which have proven to be very successful. The Berlin Day will also serve as a pilot project for following editions, in Tallinn 2018 and beyond.

    Due to limits of time and space, the Participation Day in Berlin will this time concentrate on three themes:

    • Sustainable tourism development
    • Education, research, employability and integration of refugees
    • Involvement and cooperation – new approaches?

    We invite representatives of EUSBSR stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, academia, business and media, to this Berlin Participation Day.

    The organisers will do their best to ensure that as many different organisations/networks as possible can attend and present their proposals and views. As the space is limited (max. 80 participants), we can unfortunately accept only one participant per organization.

    The final day for expressing your interest to participate is 5 May 2017.

    Please use this online form...

    You are also invited to present in advance short, concise and concrete project proposals, concepts or ideas about the themes of the Participation Day.  These will be available at the HA Capacity website before the Participation Day in Berlin.

    The organisers will confirm the acceptance of participants and select the most promising proposals to be presented in the Berlin Participation Day by 10 May 2017.

    You will find the draft programme, instructions for expressing your interest to participate and to present your proposals as well as other useful information in the attachments.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

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

Posted by Member 1bf87cf, Thursday, 8th September 2016 @ 10:43am

  • 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


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