“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.
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 Olssonat 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:
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:
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.