The EUSBSR can be used as a driver for development as well as a platform for cooperation.

The EUSBSR can be used as a driver for development as well as a platform for cooperation. This was thoroughly discussed during a workshop with PA Health in Riga on December 6. The workshop involved representatives from around the Baltic Sea Region aiming to increase the capacity for transnational cooperation in the Health sector.

   - For me, valuable discussions were about finding common solutions for societal challenges within the health area, and also to better understand the intervention logic and flagship concept as proposed by HA Capacity, says Olga Andreeva Deputy Manager at the Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of the Russian Federation.

   In essence, the ESUBSR functions as an interconnected system. It facilitates strategic processes and supports collaboration aimed to implement policy as well as concrete action. Macro-Regional Strategies, such as the EUSBSR, give us a policy framework for tackling complex societal challenges. The approach emphasizes transnational cooperation as a method, whereby stakeholders are activated through a structure for multilevel governance.

   The PA Health workshop specifically centred on different aspects of policy impact and how it can be achieved through policy development; the implementation of relevant actions; and through developing new methods and solutions in order to better implement and achieve policy targets. Discussions also focused on aligning funding structures as well as on the relationships between project, process and policy.

   - I was a total beginner in this field so everything that was discussed gave me new perspectives and insights, but that which I remember the most are the discussions on how projects, processes and policy connect and interact, says Bartosz Zablocki, Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Health in Poland.     

   One challenge in working with Macro-Regional Strategies, designing flagship processes and guiding project promoters seems to be to define relevant and properly dimensioned objectives and targets.

   - We should be realistic about what we aim for in our projects and programmes. Instead of aiming at specific health outcomes (e.g. reducing mortality or morbidity), better institutional capacity may be a more realistic objective, especially in the context of macro regional collaboration networks, says Ûlla-Karin Nurm, Director at the NDPHS Secretariat.  



Networks: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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