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.
Autumn Meeting - Workshops
EUSBSR Annual Forum – CBSS
EUSBSR Annual Forum – Turku
PAC/HAC Support update
Workshop 1. EUSBSR implementation; alignment of policies
Workshop 2: Capacity building and Communication