EUSBSR: News and Events EUSBSR: News and Events http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:25:36 +0000 GroupSpaces EUSBSR: News and Events http://media.groupspaces.com/images/logo/logo-250.png http://media.groupspaces.com/images/logo/logo-250.png http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/ http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/621091?alt=rss The EUSBSR Action Plan, translated into the languages of the region <div class="ugc"><p>The EUSBSR Action Plan, updated in 2013, has now been translated into the official languages of the countries in the Baltic Sea region. The documents are available for download <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/1025447/mFMpl5i7_33g_2pj1zjy/Action+Plan.zip">here</a>.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/621091 2014-02-28T14:07:45+00:00 2014-02-28T14:07:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/608503?alt=rss 38 new projects approved under the EUSBSR seed money facility <div class="ugc"><p><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:'Trebuchet MS', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">Almost 180 partners from all around the Baltic Sea will contribute to developing project ideas within 38 seed money projects approved on 22 January. The seed money projects will start within the upcoming two months and have the goal to compile concepts for full-scale international projects within one year. This will be right in time for the launch of a number of funding instruments set-up for the period 2014-2020.</span> </p> <p><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:'Trebuchet MS', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"><br /><a href="http://seed.eusbsr.eu/">More information</a><br /><br /><br /></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/608503 2014-02-03T16:27:34+00:00 2014-02-03T16:27:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/590642?alt=rss Alpine Region to become a Macro-Region <div class="ugc"><p>The European Council has invited the Commission to prepare for a European Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSAR) jointly with the Member States. <br /><br /> In the meeting in late December 2013 the Council asked Commission to elaborate an EU Strategy for the Alpine Region by June 2015.<br /><br /> Here is a link to <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/140245.pdf">the Council Conclusions</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/590642 2014-01-13T08:32:29+00:00 2014-01-13T08:32:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/564390?alt=rss Environment and infrastructure are key in the EUSBSR according to the Baltic Council of Ministers <div class="ugc"><p>The Prime Minister of Estonia Mr. Andrus Ansip, the Prime Minister of Latvia Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis and the Prime Minister of Lithuania Mr. Algirdas Butkevicius met within the framwork of the Baltic Council of Ministers on 8 November 2013 in Riga, Latvia. The Prime Ministers discussed the key issues of regional and trilateral cooperation as well as EU agenda. </p> <p><br /> The Prime Ministers reviewed the progress achieved by the Baltic States implementing common regional projects in compliance with the priorities of the Latvian chairmanship in the Baltic Council in 2013.</p> <p><br /> The Prime Ministers (1) recognised the significance of the EUSBSR for the economic, social and territorial cohesion, in addressing common marine and environmental challenges, infrastructure deficiencies, in particular building the missing energy and transport infrastucture links; (2) invited the respective ministries to enhance political support in the implementation of the EUSBSR and to use its potential in the work of Baltic Council of Ministers; (3) encouraged the managing authorities to embed EUSBSR objectives into the programming documents of the 2014-2020 programming period in an coordinated way and introduce possibilities for transnational coopertaion is a macro-regional context.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/564390 2013-12-19T10:34:13+00:00 2013-12-19T10:34:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/557286?alt=rss Wall Street Journal Europe report on Rail Baltica <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--></p> <p><strong><em>Borders Raise Hurdles for Baltic High-Speed Rail Link</em></strong> is the headline of a WSJ article published 8 December highlighting the Rail Baltica project. <br /><br /> The magazine have made an extensive report on the state of play and as well produced a film that can be seen if you click <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304384104579143620967840830?mod=ITP_pageone_2">on this link</a>.</p> <p><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/557286 2013-12-13T14:17:38+00:00 2013-12-13T14:17:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/557271?alt=rss New study on the EUSBSR highlights the need to improve governance and political leadership <div class="ugc"><p>A EUSBSR study entitled 'Towards Cruising Speed?' addresses some of the Strategy’s achievements and shortcomings to be taken into account when planning the upcoming programming period. Weaknesses in the governance system, leadership and added value are highlighted in the paper available for download <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/958673/z2V2kACJTLqBSDmyksRq/Kern+%26+Gaenzle+%282013%29+Assessing+the+EUSBSR+EPA+17.pdf">here</a>.<br /><br /> The study has been carried out by university professors Kristine Kern and Stefan Gänzle. Kristine Kern is Professor at the Department of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam and Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS); and Associate Professor in Public Administration at the Department of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University. Stefan Gänzle is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/557271 2013-12-13T12:27:05+00:00 2013-12-13T12:27:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/545686?alt=rss BONUS kicks off seven projects on viable ecosystem of the Baltic Sea <div class="ugc"><p>BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme, announced the first seven projects selected from the BONUS call 2012 for research on viable ecosystem of the Baltic Sea. The announcement took place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.</p> <p> "Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the research projects to be supported by BONUS. Further calls for research proposals will be announced in 2014 and I encourage the Baltic Sea researchers to participate." said Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director of BONUS.<br /><br /> Read the full press release <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/938138/mUDqHCgwGr_VQ6IzlxKt/2013_11_26_Viable_ecosystem_release.docx">here</a>.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/545686 2013-11-26T08:44:47+00:00 2013-11-26T08:44:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/529727?alt=rss Commissioner Hahn met students from the region <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--></p> <p>Commissioner Johannes Hahn, responsible for EU Regional Policy not only chaired the National Contact Point meeting, but also gave a key note speech asking for even more commitment to implement the EUSBSR. <br /><br /> Besides all high level meetings the Commissioner also met with students for the region, among those a large group of students from the Baltic University Programme. The students also handed over their own <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/932984/KtuwUPW1wsKDouxw5nKY/bup+stud+vilnius+declaration.pdf">declaration</a> to the Commissioner at the end.</p> <p><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/529727 2013-11-11T12:21:19+00:00 2013-11-11T12:21:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/529637?alt=rss New EUSBSR promo, released at the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p>A new promotional video about the EUSBSR 'Cooperating together for the Baltic Sea region' was released in the opening session of the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR. <span style="font-size:1em;">The video is available at the EUSBSR YouTube channel: </span><a href="http://youtu.be/gBg7Vc6abpA">http://youtu.be/gBg7Vc6abpA</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/529637 2013-11-11T11:23:55+00:00 2013-11-11T11:23:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/529564?alt=rss 4th Annual Forum in Vilnius is opened <div class="ugc"><p>H.E. Dalia Grybauskaité President of Lithuania opened the Annual Forum and asked for committments on all levels in order to enhance the cooperation of the EUSBSR.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/529564 2013-11-11T10:52:08+00:00 2013-11-11T10:52:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/528955?alt=rss Follow the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR via live web streaming <div class="ugc"><p>The 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will stream live the welcoming, closing and all plenary sessions, whereas workshops and project village presentations will be available online later on. Click on the below links to follow live.</p> <p>EN: <a href="http://webseminarai.lt/annual-forum-eu-strategy-baltic-sea-region/">http://webseminarai.lt/annual-fo<wbr />rum-eu-strategy-baltic-sea-regio<wbr />n/</a><br /><br /> LT: <a href="http://webseminarai.lt/baltijos-juros-regiono-strategijos-metinis-forumas/">http://webseminarai.lt/baltijos-<wbr />juros-regiono-strategijos-metini<wbr />s-forumas/</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/528955 2013-11-10T21:23:45+00:00 2013-11-10T21:23:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/525302?alt=rss Farmers going green - new videos uploaded <div class="ugc"><p>There are many farmers that are devolping more environmental friendly methods in their agricultural activities. EUSBSR is happy to show examples from 2 farms running in the frontline. One is dealing with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C6urEAywbI">vegetables in northern Lithuania</a> and the other deals with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM94Sl7p4sY">pig farmining in northern Poland</a>. <br /><br /> The videos are available if you click on the links above or if you visit the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/eusbsr">EUSBSR YouTube channel</a>. Both projects have been demofarms within the <a href="http://www.balticdeal.eu/">Baltic Deal</a> flagship project.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/525302 2013-11-06T09:05:30+00:00 2013-11-06T09:05:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/524465?alt=rss Strengthened cross border cooperation is needed <div class="ugc"><p>The Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) calls for more intensified cross-border cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The labour mobility has increased during the last years which also cause challenges for both workers, enterprises and communities. <br /><br /> Therefore there is a need to improve the cooperation between social partners, governmental institutions and the countries around the Baltic Sea. One step in this direction is the BSLF Action Plan that was adopted 1 November 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.<br /><br /> The action plan for the future as well as the resolution from the Round Table meeting are available if you <a href="http://www.bslf.eu/downloads">click here</a>.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/524465 2013-11-05T13:56:51+00:00 2013-11-05T13:56:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/520482?alt=rss Members States need to show ownership <div class="ugc"><p>This can be understood by reading the last <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/genaff/139110.pdf">Council Conclusions</a> on the added value of the macro-regional strategies. The general Affairs Council agreed 22 October to push more for a more intensive ownership as well as for real multi level goverenance activities to strengthen the implementation of the macro-regional strategies. <br /><br /> It was also agreed to ask members States to strengthen the internal implementation structures and also to align EU and other funds to serve the goals of the strategies. Furthermore it is suggested to share more experiences between the already existing macro-regional strategies.<br /><br /> By clicking on the link above you can read the complete summary of the Council Conclusions.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/520482 2013-11-01T08:03:58+00:00 2013-11-01T08:03:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/515501?alt=rss Video animation says welcome to Vilnius <div class="ugc"><p><span style="color:#1F497D;">With two weeks to go till the 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Forum there are more than 600 participants registered for this event.  <br /> Organisers of the 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Forum wish to share their first informal welcoming gesture – this video that simply says: it is great that we meet once a year to highlight the EUSBSR in its full potential. Enjoy by clicking on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfkyQ8d-ZPA">this link</a>!</span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/515501 2013-10-25T08:07:23+00:00 2013-10-25T08:07:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/511335?alt=rss Great interest in 4th Annual Forum, over 600 registered participants <div class="ugc"><p>Over 600 people registered for the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in Vilnius, Lithuania on 11-12 November 2013. <br /><br /> Some of the workshops are really fully booked and that the interest for the developments of the first EU macro-regional strategy EUSBSR is still solid.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/511335 2013-10-18T07:09:27+00:00 2013-10-18T07:09:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/509360?alt=rss The first passenger train in 10 Years left Vilnius towards Tallinn <div class="ugc"><p>As part of TEN-T Days there is a special conference train discussing the development of Rail Baltica project. On the Lithuanian side the work has started between Kaunas and the Polish border and will be completed by 2015. The distance is about 120 km and is demanding about 1000 workers to finalise the work. The Baltic States have also agreed to continue the work further to Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki. The conference about Rail Baltica ends tomorrow when the train reach Tallinn in the afternoon.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/509360 2013-10-15T11:03:05+00:00 2013-10-15T11:03:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/505058?alt=rss Register for the Annual Forum - still one week to go <div class="ugc"><p>With a little less than one week time to register for the Annual Forum we can see a big interest in the event. At this moment there are a bit more than 400 registered participants. The Annual Forum is organised in a hotel outside Vilnius, Lithuania 11-12 November 2013.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/505058 2013-10-11T13:33:59+00:00 2013-10-11T13:33:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/498367?alt=rss Open Days, follow on Twitter the workshop on 'Added value of macro-regional cooperation' <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">As part of the programme of the Open Days in Brussels, a workshop on added value of macro-regional cooperation will take place on 8 October 2013 from 14.30h to 17.00h. The event will be covered on Twitter and followed live on </span></span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/eusbsr"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">www.twitter.com/eusbsr</span></span></a><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">. Twitter users can also share their views by using the hashtag #EUSBSR.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/498367 2013-10-02T14:00:44+00:00 2013-10-02T14:00:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/486861?alt=rss Rail Baltica in Focus during Ten-T Days 2013 <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Rail Baltica, the idea to build and proper rail way connection (Helsinki) - Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw and continuing on to Berlin is on the agenda in a conference onboard a train starting from Vilnius via Riga to Tallin 15-16 October 2013. <br /><br /> The activity is seen as one of the most important investments in the Baltic Sea region and is also included in the European Ten-T network. On 16 September the transport ministers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and Poland signed a joint declaration on the basic principles of establishing the “Rail Baltica 2″ joint venture.<br /><br /> The pre-conference on the train is part of a very large set of conferences in Tallinn called the Ten-T Days 2013 in Tallinn 16-18 October. The full programme for the Ten-T days is available </span></span><a href="http://www.tentdays2013.eu/"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">here</span></span></a><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/486861 2013-09-26T08:35:35+00:00 2013-09-26T08:35:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/486207?alt=rss Submariner network established in Gdansk <div class="ugc"><p>The Final Conference of the current SUBMARINER project was held in the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, Poland on 5 and 6 September 2013, under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy. <br /><br /> The conference was organized by the Maritime Institute in Gdansk. The event brought together more than 150 participants: high-ranking politicians and representatives of companies and research institutions dealing with new marine uses around the Baltic Sea Region.</p> <p>During the conference <strong>the SUBMARINER Network was officially launched</strong> - the Network is a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The network was established to initiate and implement activities dealing with sustainable and innovative uses of the Baltic Sea resources.</p> <p>For more go to<span style="color:#1F497D;"> </span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.submariner-project.eu/">http://www.submariner-project.eu<wbr />/</a><br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/870156/_B586xtZT2UNQdKn8S92/zdj%C4%99cie+1.JPG">Photo</a> form the event </p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/486207 2013-09-25T06:23:31+00:00 2013-09-25T06:23:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/485206?alt=rss The 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR is on Facebook <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">A special Facebook page to promote the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR has just been released. Please access it <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/4th-Annual-Forum-of-the-EU-Strategy-for-the-Baltic-Sea-Region/211496742351816?ref=ts&fref=ts">here</a> and keep updated with the latest news of this event which will take place on 11-12 November in Vilnius, Lithuania.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/485206 2013-09-23T14:24:02+00:00 2013-09-23T14:24:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/484069?alt=rss Get Smarter Together - taking innovation across borders <div class="ugc"><p>A major <a href="http://www.bsrstars.se/conference/">benchmarking event</a> on smart Specialisation to find synergies with other regions in Europe is organised in Malmö, Sweden 6-7 November 2013. The event will especially focus on e-Health and Smart Cities. The main target groups are regional governments together with keyactors in the governance of research and innovation strategies.<br /><br /> The conference is organised as a back-to-back meeting to the conference where the achievments of the EUSBSR flagships BSR Stars and StarDust projects are presented.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/484069 2013-09-20T11:59:10+00:00 2013-09-20T11:59:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/483969?alt=rss Saving the Baltic Sea Waters Newsletter is out <div class="ugc"><p>Nine environmental projects within the <a href="http://eu.baltic.net/Water.21793.html">Water Cluster Baltic Impulse</a> present them selves in the new edition of the Newsletter. If you are looking for success stories have a look here and learn more about their work and achievements.<br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/865635/KgmYexvihbjaPyoAjokD/Baltic+Impulse+Newsletter+-+Final.pdf">Baltic Impulse Newsletter - Final.pdf</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/483969 2013-09-20T07:25:24+00:00 2013-09-20T07:25:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/477310?alt=rss Registrations open for the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR! <div class="ugc"><p><strong><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">Registration</span></span></strong><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;"> for the 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is </span></span><span style="color:#1F497D;"><a href="http://forms.interact-eu.net/eusbsr-annual-forum-2013"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">NOW OPEN</span></span></a></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">Join us on <strong>11-12 November 2013</strong> in the charming city of Vilnius (Lithuania) for the 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The event, which is hosted by the European Commission jointly with the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the Secretariat of Council of the Baltic Sea States and INTERACT Point Turku, will bring together the main stakeholders of the Strategy from all countries around the Baltic Sea, representing the governmental sector, business, civil society and regional organisations. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The 2013 Annual Forum, entitled <em>‘Baltic Sea, Baltic Growth, Baltic Environment’,</em> will focus on the environmental challenges faced by the Baltic Sea region, and the potential to turn these challenges into opportunities for economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">Register for the event NOW and be a PART of it! The deadline for registration is <strong>17 October 2013 </strong>and the number of places is limited.<strong> </strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">A draft agenda, as well as practical information might be found here: </span></span><a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/4th-annual-forum"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">http://www.balticsea-region-stra<wbr />tegy.eu/pages/4th-annual-forum</span></span></a></p> <p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">We look forward to welcoming you in Vilnius!</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/477310 2013-09-11T07:30:08+00:00 2013-09-11T07:30:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/476687?alt=rss Workshop on added value of macro-regional cooperation in the Open Days <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">As part of the programme of the Open Days in Brussels, a workshop on added value of macro-regional cooperation will take place on 8 October 2013 . The evidence gained through the evaluation report on implementation of the macro-re¬gional strategies (EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region) and conclusions drawn by the key implementing stakeholders will be shared with the audience. The workshop will showcase synergies, operational practices and experiences gath¬ered with a view to upcom¬ing initiatives.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/476687 2013-09-09T21:07:28+00:00 2013-09-09T21:07:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/474605?alt=rss Polish Working Team published a report on their activities <div class="ugc"><p> <span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">This report produced by the National Contact Point presents all actions aimed at facilitating the implementation of the EUSBSR in Poland in 2012.<br /><br /> Firstly, it focuses on activities of the Polish Working Team on EUSBSR (WT) consisting of line ministries, Managing Authorities of Operational Programmes, representatives of the regions, local associations and scientific institutes.<br /><br /> WT meets regularly, approximately once every three months. The report captures these activities as well as related events such participation in Conferences and Meetings.<br /><br /> The Report presents the state of play when it comes to Priority Areas (Nutri, Inno, Culture) and projects with Polish coordinator or leader. <br /><br /> The report (in Polish) and a resumé (in English) are available below:<br /></span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/851811/2yW8szaOtlMcChN4_qZn/SPRAWOZDANIE+SUE+RMB+tekst+ostateczny+11+7+2013+%282%29.pdf">SPRAWOZDANIE SUE RMB tekst ostateczny 11 7 2013 (2).pdf</a></span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/851818/9ItdFwc_Jv0AP_GzBN35/streszczenie+sprawozdania+SUE+dla+KE+29.7.2013.doc">streszczenie sprawozdania SUE dla KE 29.7.2013.doc</a></span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;"><br /><br /><br /><br /></span></span><br /></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/474605 2013-09-06T16:44:59+00:00 2013-09-06T16:44:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/473930?alt=rss Register for "Baltic Sea Conference 2013 - Blue Growth, Sustainability and Water Industries" <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>1024x768<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONE<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p>The registration for the the <strong>Baltic Sea Conference 2013 - Blue Growth, Sustainability and Water Industries</strong><strong> </strong><strong><em>on 3 October in Copenhagen </em></strong>is now open.  </p> <p>The conference organizers believe that the Baltic Sea Region has a unique opportunity to advance the new and innovative policy field of Blue Growth and to combine it with a proactive approach towards the marine environment challenges at the heart of regional cooperation within HELCOM and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. To achieve this, a strong regional alliance between public, private and international partners is needed. <br /><br /><!-- [if gte mso 9]>1024x768<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONE<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p>For more details on the programme, registration and accommodation, please visit the website: <a href="http://www.BalticSeaConference.eu"><span style="color:#000000;">www.BalticSeaConference.eu</span></a>.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/473930 2013-09-05T14:43:00+00:00 2013-09-05T14:43:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/472294?alt=rss A video on the EUSBSR flagship project 'Baltic Deal' has been produced for the European Cooperation Day <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">Baltic Deal is one of the flagships within the EUSBSR aiming at reduce nutrient losses from farms. Farmer and advisory organisations are working together to achieve means aiming at a cleaner Baltic Sea. This film produced for the European Cooperation Day 2013 (www.ecday.eu) is telling about successful approach in an organic farm for vegetables in Biržai region in Lithuania and in an eco-pig farm outside Gdansk in Poland. Production: INTERACT Programme. See the video <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_baGIUKoprA">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/472294 2013-09-03T08:25:18+00:00 2013-09-03T08:25:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/470546?alt=rss Priority Area 'Ship' has produced a brochure <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The EUSBSR Priority Area on Clean Shipping has created a brochure which includes results and recommendations from flagship projects, the clean shipping concept and goals and the state of play of ongoing projects. See the brochure </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/845531/TCvAArphe0UAS_duoxZa/PA+ship+brochure.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">here</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/470546 2013-08-30T15:08:06+00:00 2013-08-30T15:08:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/467764?alt=rss The EUSBSR newsletter August 2013 issue is out <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The EUSBSR newsletter August 2013 issue is out. </span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';font-size:1em;">The content includes, among other articles, </span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';font-size:1em;">the evaluation report on EU macro-regional strategies, information on the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR and a success story from Priority Area 'Nutri'. Access it by clicking on the newsletter cover page on the left column.</span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/467764 2013-08-22T13:46:27+00:00 2013-08-22T13:46:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/460087?alt=rss Consultations on EUSBSR Seed Money on 4 September in Berlin <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The EUSBSR Seed Money Facility offers face-to-face consultations and support to potential applicants and project idea owners during a consultation day in Berlin on 4 September, 2013.<br /><br /> The consultation day is not a general information event, but an opportunity for individuals with a specific idea to discuss. If you have a project idea and are interested in feedback and answers to your questions, please request a consultation by sending a project idea form (pdf format) to <a href="mailto:seed@eusbsr.eu">seed@eusbsr.eu</a> by Friday the 26th of August 2013.<br /><br /> Project applications can be submitted by 30 September 2013. Project applications in the following priority areas are especially wanted: Crime, Hazards, Internal Market, Nutri, Secure or Ship, and the following horizontal actions: Involve, Promo and Spatial Planning. Only projects that present a letter of support from the respective Priority Area Coordinator/Horizontal Action Leader are eligible for funding.<br /><br /> EUSBSR Seed money is EU funding to prepare projects that contribute to one of the priority areas or horizontal actions of the EUSBSR. More information at <a href="http://seed.eusbsr.eu">http://seed.eusbsr.eu</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/460087 2013-08-06T12:25:35+00:00 2013-08-06T12:25:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/453063?alt=rss New videos on the EUSBSR YouTube channel! <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">A few more videos have been added to the EUSBSR channel including stories captured during the workshop on Added Value of the EUSBSR in Warsaw, the Mind Mill: The Baltic Department of Innovative Ideas and farming practices from Baltic Manure. Watch them </span></span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/eusbsr"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">here</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/453063 2013-07-09T09:10:51+00:00 2013-07-09T09:10:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/450833?alt=rss Report on added value of macro-regional strategies <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The European Commission has just published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future. Please access the <strong>report</strong> <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/794741/v4yxvylAwDkTUNmzzALt/COMM_NATIVE_COM_2013_468_REPORT_FROM_COMMISSION_EN_V2_P1_728758.pdf">here</a>, the <strong>staff working document</strong> <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/794742/5UAQQ08ye13YYz18uQNp/COMM_NATIVE_SWD_2013_233_OTHER_STAFF_WORKING_PAPER_EN_V3_P1_730306.pdf">here</a> and the <strong>press release</strong> <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-628_en.htm">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/450833 2013-07-01T12:47:31+00:00 2013-07-01T12:47:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/437117?alt=rss EUSBSR presentations are available <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">There are now several basic presentations available (.ppt) on this website under the <em><strong>Presentations</strong></em> (left column). Here you can find presentations that can be adjusted to your own needs e.g. regarding basic facts, the revised action plan, roles for key actors and about the basics for a flagship within the EUSBSR.<br /><br /> The new revised contactlists are also available under the headline <em><strong>Contacts</strong></em> in attached files.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/437117 2013-05-22T06:08:53+00:00 2013-05-22T06:08:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/430527?alt=rss ONE BSR and PA Culture organised the workshop 'Contribution to the Baltic Sea Region cultural identity' <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">Organised in the occasion of the Kick-Off Event for the new Priority Area Culture in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) on 18 April in Berlin (Germany), the ONE BSR project organised a workshop aiming to the contribution to the region’s culture and identity. The press release can be found <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/743144/eodX1g6EakZR2NaHGkjO/ONE+BSR_Cultural+identity+of+the+BSR_press+release.pdf">here</a>.</span><br /><br /><img src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/743143/g5m0KOcyb_WTixZRTK_z/DSC_1279.JPG?view&size=mw" border="0" class="imgnone" alt="" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/430527 2013-05-06T07:49:07+00:00 2013-05-06T07:49:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/429467?alt=rss EFINORD-SNS Network call <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Nordic Forest Research Co-operation Committee –SNS and the North European Regional Office of European Forest Institute – EFINORD – announce a joint call for networks for 2014. <br /><br /> The call is open as of 1 March and the deadline for applications is 3 June 2013 at 24.00 CET. More information by clicking on </span></span><a href="http://www.efinord.efi.int/portal/efinord-sns_network_call/"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">this link</span></span></a><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/429467 2013-05-02T13:46:22+00:00 2013-05-02T13:46:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/429367?alt=rss Science link conference to foster cooperation <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">Enhancement of Cross-border Cooperation between Research Infrastructures is the title for the second Science Link conference in the Baltic Sea Region. This time the conference is arranged in St. Petersburg, Russia.<br /><br /> The conference starts on 9 June with e.g an excursion to St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute. The Conference dates are 10-11 June 2013. <br /><br /> The complete programme and registration is available on the </span></span><a href="http://www.science-link.eu/events/enhancement-cross-border-cooperation-between-research-infrastructures"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">Science Link web</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/429367 2013-05-02T07:04:07+00:00 2013-05-02T07:04:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/428594?alt=rss Sweden shows how to integrate the EUSBSR into national and regional needs as well as programmes <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) has established a consistent network in Sweden in order to</span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"> better link the EUSBSR to the country's needs</span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';font-size:1em;">. National networking meetings take place on a quarterly basis and reports on the implementation of the Strategy are submitted to different line Ministries once a year.<br /></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><br /> See more information on the Swedish structure for the implementation of the EUSBSR <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/738376/864m3DLv8n8xjU_uwiBo/SE+EUSBSR+Implementation+system.pdf">here</a>.<br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/428594 2013-04-30T12:57:23+00:00 2013-04-30T12:57:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/428124?alt=rss The BSR Innovation Award is open for nominations <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The BSR Innovation Award is open for nominations. The winner will be announced during the during the Baltic Development Forum Summit 29-30 May in Riga, Latvia. It is possible to nominate candidates until 15 May.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bsrstars.se/project/bsr-innovation-award-2013/">More information</a><br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/428124 2013-04-29T13:01:13+00:00 2013-04-29T13:01:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/424149?alt=rss Horizontal Action Spatial Planning has developed a brochure <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The HA Spatial Planning is presenting their tasks and target as well as presented the actors behind the HA in a newly published brochure. The aim is to encourage the use of maritime and land-based spatial planning in all states in the Baltic Sea Region and to develop a common approach for cross-border cooperation.<br /><br /> Click here </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/727882/mCj2us64j1aw4bGKcUn2/HA_Spatial_Planning_broshure.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">to see the brochure</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/424149 2013-04-18T10:38:55+00:00 2013-04-18T10:38:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/423389?alt=rss Charlina Vitcheva: "Think Baltic - think together, EUSBSR is fully in line with Europe 2020" <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">Charlina Vitcheva, DG Regio, European Commission, presented her views on the integration of the EUSBSR into the operation programmes for the next programming period during the 4th Working Meeting on the EUSBSR which took place on 10 and 11 April in Espoo, Finland.<br /><br /> She highlighted that European macro-regional strategies sit in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy.<br /><br /> Two other members of the European Commission, Izolda Bulvinaite and Juri Rute, underlined the importance of the Strategy on the fields of maritime and rural development.<br /><br /> Their presentations are available here:<br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/725702/T_seA3NpIfJtRvXSFvdv/Charlina_Vitcheva.pdf">Charlina Vitcheva</a><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/725703/5WoHTViGwvmbPZU2VknF/Izolda_Bulvinaite.pdf">Izolda Bulvinaite</a><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/725704/kxToraHgl7ms0nSZYUXD/Juri_Rute.pdf">Juri Rute</a><br /><br /> All the presentations displayed during the event as well as pictures and other documentation are available <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/4thwmeusbsr">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/423389 2013-04-16T08:56:59+00:00 2013-04-16T08:56:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/421701?alt=rss Documents and photos from the 4th Working Meeting on the EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The programme, discussion papers, photos and other relevant material from the 4th Working Meeting on the EUSBSR are available under the section Events. You can also access this material by clicking <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/4thwmeusbsr">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/421701 2013-04-10T08:29:24+00:00 2013-04-10T08:29:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/421527?alt=rss Fact sheet on seed money facilities in the Baltic Sea region <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">A fact sheet with relevant funding opportunities in the Baltic Sea region has been produced by INTERACT Point Turku and DG Regio, European Commission. The document is available </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/719818/KNtz_E_IC0AS0NWQ2YCN/Fact+sheet+-+Seed+money+facilities+in+the+Baltic+Sea+Region+-+April+2013.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">here</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/421527 2013-04-09T14:31:34+00:00 2013-04-09T14:31:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/416651?alt=rss Frequently asked questions on Seed Money available <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The EUSBSR Seed Money Facility Secretariat/Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein has collected a set of queestions and formulated answers to those regarding the new Seed Money function that opened recently. If your are interested to learn more click on </span></span><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana, 'sans-serif';"><a href="http://seed.eusbsr.eu/index.php/faqs"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">this link</span></span></a></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/416651 2013-03-20T10:43:47+00:00 2013-03-20T10:43:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/414780?alt=rss 4th Working Meeting <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The fourth working meeting on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) will be organised as two closely linked back-to-back meetings on 10 April and 11 April 2013 in Espoo, Finland. The Meetings are organised in close cooperation between Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and INTERACT Point Turku. <br />   <br /> The <strong>Meeting on day 1</strong> is aiming at discussing practical aspects of the EUSBSR implementation among the key actors of the EUSBSR – National Contact Points, Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Leaders (limited participation).</span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><br />   <br /> The <strong>Meeting on day 2</strong> will bring together key implementing stakeholders of the EUSBSR and Member State representatives responsible for national strategic planning for 2014-2020 and implementation of Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, HELCOM, concerned Directorates General of the European Commission and other interested representatives to identify concrete areas of cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region for mutual benefit in 2014-2020.<br /><br /><strong>Register for day 1 and day 2</strong>: <a href="http://forms.interact-eu.net/4th-working-meeting-eusbsr">http://forms.interact-eu.net/4th<wbr />-working-meeting-eusbsr</a><br /><br /><strong>Register for day 2</strong>: <a href="http://forms.interact-eu.net/4th-working-meeting-eusbsr-11april">http://forms.interact-eu.net/4th<wbr />-working-meeting-eusbsr-11april</a><br /><br /> Registrations are open until 4 April 2013.<br /><br /> Below there are links to attached preliminary agendas and draft discussion papers:<br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/694015/NX0vdZHB6TDdIuh5s0xX/Invitation+4th+working+meeting.docx">Invitation</a><br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/693906/2Vwqfo8rCLBFpxXOyrHZ/Preliminary+Agenda_10042013.pdf">Agenda 10 April</a><br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/693907/l3W1C8P5wHVOsveaLbUl/Preliminary_Agenda_11042013.pdf">Agenda 11 April</a><br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/693908/0rsQmUsvLrxqMPjvnhbD/workshop+smart+specialisation.docx">Discussion paper: Smart specialisation</a><br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/693909/dM1WaKvaotqcQGQlW_Th/Workshop+environment.docx">Discussion paper: Environment</a><br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/693910/03lWHxkGISf7Uwq48fpz/workshop+transport.docx">Discussion paper: Transport</a></span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/414780 2013-03-14T07:54:13+00:00 2013-03-14T07:54:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/409197?alt=rss Priority Area Secure discusses the common approach towards macro-regional risk from an all-hazard based perspective <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';">The event 'Impact of Macroregional Cooperation in the EU: What Leadership in Civil Protection Can Do?', organised by the EUSBSR Priority Area Secure, took place on 21 February in Brussels, Belgium. The region macro-region is ready to launch a process of developing a common approach toward macroregional risk, from an all-hazard based perspective. The press statement is available <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/681728/HaAwn6PkGmSbyGIaUvmU/IMPACT_of_Macroregional_Cooperation-EUSBSR_PA_SECURE.pdf">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/409197 2013-03-01T15:58:51+00:00 2013-03-01T15:58:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/409190?alt=rss The EUSBSR newsletter March 2013 issue is now available <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The EUSBSR newsletter March 2013 issue is out. </span></span><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The content includes,</span></span><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"> among other articles,</span><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;"> the reviewed EUSBSR Action Plan, the joint meeting on Partnership Agreements and EUSBSR and two success stories from Priority Area on Marititme Safety and Security. This publication is available for download on the section 'Communication', on the left hand side.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/409190 2013-03-01T15:34:28+00:00 2013-03-01T15:34:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/409058?alt=rss Germany opened a call for R & D activities in the region <div class="ugc"><p>The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany under the Federal Government's Strategy for the Internationalization of Science and Research of Regulations governing the funding of an ideas competition to establish and develop innovative R&D networks with partners in the Baltic Sea regio.<br /><br /> The call was opened 26 February and will close on 30 April 2013. More information is available behind <a href="http://www.internationales-buero.de/en/6185.php">this link</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/409058 2013-03-01T08:35:04+00:00 2013-03-01T08:35:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/408090?alt=rss Polish - Finnish article on the cooperation in the region <div class="ugc"><p>"Regional co-operation around the Baltic has helped spur trade growth, but more co-operation is needed, especially with Russia, if the region is to avoid the sea from becoming over-fished and polluted, argue two foreign ministers.</p> <p>Erkki Tuomioja is the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Radosław Sikorski Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs.<br /><br /> Read the article on EurActiv.com by clicking <a href="http://www.euractiv.com/global-europe/lets-cooperate-russia-baltic-tur-analysis-517994">here</a>:<em><br /></em></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/408090 2013-02-27T10:17:34+00:00 2013-02-27T10:17:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/408029?alt=rss newsWave web launched <div class="ugc"><p>A new regional news website in the Baltic Sea Region has opened: The <em><em>newsWave</em></em>. was launched by the Danish Minister for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen. <a href="http://newswave.eu/">newsWave</a> is a part of the EU-financed ONE BSR project where Baltic Development Forum is acting as the editor-in-chief of the website with the ambition to reach all the way out to the citizens in the Baltic Sea Region. <br /><br /> The goals for the web is to enhance a we-feeling, a common identity in the Region. <br /><br /> One BSR and newsWave are both part of the Horizontal Action in the revised Action Plan called <em>Promo</em> - Boosting joint promotion and regional identity actions.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/408029 2013-02-27T05:23:00+00:00 2013-02-27T05:23:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/405532?alt=rss The updated Action Plan is now available <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:'Trebuchet MS';"><span style="font-size:1em;">The reviewed Action Plan of the EUSBSR marks the end of the process launched on 26 June 2012 after the Council Conclusions on the revision of this document. The updated Action Plan offers a good basis for further cooperation with a view to reaching the objectives assigned to the Strategy. The file is available under the section Documentation, on the left column.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/405532 2013-02-22T17:04:09+00:00 2013-02-22T17:04:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/401182?alt=rss The revised Action Plan will be finalised by 22 February 2013 <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The revision of the new action plan for EUSBSR is almost ready. The High Level Group discussed the action plan in their meeting on 30 January 2013 and the final adjustments to the action plan was agreed to be made by 22 February 2013. After that date the Commission staff working document "EUSBSR Action Plan", will be published also on this website. </span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/401182 2013-02-14T08:11:02+00:00 2013-02-14T08:11:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/397012?alt=rss New Report on sulphur regulation in the Baltic Sea Region <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">North East Cargo Link II NECL II –project has produced a study on how the future sulphur directive on the Baltic Sea will affect the Midnordic region for Sweden, Finland and Norway. <br /><br /> The study is based on known facts but also on analyses and estimates from academy, industry and authorities. The report covers three perspectives, Maritime, Industry and Logistics. <br /><br /> The consequences, threats, and opportunities are elaborated with the time scenarios 2020 and 2030, but starting in the current situation 2012 and what most likely will happen in 2015.<br /><br /> More information behind </span></span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="http://www.midnordictc.net/newsevents/newsarchive/sulphurregulationinbalticsearegionscenariosforthemidnordicregionthreatsandopportunities.5.70fb444213b40b3a7d39224.html">this link</a>.</span></span><strong><br /></strong></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/397012 2013-02-06T11:00:55+00:00 2013-02-06T11:00:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/388146?alt=rss 4th Working Meeting on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will be held on 10-11 April 2013 in Helsinki, Finland <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONE<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Following the initiative started in 2010, INTERACT Point Turku, in close cooperation with Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, is announcing the 4th Working Meeting on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">This year the Meeting will be aiming at inviting key stakeholders of the EUSBSR and Member State representatives responsible for national strategic planning for Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, to exchange on common benefits of cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Discussions will be organised around five priorities focusing on specific issues relevant for all Member States of the macro-region, namely: environment, transport, energy, innovation and research, and education. Workshops held during the meeting will address specific questions on cooperation modes and mutual benefits within the common priorities. Participants will be encouraged to exchange their views on embedding of the EUSBSR in the future programmes and funds and opportunities offered by the macro-regional strategy.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Partnership Agreement coordinators, representatives in charge of preparing future European Structural and Investment Funds operational programmes, Managing Authorities, members of the programming committees, National Contact Points, Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Leaders of the EUSBSR as well as other interested stakeholders are kindly invited to the meeting.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/388146 2013-01-21T12:31:47+00:00 2013-01-21T12:31:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/385658?alt=rss Enourmous interest for the Bonus call on viable ecosystem <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:Tahoma, sans-serif;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.bonusportal.org/">BONUS</a> received in total 96 preregistrations with 782 partners representing all BONUS participating states, Russia and seven other countries.<br /><br /> The BONUS call 2012 was launched on 12 November 2012 and the deadline for submitting the preregistrations for the viable ecosystem part of the call was closed on 14 January 2013.<br /><br /></span><span style="font-family:Tahoma, sans-serif;color:#333333;font-size:12px;">Biggest number of partners is from Sweden – 199 but other BONUS states are well represented: Germany 128, Finland 123, Denmark 93, Poland 67, Estonia 53, Latvia 44 and Lithuania 29. There are 24 Russian partners in 19 proposals and a total of 22 partners from other EU countries in 14 of the preregistered proposals.<br /><br /> The final proposals on the viable ecosystem part of the BONUS call 2012 are due in <strong>latest by 14 February at 17.00 CET</strong>. </span><span style="font-family:Tahoma, sans-serif;color:#333333;font-size:12px;">The outcome of the evaluation of the final proposals will be announced by BONUS in </span><strong><span style="font-family:Tahoma, sans-serif;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-size:12px;">May 2013.</span></strong></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/385658 2013-01-16T14:29:56+00:00 2013-01-16T14:29:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/385118?alt=rss Swedish Institute calls for applications for thematic networks <div class="ugc"><p><font color="#000000">The Swedish Institute (SI) annually proclaims the availability of project funding for Thematic Partnerships in the Baltic Sea region. The projects are to be action-oriented and support cooperation between different sectors and participants.<br /><br /> Themes that can get funding this year are: </font>1) an ecologically sustainable region; 2) sustainable growth for increased prosperity, 3) regional challenges.</p> <p><font color="#000000">The goal is for the thematic partnerships to stimulate the creation of new, broad networks as well as increased cooperation in the region. <br /><br /> The projects should run no longer than three years and can be granted a maximum of SEK 3,000,000. <br /></font><br /> Swedish stakeholders will be able to apply for funding in order to initiate cooperation with stakeholders in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, as well as with Georgia and Moldova.</p> <p><font color="#000000">Final date to send in the application is 1 April 2013. You will find information about the thematic networks in English if you click <a href="http://www.si.se/English/Navigation/Baltic-Sea-Cooperation/Call-for-applications/thematicpartnership/">on this link</a>.<br /></font></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/385118 2013-01-15T14:08:08+00:00 2013-01-15T14:08:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/382994?alt=rss Charlina Vitcheva: "Macro regions means benefits for everyone" <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p><img src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/632466/_HkmJylWkiOoNi4Hw9sV/vitcheva.jpg?view&size=mw" border="0" class="imgnone" alt="" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">This statement was given today by Ms. Charlina Vitcheva, Director for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission in a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Vitcheva said that everyone should use the possibility to change of the mind set. When EUSBSR was initiated there were no possibilities to adopt ERDF and other funding, today the situation is totally different.<br /><br /> - When we now are looking at the programming for the next period, it is everyone’s duty to plan common actions so it benefits not only the own nation but the whole Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Region has shown the path way up to now. I do hope the actors in this region can show how we also develop the programming actions jointly as a successful example also for other regions.<br /><br /> Ms. Vitcheva opening speech was held today in a joint meeting for leading officials on the partnership agreements between all member states in the EUSBSR area.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/382994 2013-01-11T10:18:12+00:00 2013-01-11T10:18:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/382987?alt=rss Lithuania will host the Annual Forum 2013 <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Vilnius and Lithuania will host the EUSBSR Annual Forum this autumn. The dates set are 12-13 November 2013. <br /><br /> The National Contact Point Ms. Asta Radikaite says that the planning has begun. More information will be available within the next few weeks.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/382987 2013-01-11T09:41:23+00:00 2013-01-11T09:41:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/382976?alt=rss The review of Action plan is soon finalised <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Commission has presented a new version of the action plan. The last version was sent out to the Member States earlier this week. The National Contact Points for EUSBSR is right now in a meeting in Stockholm in order to agree to the final adjustments. <br /><br /> The work have to be finalised during the next few days as it is planned to present  the new revised action plan in the High Level Group in their meeting on 30 January 2013 in Brussels.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/382976 2013-01-11T08:49:48+00:00 2013-01-11T08:49:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/382028?alt=rss The Council Conclusions of 13-14 December 2012 call for the prompt implementation of the revised EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Council Conclusions of 13-14 December 2012 -point 26- call for the prompt implementation of the revised EUSBSR. In order to enhance co-operation with the neighbouring countries, the European Council encourages the Council to take further action to make full use of the Northern Dimension and its partnerships. Please find the document </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/629960/K2wu6Dg9S4AIS0Q8VMXk/COMM_NATIVE_SI_2012_607_WORK_OF_COUNCIL_EN_V1_P2_716871%5B1%5D.DOC.doc"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">here</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/382028 2013-01-08T13:50:20+00:00 2013-01-08T13:50:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/381717?alt=rss Tourism cooperation in the Baltic Sea region seeks to strengthen the commitment of related sectors for the next programming period <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The 5th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum “Tourism Cooperation in the EU Programme Period 2014 - 2020”, convened in Rostock, Germany on 14-15 November 2012. The discussions turned around the economic relevance of the tourism sector, the role of tourism cooperation and the preparation of the EU Operational Programmes for the period 2014 - 2020. The declaration adopted by the 5th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum is available <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/628980/tKBRqhy5Ajb013jPTTWh/declaration_5th_baltic_sea_tourism_forum.pdf">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/381717 2013-01-07T13:03:26+00:00 2013-01-07T13:03:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/380535?alt=rss Available the updated document on EUSBSR roles and responsibilities and a flagship project concept <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The set of roles and responsibilities of the EUSBSR implementing stakeholders is presented in a document which also includes the definition of EUSBSR flagship project. The document is available for download <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/628857/RhAnpv6hMhb04mvuoLES/EUSBSR+roles+and+responsibilities.pdf">here</a> and on the right hand side under the section Documentation.<br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/380535 2013-01-03T15:26:41+00:00 2013-01-03T15:26:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/363099?alt=rss More is better in Nordic - Baltic cooperation <div class="ugc"><p>There could be a common intellectual property licensing environment, a shared agenda to boost research cooperation, a strategy on human development and a brand new branch of tourism – occupational tourism. <br /><br /> These are just a few of the visions expressed by Baltic and Nordic experts in a newly published book titled ‘More is better: Nordic-Baltic cooperation 1991-2031’. The book is free of charge.<br /><br /> More information <a href="http://www.norden.org/en/news-and-events/news/more-is-better-visions-of-future-nordic-baltic-cooperation">behind this link</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/363099 2012-11-23T13:05:26+00:00 2012-11-23T13:05:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/361548?alt=rss Priority Areas Climate change and Energy discuss jointly some recommendations for the EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Priority Area Climate change and Priority Area Energy joined forces in a meeting which took place in Copenhagen on 10 October 2012. The event aimed at discussing and developing a number of recommendations for the EUSBSR, among other things. </span></span><a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/item/322821"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">More information</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/361548 2012-11-20T09:42:07+00:00 2012-11-20T09:42:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/360189?alt=rss EUSBSR Newsletter - November 2012 <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The EUSBSR newsletter November 2012 issue is out. Considering the large amount of topics addressed, the publication is 12 page long for the first time. The content includes the review process of the EUSBSR Action Plan, the seed money facility and a Priority Area Major Emergencies success story among other articles. <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/newsletters">Read</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/360189 2012-11-19T10:17:35+00:00 2012-11-19T10:17:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/360133?alt=rss Follow-up 'Storytelling workshop for the EUSBSR' <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The first 'Storytelling workshop for the EUSBSR' took place on 30-31 October in Tallinn, Estonia. Presentations, pictures, videos and a report from the event can be found at the EUSBSR website under this </span></span><a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/item/323193"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">link</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/360133 2012-11-19T07:29:00+00:00 2012-11-19T07:29:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/358177?alt=rss Committee of Regions (CoR) supports the development of EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p>The CoR has discussed and formed its opinion about the future of EUSBSR. In a plenary session in October 2012, CoR stated e.g. that EUSBSR offers a sound basis for testing how a macro-region can strengthen competitiveness and support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.<br /><br /> CoR also the importance of cooperation with Russia even if the EUSBSR is a EU Strategy, and is pointing out that the Northern Dimension framework is one arena that should be used in the future work.<br /><br /> CoR is also asking for a clear commitment from the political leaders in the Member States and that both processes and results must be communicated in a proper way.<br /><br /> The complete opinion can be read by <a href="http://coropinions.cor.europa.eu/CORopinions.aspx">clicking here</a> and entering opionion number 1272, year 2012<br /><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br /></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/358177 2012-11-16T12:56:04+00:00 2012-11-16T12:56:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/355743?alt=rss Cooperation in the spirit of EUSBSR needs input from Russia <div class="ugc"><p>- Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region makes no sense without Russia. It is important that we reach out to Russia and the Nordic Council of Ministers can help facilitate this through our networks. <br /><br /> This statement was announced by Halldór Ásgrímsson, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministersin a seminar on the future implementation of the EUSBSR in Brussels earlier this week.<br /><br /> The seminar was organized by the NCM in cooperation with the Informal Baltic Sea Group and the EU General Directorate for Regional Policy as part of the ongoing exploration of synergies between Nordic and EU cooperation.<br /><br /> More information behind <a href="http://www.norden.org/en/news-and-events/news/baltic-sea-cooperation-requires-russian-partnerships">this link</a>.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/355743 2012-11-14T06:51:56+00:00 2012-11-14T06:51:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/355086?alt=rss New call for proposals launched by BONUS <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">A competitive call for proposals targeted to research in support of the management of a viable Baltic Sea ecosystem, up to a total of EUR 31 million, and to innovative technological solutions, up to a total of EUR 7 million, is announced today by BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme. <a href="http://www.bonusportal.org/news_room/38_million_support_for_top_research_to_protect_the_baltic_sea.823.news#.UKIDqXZ4xwY.twitter">More information</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/355086 2012-11-13T08:32:36+00:00 2012-11-13T08:32:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/350531?alt=rss The tasks and roles are confirmed within EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p>The division of task and roles between the stakeholders in the EUSBSR are defined and will be a cornerstone in the revised Action plan. The roles are now clearly defined and incorporated in the suggested new action plan as part of the governance of the Strategy. <br /><br /> This approach has back up for the Member states since the General Affairs Council approved the tasks and roles already in late June 2012. A complete set of Tasks and Roles are now available on the EUSBSR homepage under the section documentation.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/350531 2012-11-05T07:54:56+00:00 2012-11-05T07:54:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/344020?alt=rss Schedule for the revision of the Action plan for EUSBSR. <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p>The revision of the Action plan for the EUSBSR is now reaching a final stage. The second version of the revised plan will be sent out for comments on 26 October, and the last comments need to be sent in by 13 November 2012. After that there will be time for internal discussions within the Commission until 5 December.  <br /><br /> The final version shall be ready on 12 December that will be approved by the High level group either in a meeting 18 December 2012 or immediately at the beginning of next year.<br /><br /> These dates were confirmed in the meeting between National Contact Points and the Commission on 17 October 2012</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/344020 2012-10-24T07:55:52+00:00 2012-10-24T07:55:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/331429?alt=rss Swedish activities regarding EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Swedish EUSBSR network meets next time 15 October 2012 in order to discuss and report on achievements, but also to learn about Polish priorities and commitments to the Balic Sea Issues and to learn more about the development within the Danube Strategy. </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/518482/_7H4Ios86w59OwAg6nUf/Agenda+%C3%96stersj%C3%B6n%C3%A4tverket+20121015-1.pdf"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Agenda Östersjönätverket 20121015-1.pdf</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"><br /><br /> In mid November there will be a </span></span><a href="http://www.tillvaxtverket.se/huvudmeny/press/evenemang/evenemangtillvaxtverket/mellansverigeieuresultatochframtid.5.3c075973137a2e9d3a8581.html"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">national conference</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"> on experiences from the structural funds and discussions about priorities for the future period. Two of the workshops during that day is dealing with the implementation of the EUSBSR.<br /><br /> More information on these events can be reach from the organisers Björne Hegefeldt and Maria Evertsson at The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket).</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/331429 2012-10-05T07:45:55+00:00 2012-10-05T07:45:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/327934?alt=rss The Baltic Innovation Fund will invest 100 million euro to benefit SMEs <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The European Investment Fund (EIF) has launched an initiative to boost equity investments made into Baltic SMEs aiming at boosting growth. The investment capital does not involve any Structural Funds but the national agencies which are using reflows from previous Structural Fund activities.<br /></span></span><a href="http://www.eif.org/what_we_do/equity/news/2012/baltic_innovation_fund.htm"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Press release</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"><br /></span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/512000/rS69pYEYY7eYAQh62Wes/BIF+Presentation+and+background.ppt"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Presentation</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/327934 2012-09-28T15:54:56+00:00 2012-09-28T15:54:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/327867?alt=rss Newsletter about Innovation in the Region <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The innovation programme BSR Stars frequently sends out newsletters about innovation cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The goal of BSR Stars is to create world-leading  innovation hubs in the region by linking strong research and innovation environments. <br /><br /> In this edition of the </span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><a href="http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9fa059a99496ee88185724eea&id=5c815c8602&e=8c9382fb67">newsletter</a></span></span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">, you e.g. can read about the establishment of a material library in Sweden, that can serve as a hub for materials produced in the whole BSR  and northern Europe.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/327867 2012-09-28T11:26:06+00:00 2012-09-28T11:26:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/327818?alt=rss Smart cooperation between Science and Industries in the Baltic Sea region <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The main conclusions drawn from the conference 'Smart cooperation between Science and Industries in the Baltic Sea region', which took place in Krakow, highlight the need to strengthen cooperation, networking and connectivity of universities, research infrastructures and comercial users. All these factors are preconditions for competitiveness of the region. The future period will bring many possibilities for aligning funding from different programmes for implementing innovation projects. Taking into account that the programming process has started strategic priorities shall be set by the Member States. All actors involved should take an active role in the process. See <a href="http://twitter.com/EUSBSR/status/251585137085648896/photo/1/large">photo</a>.<br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/327818 2012-09-28T07:29:19+00:00 2012-09-28T07:29:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/326889?alt=rss Dagfinn Høybråten new Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Nordic Ministers for Co-operation have decided that Dagfinn Høybråten from Norway will be the new Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers from March 2013. <br /><br /> NCM has been and is an active partner in organising events and developing ideas on how to implement the EUSBSR. The present Secretary General for NCM secretariat in Copenhagen is Mr. Halldór Ásgrímsson from Iceland.<br /><br /> More information on </span></span><a href="http://www.norden.org/en/news-and-events/news/dagfinn-hoeybraaten-new-secretary-general-of-the-nordic-council-of-ministers"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Mr. Høybråten</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/326889 2012-09-25T15:11:36+00:00 2012-09-25T15:11:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/326771?alt=rss Danish Media following EUSBSR work on Sea Safety <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The EUSBSR Flagship Project under Priority Area 14, BRISK which is co-financed by the BSR Programme, made headlines in both leading newspapers and TV news programs in Denmark during the last days (stories in Danish). <br /><br /> At the centre of the debate was the project's finding that Danish catastrophe response capacity, in case of, for instance, oil spills in the Baltic Sea, is seriously lacking and among the worst in the Region. In response, the defense minister Nick Hækkerup has promised that this topic gets top-priority in discussions on the future Danish defense.<br /><br /></span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">There are many stories available. Here are examples of a few:  </span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="http://politiken.dk/indland/ECE1759457/danmark-er-saarbar---stor-risiko-for-alvorlige-olieulykker/"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Politiken</span></span></a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">, <a href="http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2012/09/23/0923062526.htm">Danish Radio DR/Ritsau</a>, <a href="http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/article.php/id-57157641:stor-risiko-for-olieulykker-i-dk.html?forside">TV2</a>.</span></span><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br /><br /></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><em>Brisk is Flagship project 14.2 focusing on Sub-regional Risk of Spill of Oil and Hazardous Substances in the Baltic Sea. Mapping existing marine pollution response capacities and making sub-regional plans for cross-border response cooperation, based on assessment of the integrated risk of shipping accidents.</em></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/326771 2012-09-25T06:16:53+00:00 2012-09-25T06:16:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/326767?alt=rss Follow the ships and vessels on the Baltic Sea an all over the world <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Danish Daily <strong>Politiken</strong> has highlighted the work done within the EUSBSR in several articles during the weekend. One additional service that has been shown is the Automatic Identification System (AIS) showing all ships and vessels. If you like to have a look on the situation right now, click on </span></span><a href="http://politiken.dk/indland/940px/ECE1753200/foelg-skibstrafikken-live/"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">this link</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/326767 2012-09-25T05:40:29+00:00 2012-09-25T05:40:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/324642?alt=rss Out now the conference report from the Third Annual Forum of the EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The conference report from the Third Annual Forum of the EUSBSR is now available. The event was organised jointly with the Baltic Development Forum in June 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Access the document <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/502618/65Ci7ob_pMclpNl3JBXL/BDF_ConferenceReport2012.pdf">here</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/324642 2012-09-18T15:28:05+00:00 2012-09-18T15:28:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/324568?alt=rss Sergei Lavrov: Russia believes in joint efforts and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Russian Foreign Minister is looking forward to joining forces with international partner organisations in order to stimulate cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. In an interview in the Amber Bridge Magazine Minister Lavrov is analysing the developments that have taken place during the last two decades. At the same time, he is also pointing out main focuses for Russia's Precidency in the Council for Baltic Sea States organisation.<br /><br /> One of the main tasks according to Mr. Lavrov is: "to create a large-scale innovation fund for direct investments through PPP in order to strengthen of regional economies and to resolve infrastructure problems in Russia".<br /><br /> Regarding the EUSBSR, Mr. Lavrov underlines that Russia continues to hold consultations with EU to promote the interaction in the region. The whole interview can be read if clicking </span></span><a href="http://www.amberbridge.org/userfiles/file/amberjournal/issue7/eng/6_page.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">on this link</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/324568 2012-09-18T10:47:23+00:00 2012-09-18T10:47:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/323474?alt=rss Seed Money for EUSBSR operational in 2013 <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);">Investitions Bank Schleswig Holstein (IB)  has been appointed to manage the "EUSBSR seed money facility". The total budget of this facility will be around 1.1 M€. An agreement with IB will be signed before the end of this year. <br /></span></span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);"><br /> The general idea is that the facility will support projects which total budget is between 30 000 and 50 000€. At least three partners from three different EU Baltic Sea Region countries will have to be involved (in addition, neighbouring countries can also be part of a project provided of course that their participation contributes to the objectives of the Strategy). A coordinating partner from an EU Member State will have to be appointed. It can be a national, regional or local authority as well as a body governed by public law. <br /></span></span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);"><br /> The eligible costs will be related to staff, travel, meetings and external experts. The administrative process will be as simple as possible. There will be a continuous submission and assessment of applications, and decisions will be taken four times a year in a written procedure. <br /></span></span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);"><br /> A kick-off event is planned for early 2013, but detailed information about the whole process will be available before the end of this year.</span></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/323474 2012-09-14T11:56:57+00:00 2012-09-14T11:56:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/319959?alt=rss The EUSBSR newsletter September 2012 issue is out <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">A new issue of the EUSBSR newsletter has been released. The content of the September 2012 issue includes the Third Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, a Priority Area 12 sucess story, an interview with the coordinator for Priority Area 12 Tourism and an article on the final report on EUSBSR communication needs. The publication is available for download on the left column under the section Communication.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/319959 2012-08-31T09:57:35+00:00 2012-08-31T09:57:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/316970?alt=rss The latest BSSSC newsletter is out <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The BSSSC newsletter 2/2012 has been just released. The topics of this issue comprise the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, the political scene in the Baltic Sea region and the EUSBSR communication activities among others. Read the full newsletter </span></span><a href="http://www.bsssc.com/upload/dokumenty/f_247.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">here</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/316970 2012-08-16T10:23:57+00:00 2012-08-16T10:23:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/316556?alt=rss BSSSC Annual Conference and Baltic Sea Programme Conference: time to register <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Registration for the <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/item/296277">BSSSC Annual Conference</a> (17-19 September) and <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/item/278793">Baltic Sea Programme Conference</a> (19-20 September) will be open until 30 August 2012. The events will take place in Lillestrom, Norway.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/316556 2012-08-14T08:53:28+00:00 2012-08-14T08:53:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/316555?alt=rss South Baltic Programme: 9th call is open <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The South Baltic Programme has just announced the ninth call for proposals. Project ideas can be submitted until 28 September 2012. Learn more about this by visiting the South Baltic Programme website </span></span><a href="http://en.southbaltic.eu/news/?lang_id=2&id_news=969"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">here</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/316555 2012-08-14T08:39:41+00:00 2012-08-14T08:39:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/315265?alt=rss Photo competition: Capture the Baltic Sea on your Camera <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The South Baltic Programme is calling for attention for a photo competition. In order to participate, all you need to do is to take and upload a photo of the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea Region or any other object related to the Baltic Sea. There is more information available on their </span></span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SouthBaltic">Facebook page</a></span></span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/315265 2012-08-06T08:16:04+00:00 2012-08-06T08:16:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/315233?alt=rss Final report on EUSBSR communication needs <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The Latvian based company DEA Baltika, successful tenderer of the public procurement on EUSBSR communication needs, has delivered the final report. The document highlights positive and negative aspects of the communication carried out so far. In the positive side, the website, the visual identity and the flagship projects have been warmly welcome by stakeholders. In the negative side, more resources for communication are needed as well as clear guidelines for roles and responsibilities within the Strategy. The final report is available </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/465996/Wvsm9eQiSri2EPaNJInI/Final+Report+EUSBSR+Communication+needs+.pdf"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">here</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/315233 2012-08-06T07:22:06+00:00 2012-08-06T07:22:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/314684?alt=rss First draft of the Action Plan open for comments <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The first draft proposal of the updated Action Plan from the European Commission is available <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/464028/pNVWYBUBVgjYAdwBmXIW/Action+Plan%2C+July+draft+to+NCP%2CPAC%2CHAL.doc">here</a>. Please send all comments and proposals to this first draft with tracked changes before 21 September 2012 to the email address:</span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></span></span><a href="mailto:REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.</span></span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">europa.eu</span></span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";font-size:1em;">. There will be a second, shorter round of consultations with you (hopefully late autumn) before the document goes into inter-service consultation in the Commission.</span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/314684 2012-08-02T12:05:44+00:00 2012-08-02T12:05:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/309082?alt=rss Roles and indicators are approved <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;">The set of indicators and targets for the EUSBSR is now approved by the General Affairs Council. The Council also approved the list of tasks and roles for the main stakeholders in the implementation of the Strategy. <br /><br /> The main objectives are from now on: SAVE THE SEA, CONNECT THE REGION and INCREASE PROSPERITY.<br /><br /> The complete set of the conclusions and the list of indicators and roles are to be found </span><a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/genaff/131228.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;">here</span></a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/309082 2012-07-02T06:37:46+00:00 2012-07-02T06:37:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306782?alt=rss EUSBSR Action Plan: have your say! <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The European Commission urges all stakeholders with views on the Action Plan to send their comments. Your ideas on focus, on efficiency and on added value would be particularly welcome. For written comments please send them to </span><a href="mailto:REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu">REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.<wbr />europa.eu</a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">. This stakeholder consultation on the new Action Plan will remain open until the end of July.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Please read more information about this call for comments</span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"> </span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/464028/pNVWYBUBVgjYAdwBmXIW/Action+Plan%2C+July+draft+to+NCP%2CPAC%2CHAL.doc"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">here</span></a><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">.</span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306782 2012-06-20T09:39:36+00:00 2012-06-20T09:39:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306767?alt=rss BSR Programme approved 3 new projects <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Baltic Sea Region programme has given green light for three more projects. The projects involve 45 project partners and will receive 4.3 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). <br /><br /> The projects implement two horizontal actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region's Action Plan: "Strengthening multi-level governance, place based spatial planning and sustainable development" and "Build a regional identity".<br /><br /> More information on </span></span><a href="http://eu.baltic.net/Three_new_projects_approved_by_the_Monitoring_Committee.22354.html"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">BSR homepage</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306767 2012-06-20T06:09:32+00:00 2012-06-20T06:09:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306641?alt=rss The revision of the action plan gives new opportunities <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Polish National Contact Point Ms. Henryka Moṡcicka-Dendys, says that the revision process should allow for a bottom-up approach.<br /><br /> -We expect the new action plan to be a more proactive plan, to steer the development of the future implementation. We like also to support new ideas. We are in e.g. in favour of supporting the ideas to bring culture and public health into the Strategy-.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306641 2012-06-19T14:38:58+00:00 2012-06-19T14:38:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306595?alt=rss We must take care of the sea <div class="ugc"><p><!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]--></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">"The Baltic is still the most polluted sea in the world. We must focus on the Baltic Sea in itself, we have to clean the sea, the pollution is also a threat to the economy, leisure and tourism". This was the most important message from Ms. <!-- [if gte mso 9]>Normal021falsefalsefalseFIX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4<![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 9]><![endif]--><!-- [if gte mso 10]><![endif]-->Hannele Luukkainen, BSSSC Board Member and member of the panel when the revision of the action plan was debated in the Annual Forum in Copenhagen.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306595 2012-06-19T11:54:04+00:00 2012-06-19T11:54:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306584?alt=rss The financial framework in the Annual Forum <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">During the last day of the third Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, the workshop about the financial framework addressed the main aspects to be taken into account for the next programming period.<br /> All the relevant stakeholders should have a say and formally meet in order to discuss the different priorities and make sure everybody is involved so as to strengthen the efficiency of the EUSBSR.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306584 2012-06-19T10:49:47+00:00 2012-06-19T10:49:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306564?alt=rss Focus on results in EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">"We need to promote growth and jobs and align the EUSBSR to the goal of Europe 2020. We also need to see that Member States and regions are showing a committment and involvemnet in the strategy." This was the clear message from the Director-General for Regional Policy, Walter Deffaa, when he analysed the revision of the actionplan for the EUSBSR in Annual Forum in Copenhagen.<br /><br /> He also asked all actors to have clear targets for all actions and told that all Member States in the regions must show their willingness to support the strategy in the partnership agreements that will be signed regarding the future period 2014-2020. Mr. Deffaa also underlined that the Commission is really happy to have been able to suggest a major increase of the ETC budget for the next period (+30 %) and hoped this will also help to implement the actions and support the development of the strategy.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306564 2012-06-19T08:43:20+00:00 2012-06-19T08:43:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306338?alt=rss The Baltic Region should be better connected <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">This was the message from the Commissioner for Transport  in the European Commission, Mr. Siim Kallas. In order to improve the connections Mr. Kallas is asking for a stronger public - private support, and he also invited all to create a mutual push to use more EU funds in order to implement transport projects in the future. Mr. Kallas underlined that it is important to continue the work within the trans-European transport network TEN-T.<br /><br /> Among the visioneers, Vice Mayor Kritsin Vinje from Oslo suggested a joint effort in the Nordic Countries to agree and to work together to get from Oslo to Copenhagen traveling in a train within 2,5 hours by the year of 2025.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306338 2012-06-18T13:07:25+00:00 2012-06-18T13:07:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/306325?alt=rss 3rd Annual Forum opened in Copenhagen <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">Several hundreds are participating in the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in Copenhagen 17-19 June 2012. The official opening was made by H. R. H Prince Frederik of Denmark. During the morning session, the strategy was also in focus in the speeches of e.g. The Danish Prime Minister Helle Thornvig-Schmidt and the Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The theme for this year Annual Forum is Connecting Europe - Smart and Green Partnerships. More information on the <a href="http://www.bsr2012.eu/2012/06/18/seizing-the-potential-in-the-baltic-sea-region/">event website</a><br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/306325 2012-06-18T11:33:10+00:00 2012-06-18T11:33:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/305853?alt=rss Priority Area 3 website has just been updated <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The individual website for PA3 To reduce the use and impact of hazardous substances has now been updated. <br /> Here you can find documentation from the Workshop held in Warsaw, 10th of May 2012, presenting results from ongoing flagships and future priorities and needs.<br /> Minutes and documentation on the Fourth Steering Group meeting, held in Warsaw, 11th of May 2012, are also available on the website. The meeting focused on targets and indicators, aiming at finding new strategic actions within the strategy. The steering group agreed, amongst other things, that future strategic actions will be capacity building and extended macro regional research.<br /> Access the Priority Area websites by clicking on the tab 'Priorities and Actions'.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/305853 2012-06-15T12:47:52+00:00 2012-06-15T12:47:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/305577?alt=rss EUSBSR Visual Identity Manual available for stakeholders <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">A visual identity manual has been produced for EUSBSR stakeholders. A special section on the requirements on the use of the EUSBSR visual identity has also been included. The document is available under the section 'Visual Identity' displayed on the left column.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/305577 2012-06-14T13:54:32+00:00 2012-06-14T13:54:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/300560?alt=rss First edition of the BTJ Think Tank, focused on the EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The first edition of the BTJ Think Tank is now online. The publication has been prepared by the Baltic Transport Journal editorial team with the intention to initiate discussion on strategic issues and challenges for transport and energy sectors within the Baltic Sea region. The topic of the first issue of the BTJ Think Tank is the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), Download it </span></span><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/414922/hWWGwz7za9aBnEavVBiz/think_tank_final.pdf"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">here</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/300560 2012-05-28T11:09:29+00:00 2012-05-28T11:09:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/300443?alt=rss EUSBSR Action Plan: have your say! <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The European Commission urges all stakeholders with views on the Action Plan to send their comments. Your ideas on focus, on efficiency and on added value would be particularly welcome. For written comments please send them to <a href="mailto:REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu">REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.<wbr />europa.eu</a>. This stakeholder consultation on the new Action Plan will remain open until the end of July.<br /><br /> Please read more information about this call for comments <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/414828/LqqZbEEupAZSMVFtnqo4/EUSBSR+have+your+say.pdf">here</a>.<br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/300443 2012-05-28T08:37:28+00:00 2012-05-28T08:37:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/295390?alt=rss NDPHS urges for more health on the regional agenda <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The 8th ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference of the NDPHS (Northern Dimension Public Health and Social Well-Being) has adopted the position paper “Post-2013 European Programmes: Raising the Profile of Health and Social Well-being”. The paper calls for a visible exposure of social well-being and health in the cooperation programmes’ priorities. Read more information about this <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/402708/IHm5OdTAViRyeAj7SbNj/NDPHS_article.pdf">here</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/295390 2012-05-14T15:11:20+00:00 2012-05-14T15:11:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/295270?alt=rss EUSBSR Newsletter May 2012 is now online <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The new EUSBSR newsletter is layouted for the first time and available in pdf format. The content of the May issue comprises among other things the European Commission's Communication and a Priority Area 2 successful story. Please click on the cover page image on the left column under the section 'Communication' in order to download the publication. Should you want to contribute to the next issue/s please contact </span></span><a href="mailto:ip.turku@interact-eu.net"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">ip.turku@interact-eu.net</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/295270 2012-05-14T11:45:24+00:00 2012-05-14T11:45:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/295241?alt=rss New graphic elements for the EUSBSR including a set of maps, a letter template and the logo translated <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Some new graphic material has been recently developed and put at users' disposal under the section '</span></span><a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/visual-identity"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Visual Identity</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">'. The latest items comprise six maps, a letter template and the EUSBSR logo translated in ten different languages. All these outputs can be downloaded and used when it comes to carry out a EUSBSR-related activity. A visual identity manual is being currently created and will be available in June 2012.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/295241 2012-05-14T10:20:34+00:00 2012-05-14T10:20:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/295157?alt=rss Opportunities for companies <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Baltic Business Arena will be arranged as part of the 14th Baltic Development Forum in Copenhagen on </span></span><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">18-19 </span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">June. In Baltic Business Arena companies are invited to participate in a matchmaking activity, with opportunities to book face-to-face meetings with other companies and business organizations. <br /> "We arranged a Baltic Business Arena last year in Stockholm, with quite good results", says Carina Lahall at Enterprise Europe Network in Örebro, Sweden, who is organizing the event in close cooperation with a number of partners in other Baltic Sea Region countries.<br /> Baltic Business Arena is focusing on the following business sectors: clean-tech, renewable energy, sustainable construction, life science, information and communication technologies (ICT).<br /> Read more and register on: <a href="http://www.b2match.eu/balticbusiness2012">www.b2match.eu/balticbusiness201<wbr />2</a><br /> Interested companies are invited to contact the partners mentioned on the website in order to benefit for a grant which covers certain travels costs.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/295157 2012-05-14T03:56:38+00:00 2012-05-14T03:56:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/293247?alt=rss EUSBSR Communication survey <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">In the framework of the assessment of the communication needs of the Strategy, the consultancy firm DEA Baltika has prepared a questionnaire to be filled in by stakeholders. The results of this survey will provide some information on the gaps of the Strategy communication-wise. The European Commission has supported this initiative with an </span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/396751/kW80H4mUSQArtkl3Aa6L/introduction+letter+Dea+Baltika+signed.pdf">introduction letter</a></span></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">. You can access and complete the survey </span></span><a href="http://eusbsr-communication-survey.questionpro.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">here</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/293247 2012-05-08T11:21:23+00:00 2012-05-08T11:21:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/293180?alt=rss Baltic Sea Wonders <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">There are numerous heritage sites in the Baltic Sea Region. What are the most popular ones? A contest gives you the unique chance to vote for your favourite Cultural & Natural Heritage features in the Baltic Sea Region. You can vote now at </span></span><a href="http://www.6-bsr-wonders.net" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">www.6-bsr-wonders.net</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/293180 2012-05-08T08:55:27+00:00 2012-05-08T08:55:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/293178?alt=rss Baltic Sea Region Stereotype <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The EU-project AGORA 2.0 aims at developing features of a common identity profile. What comes into your mind when you think of the Baltic Sea Region? Now you can vote online for the common characteristics of the Baltic Sea Region at <a href="http://www.bsr-identity.net" target="_blank">www.bsr-identity.net</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/293178 2012-05-08T08:51:19+00:00 2012-05-08T08:51:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/293157?alt=rss Website of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Visit the main information platform on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. On this website you can find out about the latest developments of the strategy, its 11 priority areas and main actions, as well as information about existing funding opportunities and much more. The website is coordinated by the European Commission – DG Regional Policy and INTERACT Point Vienna. Access the website at <a href="http://www.danube-region.eu/">www.danube-region.eu</a></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/293157 2012-05-08T07:25:58+00:00 2012-05-08T07:25:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/288298?alt=rss Mobility of labour and youth unemployment in Focus 2012-13 <div class="ugc"><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) is a network of the social partners in the Baltic Sea Region. It serves as a platform for exchange of experience and communication between the key labour market actors in most countries in the Baltic Sea Region. <br /><br /> The Enlarged Steering Committee has agreed on two common focus areas for 2012-13 which are mobility of labour and youth unemployment. In late autumn 2012 the second Annual Round Table of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum will be organised in Hamburg. <br /><br /> BSLF is the only cooperation body where trade union, employer organisation parliament and governmental organisation representatives work together to create sustainable regional labour markets within in the BSR: </span></span><a href="http://www.cbss.org/bslf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><font color="#0000FF"><u>www.cbss.org/bslf</u></font></span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/288298 2012-04-27T05:46:34+00:00 2012-04-27T05:46:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/286823?alt=rss European Social Fund creates a platform for transnational cooperation <div class="ugc"><p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Swedish ESF Council, will the coming years strengthen the transnational cooperation between projects funded by the ESF in the Member States. The intention is also to analyze the relation and linkage between the ESF and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).</span></span></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">A network of the Managing Authorities for the ESF between the Member States concerned  – Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany -  has been consolidated and a number of joint activities will be carried out: conferences, partner search forums and learning seminars in Sweden as well as in the other Member States.<br /><br /> There is also a </span></span><a href="http://www.inclusiveeurope.se/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">new web available</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"> focusing on transnational issues in ESF.</span></span></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The project BSN – ESF is coordinated by the Swedish ESF Council and funded by the Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Unit (a Swedish central government agency).</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/286823 2012-04-24T08:44:06+00:00 2012-04-24T08:44:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/286210?alt=rss Released the websites for Priority Areas and Horizontal Actions <div class="ugc"><p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">A total amount of 10 websites for Priority Areas and 2 for Horizontal Actions are now available from the EUSBSR website. Some more will be launched soon. The information is accessible on the Priorities and Actions section and or by clicking <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/websites">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/286210 2012-04-23T08:00:14+00:00 2012-04-23T08:00:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/280247?alt=rss New EUSBSR-related videos on our YouTube channel <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"> <img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/333148/D_cBc0CsFAfzjXHcFSx4/EUSBSR+logo+white+background.png?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /> </p> <p class="justify">Seven new videos have been uploaded on the EUSBSR YouTube channel. Colin Wolfe, Head of DG Regio, addresses the developments of the Strategy on two of these videos. Moreover Priority Area 13 videos have also been made available. Access them by clicking on the YouTube icon under the section Social Media on the right column.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/280247 2012-04-04T11:26:27+00:00 2012-04-04T11:26:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/279897?alt=rss Special Polish website devoted to the EUSBSR <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/333148/D_cBc0CsFAfzjXHcFSx4/EUSBSR+logo+white+background.png?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify">The purpose of the web site is primarily to spread the information about the EUSBSR among the present and future Polish stakeholders. The Polish NCP and the Ministry of Foreign Policy want to improve the visibility of the EUSBSR in Poland. The <a href="http://www.polskawue.gov.pl/Strategia,UE,dla,regionu,Morza,Baltyckiego,8002.html" target="_blank">web page</a> is conducted in Polish language.</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/279897 2012-04-03T13:11:41+00:00 2012-04-03T13:11:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/278801?alt=rss New Communication available in all EU Languages <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/342605/YkWEUgOwJFsCKZCKtGAq/logo-ce-horizontal-en-quadri-lr.jpg?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify">The Commission has now provided translations of the new Communication for the EUSBSR. All different language versions are available in the zip-file attached to the Communication in the left-hand side under the Headline: Documentation</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/278801 2012-03-30T10:25:25+00:00 2012-03-30T10:25:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/278244?alt=rss BSSSC newsletter March 2012 is available now <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><img border="0" class="imgnone" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/360950/mhv9MUBP2BnGIA1u_naA/6c6f676f5f736d616c6c.jpg?view&size=xxsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /><br /></span></span></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) has released its latest newsletter on opportunities in times of crisis. In this respect, the potential of green innovation in energy and water within the Baltic Sea Region is explained in detail. Download the full issue <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/360951/fqvb7wQNDKnORI6X5L2W/BSSSC_NEWSLETTER_01-2012.pdf">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/278244 2012-03-28T15:47:16+00:00 2012-03-28T15:47:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/277628?alt=rss Commissioner Hahn response in chat on the future of macro-regions <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/342605/YkWEUgOwJFsCKZCKtGAq/logo-ce-horizontal-en-quadri-lr.jpg?view&size=xsw" alt="" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify">Commissioner Johannes Hahn commented on the macro-regional strategies now and in the future, in a live web chat 26 March: "It is too early to judge the success of macro-regional strategies, and we are waiting to see the results of Baltic Sea Strategy and Danube Strategy. We expect that future programmes establish a clear link with the macro-regional strategies by focusing on investments needed to deliver these strategies".</p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/277628 2012-03-27T09:23:32+00:00 2012-03-27T09:23:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/277175?alt=rss Baltic Sea Strategy steps up cooperation - new Communication <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/342605/YkWEUgOwJFsCKZCKtGAq/logo-ce-horizontal-en-quadri-lr.jpg?view&size=xsw" alt="" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The Commission released the new communication on the EUSBSR on Friday 23 March 2012. According to that the work will be streamlined along three objectives instead of the four pillars. The Communication is also the need of increased political commitment and alignment of policies. The short version of the new communication is to be found </span></span><a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/299&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">here</span></span></a><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">. It is available in all Member State languages around the Baltic Sea and Russian. The full version is uploaded under the section Documentation on the left side column.<br /></span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/277175 2012-03-26T06:39:29+00:00 2012-03-26T06:39:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/276372?alt=rss Questions to Commissioner Hahn about next programming period 2014+ <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"> <img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/342605/YkWEUgOwJFsCKZCKtGAq/logo-ce-horizontal-en-quadri-lr.jpg?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /> </p> <p class="justify">A live web chat with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will take place on Monday 26 March from 14.30-15.30h CET (Central European Time). Commissioner Hahn will answer questions relating to the plans for cohesion policy during the 2014-2020 funding period.  More instructions on <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/newsroom/detail.cfm?LAN=EN&id=189&lang=en">DG Regio web site</a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/276372 2012-03-23T06:45:21+00:00 2012-03-23T06:45:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/276083?alt=rss Macro-regional approach on all layers is a must <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"> <img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/333148/D_cBc0CsFAfzjXHcFSx4/EUSBSR+logo+white+background.png?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify">Macro-regional strategies should be reflected on all layers of programming for the next period 2014-2020. This was one of the conclusions when <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/EUSBSR/status/182774912702873601/photo/1">Normunds Popens</a>, Deputy Director General, DG Regio when he presented the programming process ahead. Mr. Popens presentation is available <a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/355032/rsfUc77pMRZBNF2DxHzB/EU+Cohesion+Policy+legislative+proposals.ppt">here</a> </p> <p class="justifycenter"> </p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/276083 2012-03-22T10:31:15+00:00 2012-03-22T10:31:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/275687?alt=rss Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit of DG Regio, officially launched the Strategy website <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"> <img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/333148/D_cBc0CsFAfzjXHcFSx4/EUSBSR+logo+white+background.png?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /> <span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><br /></span></span></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit of DG Regio, gave the opening speech for the 3rd Working Meeting of the EUSBSR where <a href="http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/pages/colin-wolfe-presented-the-eusbsr-website">he officially launched</a> the recently created website for the Strategy. The event takes place on 21-22 March in Vilnius, Lithuania.</span></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/275687 2012-03-21T11:40:19+00:00 2012-03-21T11:40:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/273988?alt=rss More than 100 participants signed up for the 3rd Working Meeting in Vilnius <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><img border="0" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/333148/D_cBc0CsFAfzjXHcFSx4/EUSBSR+logo+white+background.png?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /><br /></span></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The <a href="http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/pages/3rdwmeusbsr">third working meeting</a> 21-22 March 2012 on the future of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea is ready to start - the main topics are:<br /><br /> - Coordination and implementation 2012-2013:funding and facilitation<br /> - Opportunities for programmes in 2012-2013: cooperation and contribution to EUSBSR<br /> - EU2020 and the EUSBSR<br /> - Review of the Action Plan of the EUSBSR<br /> - Embedding the macro-regional concept in national strategic documents and operational programmes for 2014-2020<br /><br /> There are also a series of back to back meetings for e.g. National Contact Points and Priority Area Coordinators already on 20 March. The 3rd working meeting is organised by INTERACT Point Turku in cooperation with DG Regio.</span></span><br /></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/273988 2012-03-16T13:27:35+00:00 2012-03-16T13:27:00+00:00 ulf.wikstrom@interact-eu.net (Ulf Wikström) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/273678?alt=rss Baltic Sea Region Programme, two weeks left for applications <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" class="imgnone" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/348714/RCrZDb9LPb3p6bjFzYCc/693_bsr_logo_t_cmyk_A4_2.jpg?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">The deadline for project applications within the fifth call of the Baltic Sea Region Programme is on 29 March 2012. The call opened on 9 January 2012. The announcement note, application form and other relevant documents can be found by clicking on the below link. Consultations in Rostock and Riga offices can be done until 16 March 2012.<br /><br /></span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://eu.baltic.net/5th_call.18845.html?"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";">Baltic Sea Region Programme, project applications. Documents for the fifth call</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/273678 2012-03-15T16:48:19+00:00 2012-03-15T16:48:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/255900?alt=rss Inclusive Europe kicks off, aims at boosting transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" class="imgnone" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/357966/F43asMZxgECrWBD7gdjW/logotype_inclusive.jpg?view&size=xsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";font-size:1em;">The initiative Inclusive Europe invites for its kick-off on 13 March 2012. Among their foreseen activities, Inclusive Europe will organise certified training for transnational cooperation along this year. Find more about this on its newsletter which also addresses some examples of good practice of transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.<br /><br /><a href="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/310955/tppyKqbwA15KEJdkCUrx/Newsletter++Inclusive+Europe+feb+2012.pdf">Newsletter - Inclusive Europe - February 2012.pdf</a><br /></span></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/255900 2012-02-15T07:47:39+00:00 2012-02-15T07:47:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez) http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/api/combined/254602?alt=rss INTERACT Newsletter winter 2011/2012 <div class="ugc"><p class="justifycenter"><img border="0" class="imgnone" alt="" src="http://files.groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/files/310028/i23EVcFR6gxELwBhnTdf/newsletter.png?view&size=xxsw" style="border-width:0px;border-color:#000;border-style:solid;" /></p> <p class="justify"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">The first e-newsletter of 2012 addresses the issue of EU macro-regions. Indeed, the cration of macro-regional strategies, in which the European Union acts as a facilitator, is the result of Member States' desire to work together as efficiently as possible in order to address issues of common interest.<br /><br /> See the full issue </span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.interact-eu.net/downloads/4788/Newsletter%2520%257C%2520January%25202012%2520%257C%2520Full%2520Edition.pdf"><span style="font-family:"Trebuchet MS";"><span style="font-size:1em;">here</span></span></a></p></div> http://groupspaces.com/EUSBSR/item/254602 2012-02-13T13:51:39+00:00 2012-02-13T13:51:00+00:00 gabriel.alvarez@interact-eu.net (Gabriel Alvarez)