ISSUE 5/2012

Welcome to South Baltic Programme 5th Newsflash!

Dear Reader,

during the year, our South Baltic family has grown to include 8 new projects and plenty of fellow campaigners working towards more prosperity and attractiveness of our communities. We are proud to witness this level of activity and commitment. And we are privileged to work with bright minds on trailblazing ideas. Five of this years' newcomers will embark on shaping our common vision as of next year. Let us warmly welcome "Mobile together", "Ciconia", "RESPECT BALTICUM", "SoBaTO" and "BAYinTRAP". Equipped with these good news, we are ready to face a new year with its new challenges.

Enjoy this issue and its compelling insights into recent South Baltic dynamics.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

South Baltic Programme News

Stakeholders reflect on South Baltic practices

The South Baltic Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 welcomed more than 100 guests during an annual meeting which took place in October this year in Ronneby, Sweden. The event was opened by the Chairman of the Ronneby Municipal Council Nils-Ingmar Thorell. New perspectives for cooperation within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the new programming period 2014-2020 were outlined by Jean-Marc Venineaux from the Directorate-General for Regional Policy of the European Commission. Insights into projects and their impact on policy making revealed a whole panoply of commendable Programme assets.

The second day was dedicated particularly to the future of the programme. Two workshop sessions offered the opportunity for South Baltic projects and other stakeholders to discuss the preferences for the thematic scope of the future Programme and to comment on the potential improvements for the implementation procedures in the future programming period 2014-2020.

Access the findings HERE »


Our family has grown...

The Steering Committee of the South Baltic Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007 -2013 approved 5 new projects during its meeting on 12th December 2012. We are pleased to welcome the local community initiatives "Mobile together", "Ciconia", "RESPECT BALTICUM", "SoBaTO" and "BAYinTRAP".  The resources of the European Regional Development Fund to co-finance the new projects amount to 1 128 235,75 EUR. READ MORE »



Evaluation of the South Baltic Cross-Border Co-Operation Programme 2007-2013
The South Baltic Cross-Border Co-Operation Programme 2007-2013 has been a subject to a sophisticated evaluation carried out to assess the level of Programme's achievement and the effectiveness of the projects implementing system. The evaluation report reveals a successful implementation of the Programme, strong contribution to creation of cross-border networks as well as an extensive know-how generation. READ MORE »



Vassilen Iotzov   
Information Manager  

JTS news


The Joint Technical Secretariat team has undergone staff changes. We are happy to welcome the new Programme Information Manager, Vassilen Iotzov who joined the JTS team at the beginning of December. Vassilen has been developing communication and capitalisation instruments within European funding programmes such as the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the 7th framework programme for research and technological development but has also experience with the European Territorial Co-operation Objective, in particular in the transnational co-operation (Central Europe, Baltic Sea Region).

The newly appointed Head of JTS, Thorsten Kohlisch, will be boosting our team as of February 2013. Taking this opportunity, let us express our sincere gratitude to Marta Plichta who left the Secretariat in mid September. Thank you for the meritorious efforts for the sake of our Programme and its projects. We appreciate the very warm, constructive and inspiring leadership and team spirit. On behalf of the entire JTS team, all the best for the future!

South Baltic Project News

Hydro Active City − an open digital art contest
“HYDRO ACTIVE CITY” is an open international contest searching for art projects to be presented in the public space. The South Baltic project ARTLINE is looking for art works using digital media technologies in a creative approach to public space. Interactive art works involving people in the Baltic countries are looked upon as especially interesting. The winning art works will be shown presented in Gdansk during an international seminar on art and public space, held in between May 16-18th 2013. READ MORE »

BalticMuseums Newsletter presents winners of photo competition and new IT framework

The BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project unites oceanographic museums and scientific institutions in the South Baltic Region. Jointly, electronic visitor guidance systems (eGuides) are developed and implemented in the museums. In the current newsletter the project team presents the winner photos selected in the online competition "The best photo of the Baltic Sea" in which around 570 photos were handed in from participants from Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania and other Baltic Sea countries. Experiences in developing and managing the online photo competition are currently gathered as a documentation that will be available soon on the project website. This is one of many examples were open source software was used in the project. The University of Szczecin, one of the scientific partners, developed an Open-Source-IT-Framework based on the experiences in the cooperation of BalticMuseums, helping with a clear process to adapt open source software for specific purposes in a well-planned way. Additional topics in the newsletter are the engagement of the team in the tourism strategy for the Baltic Sea, the visit of the Swedish Naval Museum, Karlskrona and the plans of the Museum of the World Ocean, Kaliningrad for a new gigantic museum building.

Test dikes in Germany and Poland have been officially opened

We are proud to announce a major milestone in our DredgDikes project. The test dikes constructions in Germany and Poland have been completed. These constructions will trial the practicability of the DredgDikes model: the project deals with the implementation of dredged materials in dike construction. Dredged materials are soil or excavated materials with different parts of mineral and organic properties. The use of dredged materials in dike construction is expected to result in major financial, social and environmental improvements in the dike construction practice.


Generation BALT has launched its Maritime Sector Training Programme for 2013

The Generation BALT project has just launched its Maritime Sector Training Programme for 2013, geared towards students or graduates of maritime-related studies interested in gaining practical skills and mastering their career in the new maritime sector.

The Programme is designed in collaboration with trade experts and business associations to meet the demands of an innovative maritime labour market in the South Baltic Region. It is intended to be high-profiled, international, interdisciplinary and hands-on. Participants will be able to explore internship and career opportunities with a number of private and public sector maritime organisations actively participating in the programme. The application process is now open on the GenerationBALT website. READ MORE »

Teachers awarded with the Södermöre personnel price 2012 for enthusiastic work in CreatLearn
Four teachers in Södermöre school were awarded with the Södermöre personnel price 2012 for their brilliant work in the CreatLearn project that gives Södermöreskolan new, more creative ways of working and the students more participation MORE ON CREATLEARN»



Waste to Resources guiding manual
In a joint research partnership, the Universities of Lund, Greifswald and Wismar are investigating the best practices of sustainable waste management across the Baltic region. Based on the municipal pilot projects, the universities are working in collaboration on a Master Concept assessing the incentives and barriers to reach a Waste to Resources environment. The Master Concept is meant to be a guiding manual for decision makers and practitioners. This manual provides the key actors with the information to build, modernize, and stimulate recycling at the household level by raising awareness on the different waste sorting, collection systems and communication innovations. READ MORE »



Events (save the date)

"Hardwoods are good" Final Conference

16th-17th of January 2013, Gdansk - Poland
Final conference of "Hardwoods are good - supporting entrepreneurs of the forestry hardwood chain in the South Baltic Region"
"Hardwoods are good" enhances cross-border relations between Forestry Hardwood Chain (FHC) entrepreneurs in the South Baltic area by establishing a network focused on raising competence in FHC between SMEs, entrepreneurial support organisations and forest agencies in the South Baltic area.

For further information please contact Mr Piotr Neubauer: piotr.neubauer(at)

"Waste to Resources" Final Conference

5th March 2013, Szczecin - Poland
The South Baltic project "Waste to Resources" investigates sustainable and efficient waste management practices in the areas: creating modern and appealing recycling centres, developing practical solutions for waste sorting in small household kitchens, waste analysis and targeted communication about waste sorting, developing waste sorting in small and medium sized companies, communication campaigns to change attitudes and behaviour. READ MORE »



"South Baltic OFF.E.R" Final Conference

24th-25th April 2013, Rostock - Germany
"South Baltic OFF.E.R" promotes offshore wind energy (OWE) in the South Baltic area, which is identified as one of the most suitable regions for this kind of renewable energy production at European level with enormous growth potentials.