Latest from the South Baltic Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013  ISSUE 2/2013

 "Young people should grow up in a culture that turns towards research and innovation"

"Young people are the future of the South Baltic region"

Interview with José Palma Andrés, Director of Territorial Co-operation, Macro-regions and North-West Europe at Directorate-General for Regional Policy (European Commission)

How do you see the role of co-operation in the South Baltic area from a macro-regional point of view?

In the current evaluation process of the existing macro-regional strategies, independent experts have pointed out that macro regional strategies have less potential for creating added value for issues that are of "common concern" than for issues that are of "strategic relevance" for the macro region. I.e. the macro regional strategies are less suited to bring extra results for issues that are not macro region specific than issues where the macro region has challenges or opportunities that clearly distinguishes it from other areas.

This principle can also apply to the South Baltic area. In this respect, it is worth trying to identify the common denominator between macro-region specific issues and south Baltic area specific questions. At first glance, certain environment and transport specific topics may be this common denominator. By way of example, stopping the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and the region’s many lakes is one of the main goals of the Strategy and is also identified as a key objective in the South Baltic area.

Regarding transport, the South Baltic regions suffer from inadequate number and quality of crossborder connections, which are important for the integration of the South Baltic and good connectivity of its urban system. This is part of a similar concern at Baltic Sea region level.
Therefore, it could be of mutual interest for the partners of the South Baltic area programme and priority coordinators of the areas concerned to develop a long-lasting cooperation process in order to strengthen the coherence of their respective actions.

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South Baltic Project News

Kick-off for Generation BALT Supplementary Maritime Study Programme

Generation BALT started a supplementary training programme for the maritime sector. 27 international students from the South Baltic Region were chosen among numerous applicants from Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The students were invited to attend a weekend course "towards Aquaculture, offshore wind energy and combined solutions", which was held at the University of Rostock from 28.02. - 03.03.2013. In different lectures the participants were informed about recent developments and trends in the maritime sectors aquaculture, maritime technology and offshore energy, and further trained in interdisciplinary thinking. Scientific lectures were given by invited speakers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven) as well as by professors and research assistants from the University of Rostock. In addition to the lectures, study visits of wind energy and aquaculture facilities were offered to complement the theoretical knowledge. Further, in hands-on exercises the students acquired new soft skills towards intercultural exchange, job application or working abroad and entrepreneurship.

The study programme is based on a foresight study towards development of the maritime sector in the South Baltic Region and the need for skilled labour, accomplished by the project consortium. The programme is designed in collaboration with trade experts and business associations to meet the demands of an innovative maritime labour market and addresses last-grade students, graduates and unemployed academics from maritime-related fields, living in the South Baltic Region. It is centered around three key components: five weekend course modules set in different South Baltic cities; a 10-day summer course on board a sailing ship and at universities in Gdynia and Gdansk and an internship upon completion of the programme, with a maritime enterprise or organisation.

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Cross-border labour mobility: case studies

Within the framework of the SB Professionals project, two case studies for Poland – Germany and Poland – Lithuania dealing with labour mobility have been conducted. The studies analize legal regulations and intercultural competences in the cross-border regions, and identify obstacles for cross-border labour mobility.

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Cross-border labour mobility Poland-Germany
Cross-border labour mobility Poland-Lithuania


Artistic interpretation of civil courage

The South Baltic project CreatLearn offers school students in Kalmar platform for artistic expression highlighting social and behavioural issues. Impressively illuminated artworks decorate the Kalmar City Park, and reveal sixteen ways of artistic interpretation of civil courage. The aim of CreatLearn is to equip school students with competences to lead and learn.
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Events (save the date)

Baltic Sea NGO Forum

16th-17th April 2013, Saint-Petersburg - Russia
The Baltic Sea NGO Forum brings together actors from the civil society around the Baltic Sea area. During the forum representatives of the civil society can exchange good practice, network and establish cross-border and inter-sectoral co-operation with different actors in the area. The Forum is also a platform for dialogue between NGOs and public authorities.
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"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.
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Baltic Business Forum

24th-26th April 2013, Świnoujście / Heringsdorf
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Career Day Maritime Economy

7 May 2013, Rostock, Germany
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Prevention of Youth Drop Outs in Sports: final event

8th - 11th May 2013, Gdynia
The event will pave the way for a network which will spread the legacy of the PYDOS (Prevention of Youth Drop Outs in Sports) project beyond its lifetime.

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Cross-border conference on labour demand

11 June 2013, Gdynia
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