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See the latest Balticness Light from November 2013 here.

April 2013

Strengthening cooperation in sustainable agriculture


The First Agricultural Conference of the Baltic Sea Region took place on 21 March in Saint-Petersburg within the framework of the Baltic Week held on 19-22 March, 2013. The aim of the conference was to encourage and facilitate eco-innovative and sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas in the North-West Federal District of Russia. The conference was focused on discussing the process of transferring successful agri-technologies and solutions, elaborated in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) in the recent years, into the agricultural industry of the North-West region of Russia, as well as exchanging experiences between the experts of the BSR.

Good practice solutions where contributed by the Baltic 21 Lighthouse project Bioenergy Promotion and other projects such as Baltic Manure, Baltic Compass, BERAS and Baltic Deal- all of which are funded by the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme.

As a result of the conference a “Protocol of Intent” was signed between the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat and the NGO “Agropolis North-West” with a specific focus on establishing a platform for knowledge-exchange and innovation technology transfer in sustainable agriculture. The goal is to facilitate the modernization of the North-West Russian agricultural sector, as well as to strengthen cooperation in such fields as agri-environmental management and measures, manure management, bioenergy production and innovative technologies in agricultural waste utilization in the period of 2013 – 2015.


CBSS Civil Protection senior experts meet in Vologda


The Senior Experts meeting of the CBSS Civil Protection Network took place in Vologda (Russian Federation) on 21-22 March 2013. Among other issues, Senior Experts from the CBSS Member States were particularly engaged with the topic of voluntary fire services development, a theme which was confirmed to become the main subject of the CBSS Civil Protection Directors General Meeting (5-6 June 2013, Vologda). This theme reflects a growing CBSS Member States concern with the increasing risk of forest fires in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as their commitment to cooperate in enhancing their national and cross-border response capacities. See here for more news articles about the meeting (in Russian)


Save the date:

EUSBSR 14.3 Final Conference, 13 – 14 May 2013, Brussels

The Final Conference of the EUSBSR flagship project 14.3 will take place in Brussels, at the EU Committee of the Regions on 13-14 May 2013. The conference is titled “Working Together on Macro-Regional Risk: Joint Approaches and Challenges” and is organized back-to-back to the 4th EU Civil Protection Forum. For more information and registration please visit

Baltic Sea Forum initiates advisory body for the environment


The Conference of the Heads of the Baltic Sea States (“Baltic Sea Forum”) on environmental protection was held on 5-6 April in St. Petersburg, as part of the Russian CBSS Presidency Programme, but also as a follow-up to the Baltic Sea Action Summit held three years ago in Helsinki. Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev opened the Conference, which gathered some 300 Baltic Sea cooperation stakeholder representatives in addition to heads of governments and ministers from all the CBSS countries. The main outcome of the conference was the “St. Petersburg Initiative”, an effort to further strengthen the involvement of the non-governmental sector through an advisory body, the composition of which shall be finalized at the forthcoming HELCOM Ministerial in Copenhagen in October this year. Read more at


Spring brings new developments for Balticlab


Balticlab is continuing with new ideas after a successful networking weekend in Stockholm in December 2012. On 12 of April Balticlab is launching its new initiative - Balticlab Project Development Programme. The programme is a three module project development activity, where a group of individuals from the Balticlab Network from December, will form working groups to develop project ideas connected to their fields and the Baltic Sea Region. The aim of the programme is to create a link between individuals with potential to drive change and innovation on the one hand and the policy-making and policy-enacting community (politicians, civil servants and NGO’s) engaged in Baltic Sea Region territorial cooperation on the other. The modules will take place 12-16 April in Malmö, 3-7 May in Nida and 4-8 June in Kaliningrad, where the participants will showcase their final project prototypes. The focus will be on contemporary culture, media, entrepreneurship and innovation. Moreover an interactive Balticlab online platform ( will be released on 16 April, which will include all the latest updates on Balticlab Project Development Programme, as well as news stories and updates on creativity and entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region. See for more information.


Save the date

Balticlab Project Development Programme: 12-16 April in Malmö (Sweden), 3-7 May in Nida (Lithuania), 4-8 June in Kaliningrad (Russian Federation)

SEBA Conference “Creativity and Cooperation
in the South Eastern Baltic Area”


The initiative of Modernization of the South Eastern Baltic Area through regional cooperation (SEBA)  was launched by the Council of the Baltic Sea States in the summer of 2011. CBSS aims to bring attention to what this part of the Southern Baltic area has to offer and to support its increased modernization and interaction with other parts of the Baltic Sea Region. Hence on 7-8 June 2013, a conference addressing creativity and the human potential of the South Eastern Baltic area will be held in Kaliningrad. The conference will include sessions on Sustainable Tourism, Creative Industries & Culture, Cooperation in Higher Education & Youth Exchange, Cultural Heritage in the SEBA Region and presentations of newly developed projects and initiatives such as the natural park Lake Vistynets (Vistytis)/ Rominten Forest project and Balticlab. Key aspects of the plenary will also be focusing on searching for increased common ground between Russia and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Moreover, the programme includes a sound art festival called “The Spirits of the Baltic”, as well as an expedition, where participants will get a chance to explore the magnificent area of the Rominten Forest and Vistynets lake. See for registration information.


Save the date:

SEBA Conference “Creativity and Cooperation in the South Eastern Baltic Area”- 7-8 June, Kaliningrad (Russian Federation)


For press and media inquiries related to the work of the Council please contact:

Head of Media and Communcation, Mr Anthony Jay, +46 8 440 1941, (on leave until November 2013)

Media and Communications Officer, Ms. Egle Obcarskaite, +46 8 440 19 41 /935,

Media and Communications Assistant, Ms. Mirjam Külm, +46 8 440 19 29,