Regional Identity projects

CBSS Summer University “Governance and Administration of the Baltic Sea Region” 2014 & 2015

“An asset of the CBSS Summer University is undoubtedly making new friends, building networks and enjoying the spirit of Baltic Sea cooperation.”

During 2014 – 2015, the CBSS organised Summer Universities in collaboration with the Department of Northern European Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany; and the Centre of Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden; co-funded by the CBSS PSF. The first CBSS Summer University programme “Governance and Administration of the Baltic Sea Region” was organised on 4 – 14 August 2014 in Sweden and the second time in Berlin on 17–28 August 2015.

The aim of the Summer University programme was to bring together students aiming to become future professionals of Baltic Sea Region cooperation or pursuing academic research on topics related to the region. They were invited to discuss, amongst others, multi-level governance concepts, public management and macro-regional strategies with lecturers coming from CBSS Member States and beyond. You can read more about the activities here [in German].

From 2016 on, the CBSS Summer Universities were organised at different universities throughout the region, however, without PSF funding but still with a strong partnership of the CBSS and Södertörn University in Sweden. Read more about past and upcoming Summer Universities here.

The Future of the EuroFaculty 

The Future of the EuroFaculty project is based on the experiences of the three EuroFaculty projects and aimed to develop the concept of EuroFaculty in order to bring it up to date with the current needs of the Baltic Sea region in the field of university cooperation, such as by increasing the geographical scope of the concept.

Project partners:

Finland – University of Turku

Poland – University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Russia – Saint Petersburg State University of Economics

Germany – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Development of trans-border RUS-PL-LT natural area Vistynets (Vistytis) Lake/ Rominten (Krasnolesye) Forest through regional interdisciplinary partnership

The Vistynets project aimed to create a sustainable network of partners working in the trans-border natural area Vistynets (Vistytis) Lake/ Rominten (Krasnolesye) Forest, to overcome the fragmentation of identity and knowledge, and to shape the visibility of this area in the Baltic Sea region, Europe and North-West Russia. The aims were achieved through three expeditions of interdisciplinary character which include participants from all three sides as well as external experts. The expeditions present and explore the uniqueness and the potential of this area in the form of an open-source online database.

Project partners:

Russia – Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Kaliningrad

Poland – Romincka Forest Fund

Lithuania – Vistytis Regional Park Administration

Russia – Ecomuseum Vistynetsky


The Pro BSR project streamlined and enhanced the integrated management and sustainable use of heritage assets in the Baltic Sea region. Activities were controlled by the Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation. The Pro BSR aimed to streamline the Monitoring Group’s role and practices with a view of the current operative BSR environment, resulting in a Monitoring Group Strategy 2015-20. Furthermore, as the marine environment is a key sphere for regional collaboration, the project analysed ways of integrated approaches for the management of the BSR maritime heritage as a case study.

Project partners:

Germany – Archaeological State Office of Schleswig – Holstein

Finland – National Board of Antiquities,

Poland – The Polish Maritime Museum

Evaluating the Universal Value of the Submerged Heritage of the Baltic Sea (USHer)

The main aim of the project evaluating the Universal Value of the Submerged Heritage of the Baltic Sea (USHer) is to strengthen cooperation when it comes to raising public awareness of the environment of the Baltic Sea, its unique underwater cultural heritage and good preservation conditions, as the submerged cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea is a potential candidate for the World Heritage List. All Baltic Sea countries are involved in the project through the Baltic Sea Region Working Group on Underwater Cultural Heritage which is initiated by the Baltic Sea Monitoring Group on Heritage Cooperation. The project’s activities are divided into three work packages with each project partner responsible for one package. The work packages consist of developing the value criteria; developing the activity plan; mapping activities; and preparing European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBRS) flagship project.

Project partners:

Estonia – Estonian National Heritage Board

Poland – National Maritime Museum,

Sweden – Swedish National Maritime Museums

Pre-project to “The Common Map for Culture Tourism in Baltic Sea Region”, based on historical and cultural heritage of the region

It was the pre-project stage to the project “The Common Map for Culture Tourism in Baltic Sea Region”, based on the historical and cultural heritage of the region.  The main goal of the project was to foster development of the BSR, its economic growth and attractiveness by using culture heritage as source and culture tourism as an effective instrument.

Project partners:

Russia – Norden

Russia – Russian Union of Travel Industry, North-West department

Russia – The Ministry for Tourism of Kaliningrad region

Russia – The Department of Cultural and Tourism of Novgorod region

Russia – The Department of Cultural of Pskov region

Russia – NGO “Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov”

Sweden – Swedish Tourism Innovation Center AB

Denmark – Visit Denmark Association

Finland – The University of Eastern Finland

Finland – The museum Centre of Turku,

Estonia – Estonia Tourists Board

Latvia – Vidzeme Tourism Association

Poland – Warmińsko-Mazurska Regional Tourist organization

Poland – Association ‘Polish Gothic Castles’

Survey on state support for NGOs in BSR

Sustainable financing is a key element in maintaining a strong civil society. However, the prerequisites for NGO state funding varies between countries in the Baltic Sea region. The Survey on state support for NGOs in BSR aimed to develop an overview of the different funding possibilities in each country in the region. The results were presented at the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR held in Vilnius in November 2013.

Project partners:

Sweden – Norden Association in Sweden

Germany – Forschungsgruppe Nordeuropäische Politik e.V.

Finland – Suomi–Venäjä seura


The aim of the project is to develop the Culinary Routes network in the Baltic Sea countries in order to strengthen identity and the feeling of belonging together as well as to preserve the vitality or rural regions. A rural culinary network will be established, meetings for the elaboration of common features of national cuisines of the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea and common criteria and promotion instruments will be organised. Common action on different events to promote the Baltic Sea Culinary Routes and its websites will be made.

Project partners:

Estonia – NGO Estonian Rural Tourism Estonia – Olustvere School of Rural Economics and Service Industry Studies,

Latvia – Latvian Rural Tourism Association “Lauku Celotajs”,

Lithuania – Lithuanian Countryside Tourism Association,

Poland – Polish Tourist Organisation,

Norway – HANEN,

Denmark – Sydvestjysk Udviklingsforum,

Sweden – SOSK (Cutinary Heritage Europe),

Finland – Lahti University of Applied Sciences Ltd.

Russia – LLC “lnternotional Center of Wine and Gostronomy”

Latvia – Latvian Stafe Institute of Agrarian economics,

Germany – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board (not funded by PSF)

Local Research and Education Hubs – Key for Sustainability Education

The project has been developed on the conclusions and challenges defined in the first two phases of the phase of Baltic Sea Regional Network on Education for Sustainable Development and experience by the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation.

The vision of the project is a society where people collaborate and network globally and regionally to address local sustainable development challenges and are able to find the most appropriate solutions for them.

The main aim of the project is to promote capacities of individuals in development by institutionalizing sustainable multi-stakeholder network by responding to changing development of local hubs and publication of the best practice.

Project partners:

Latvia – Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation

Latvia – Development Bulb,

Ukraine – Charity Information Center “Green Dossier”

Estonia – Statera NGO,

Sweden – SWEDESD, Campus Gotland, Uppsala University,

Finland – Centre for Lifelong Learning,

Latvia – UNESCO chair at Daugavpils University

CBSS Youth Forum 2013

The project supported green entrepreneurship and sustainable lifestyles awareness-raising among youth from across the BSR by facilitating the participation of an international youth delegation of 25 – 30 people. The project worked to strengthen the partnerships already established with the youth organizations and relevant networks in the BSR and foster informal learning, facilitate people-to-people contacts, intercultural dialogue and network-building among young people in the region, thus contributing to strengthening the Baltic Sea identity.

Project partners:

Germany – Landesjugendring Schleswig – Holstein

Sweden – Baltic University Programme, CSD Uppsala

Russia –  Immanuel Kant State University of Russia

Russia – Agency for Youth Affairs of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region

‘Bridge It!’ is a regional active citizenship education programme aimed at the inclusion of youth from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North-West Russia and South-East Finland. The project’s long-term aim is to enhance civil-society in the Baltic Sea Region through the means of communication across borders, building a sense of common regional identity and solutions to the region’s social problems. The project participants will acquire project management skills by taking part in seminars and by implementing social projects on a local and regional level e.g. projects addressing poverty, rehabilitation, violence, environment or youth unemployment. The cross-border project partnerships will be maintained through an alumni network throughout the region, which aims at fostering long-term regional cooperation.

On 30 November – 4 December 2016, the evaluation seminar – the final stage of the 5th year of the “Bridge It!” Programme – took place in Rīga, Latvia. Read more about it here.

Project Partners

Latvia – Creative Union “Orbita”

Estonia – Foundation for Science and liberal Arts “Domus Dorpatensis”

Russia –  Autonomous Non-profit Organisation for Social and Legal Services “Russian – German Office for Environmental Information”

Germany – Theodor Heuss Kolleg of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Germany –  MitOst Association

More information can be found here.