Sustainable & Prosperous Region projects

Cross Border Information Management in the BSR (CBIM-BSR)

CBIM-BSR aimed to develop a first draft concept for a competence and information centre network in the Baltic Sea Region in order to support the sustainable economic growth and social development in the BSR. A pre-analysis on the involvement of North-West Russia (especially St. Petersburg) was integrated in this concept. The action supports the work of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) and its working group on mobility of labour. The BSLF is a flag ship project for the Baltic Sea Strategy of the European Union (EUSBSR).

Project partners:

Germany – Education and Training Service for Hamburg Businesses (BWH)

Germany – Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH

Russia – Confederation of Labour of Russia KTR

Finland – Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK)

Germany – Nordmetall Verband der Metall und Electroindustrie e.V.

School to work BSR flagship initiative

School to work was a EUSBSR Flagship Initiative to combat early school leavers and assist young people not in education, employment, or training (NEETs). The results will help diminish the rate of youth unemployment in the Baltic Sea region and contribute good practices that can be mainstreamed throughout the European Union. The project focused on both the preventive measures in school as well as intermediate and reactive measures

Project partners:

Sweden – Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)

Germany – Ministry of Labour, Family, Social and Family Affairs Integration,

Poland – Wołominskie Starostwe Powiatowe

Sweden – Norden Association Föreningen Norden

Sweden – Swedish Board of Youth Affairs,

Sweden – Arbetsförmedlingen,

Sweden – Jämtlands Gymnasium,

Sweden – Region of Gotland

Sweden – Association of local authorities in Blekinge

Sweden – National agency for Education, Skolverket

Sweden – Association of the local authorities in Skåne

Sweden – Sörmland Regional Council,

Denmark – Local Govenement (KL),

Estonia – Foundation Innove

Estonia – Tartu Vocational Education,

Germany – Hanse-Parlament,

Germany – Lawaetz-Foundation,

Germany – GSM, Germany

Latvia – Latvian Association of the Local and Regional Governments

Lithuania – Siauliai Pedagogical Psychological service,

Lithuania – National Centre of Special Needs Education,

Lithuania – ESF, Lithuania,

Lithuania – Ausra School,

Poland – Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Inicjatyw,

Poland – Caritas Archidiecezji Gdańskiej,

Poland – Mazovia Region

Poland – Świętokrzyskie Biuro Rozwoju Regionalnego,

Poland – Młodzieżowy Ośrodek Socjoterapii, Ustka

Finland – Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

FLOW Baltic flagship initiation project

The FLOW Baltic Flagship initiation project, aimed to establish FLOW Baltic as a Flagship Project under the EUSBSR Priority Area Agri. The Flagship project was proposed as an umbrella, in which the main project linked to other research and cooperation projects in the field. The umbrella project aimed to ensure coordinated communication of the activities and results of the clustered projects and support pan-Baltic cross-sector authority level dialogue on water quality and water flow management, field drainage, and agricultural productivity with connection to climate change adaptation and supporting innovations in bio-economy.

Project partners:

Sweden – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Finland – ProAgria Etelä-Suomi ry (ProAgria)

Lithuania – Lietuvos Žemės Ūkio Konsultavimo Tarnyba


Environmentally Smart Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Region

The project Environmentally Smart Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Regions aims to bring together actors from three levels – policy makers, entrepreneurs and research institutions, to tackle problems of environmentally smart agriculture in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.

The long-term aim is to increase resilience in Baltic Sea agriculture by increasing the yield per land unit to meet the present needs without exceeding current resource use or reducing resources needed for the future, achieve sustainable intensification via smart agricultural practices thus contributing to Europe 2020 Strategy. Resilience in environmentally smart agriculture provokes transformative changes in meeting the demands of food security, natural resource protection and development. It diminishes vulnerability and promotes adaptive capacity by timely action and through the application of best practices to reduce the risks the farmers face.

Project partners:

Estonia – Estonian University of Life

Russia – St Petersburg State Agrarian University

Russia – St. Petersburg State University of Economics

Sweden – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Poland – Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Small and medium-sized Baltic Sea ports development challenges

Small and medium-sized ports (SPM) compose a significant share of the Baltic Sea Region port network. They also handle remarkable amount of cargo and thus play a notable role in local and regional economies in the area (100 – 300 million tons annually depending on definition of SMP).

The aim of the project is survey the current development needs (in varying levels of detail) and general planning practises of SMPs in the CBSS countries. This is conducted by preliminary analysis (statistic, other sources) of SMPs in Baltic Sea Region which is followed by the interviews of selected, representative ports.

Project partners:

Finland – University of Turku

Sweden – Lulea University of Technology

Poland – Gdynia Maritime University

The project ‘At the Water’s Edge’ is a transnational and cross-generational communication project, which aims to foster exchange of memories from the Baltic Sea Region from the time when the sea was divided by the Iron Curtain. The idea of the physical sea as a connection but also a separation between different nations is at very centre of the project. While the political aspect of the sea as a border and the imagined Iron Curtain is viewed differently by the Eastern and Western Baltic Sea Region, for both sides, the sea is also seen as a place of summer vacations and a source of livelihood. By combining all the different layers of memory and connections, the project aims to strengthen the regional identity and the communication between the citizens of the Baltic Sea Region. The memories and different perspectives on the Cold War will be reflected through simultaneous exhibitions in all of the nine countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Project Partners:

Estonia – Unitas Foundation

Denmark -  Koldkrigsmuseum Langelandsfort

Estonia – Okupatisioonide Muuseum

Finland –  Nordens Institut på Åland (Finland),

Germany – Schiffbau-und Schifffahrtsmuseum Rostock

Latvia – SERDE

Lithuania – A.Moncio namai-muziejus (Lithuania),

Poland -  Galeria Miejsce

Russia – The Kaliningrad State Art Gallery

Sweden –  Gotlands Konstmuseum