Current Projects

This year’s PSF call focused on projects that put safety and security at the centre of Baltic Sea cooperation and strive to strengthen the resilience of the region.

The ultimate goal of the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region is to make everyone feel safe and secure in every corner of our region. This can be achieved by strengthening the civil security and protection systems in the countries in the region, and by doing so in a coherent way – through cooperation. 12 eligible, high quality applications were received, 5 were chosen by our Committee of Senior Officials to be rewarded funding of up to 65 000 Euros.

Attention was paid to projects that contribute to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from natural or man-made disasters, or intentional human actions such as exploitation in the Baltic Sea Region. We aim to promote a holistic approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capabilities for societal security and safety to address a broad spectre of challenges, from civil protection to prevention of criminal exploitation and trafficking in human beings, as well as combating organised and serious crime.

Especially important were contributions that encourage building a common societal security culture in the BSR, by engaging civil society, in particular, volunteer organizations, children/youth, or senior citizens. Special emphasis was put on people-to-people contacts, exchange of best practices and awareness raising for common attitudes to major threats and hazards as well as to situations of exploitation, innovative solutions to common societal security challenges.

If you speak up, I will join!

Lead partner: Norway (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) Norway, Invisible Children Forum) in partnership with Latvia, Sweden and Russia

This innovative project aims to identify and empower childhood survivors of human trafficking in the Baltic Sea States. By establishing a regional forum and a digital platform where survivors can be informed, express their opinions, get support from peers and be heard in relevant decision making.

By breaking the silence, speaking out, and receiving support from others in the same situation survivors are empowered to strengthen social reintegration and to regain control of their own lives. Survivors are better heard in decision-making that concern their rights and contribute to the prevention of and response to human trafficking in the Baltic Sea region and at national level.

Through mapping relevant groups and organizations in the region, sharing knowledge and information, workshops, cultural activities to empower survivors of childhood human trafficking, policy dialogue/advocacy and networking the project will benefit from the views and experiences from survivors of human trafficking in childhood, including the mechanisms and causes behind human trafficking and how this serious human rights violation can be prevented, and how victims and survivors can be identified and support each other’s healing and social reintegration.

Youth for safer youth

Lead partner: Latvia (Liepaja Municipal Police) in partnership with Finland and Lithuania

In an attempt to discover young people’s in the Baltic Sea Region safety concerns and the best way to reach young people, a research will be developed in collaboration with safety experts and youth representatives from Latvia, Finland and Lithuania.

The research will help prepare for a larger scale project in which youth in the Baltic Sea region will be educated about how to increase their safety in physical and virtual world, especially in the fields where they feel less secure. Special attention will be paid to the collaboration between safety experts and young people to demonstrate the value of such cooperation.

The results of the research will be publicly available and will be shared through various networks such as the network of Union of the Baltic Cities.

CAPE - Competence building, Assistance provision and Prosecution of labour Exploitation cases in the Baltic Sea Region

Lead partner: Latvia (Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia) in partnership with Estonia, Finland and Denmark

The project addresses human trafficking (THB) for labour exploitation in all CBSS Member States. The main objective of the project is to support stakeholders in combating and disrupting human trafficking for labour exploitation by analysing and consolidating information, improving assistance to victims and stepping up prosecution of traffickers.

The project will involve a baseline research component on trafficking for labour exploitation in Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Norway; three transnational experts’ workshops in Norway, Finland and Germany with professionals and practitioners from all CBSS member states; a high-level conference to present the project outcomes and required actions in the CBSS Member States.

Vilnius declaration on combating trafficking for labour exploitation will be developed based on the findings of the research reports and transnational workshops and adopted by the CBSS Member States.

Strengthening the Prevention of Child Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation Related to Information and Communication Technologies in the Baltic Sea Region

Lead partner: Russia (Regional Public Organization of Social Projects in Sphere of Population’s Well-Being “Stellit”) in partnership with Finland and Latvia

The project’s aim is to provide child protection specialists with relevant information and strategies regarding the prevention of child trafficking and sexual exploitation regarding ICT. The synergy of the combined expertise will contribute to advancing the child protection system and the safety of children in the Baltic Sea Region.

The project will include a desktop study on identifying best practices in prevention of recruiting children for sexual exploitation and human trafficking with the use of ICT – which will be disseminated among stakeholders –  development of a training module and two-day trainings for stakeholders in Russia, Latvia, and Finland.

Pilot project for institutionalizing research-end user cooperation

Lead partner: Sweden (Swedish Defence University) in partnership with Finland and Norway

The initiative promotes a more institutionalized cooperation between the variety of Baltic Sea Region end-users and stakeholder organizations, including societal security research institutions, sub-regional, national and local authorities as well as civil society organizations.

The project will map out the key organizations that should participate in the focus group activities and the first workshop and intends to develop a structure for a longer-term strategic biennial practice (a workshop every even year) by drawing upon the momentum generated by the biennial Baltic Leadership Programme that occurs every odd year.

Last year’s PSF call for projects focused on culture and empowering the future-builders of the region. Below are the ongoing projects we support.

By the deadline, on the 31st of March 2018, we had received 43 applications for projects in the field of culture, education and youth. We thank everyone who applied for the exciting and innovative suggestions and interesting partnerships. After careful consideration, the 43 applications received by the deadline of 31 March 2018, were whittled down by the Committee of Senior Officials to the final seven projects.

Regional Identity is a long-term priority of CBSS aiming to develop and foster the concept of a belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, networks and multilevel governance. We chose projects that focus on either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth.

Projects for, with and by children and young people had been highly valued. The projects should aim to strengthen children and young people’s influence and participation in organisational, cultural, and educational settings (international labour and student mobility, improved common education and labour market) and to strengthen a sense of “we-feeling” in the Baltic Sea Region.

Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and we welcomed projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences. The declaration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 offered a fantastic opportunity to focus on Baltic Sea Region cultural heritage. Looking at our common history fosters mutual understanding and is an important prerequisite for jointly tackling the challenges the Baltic Sea Region faces today.

What are the platforms for cooperation on education in the Baltic Sea Region in the future? CBSS has for years devoted attention to higher education, with projects within this field still remaining of high interests. We also welcomed projects in other fields within education and projects that address the need for a strategic approach towards education in the region.

2018-2019 Baltic Sea Festival Advisory Board

Lead partner: Sweden (Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen) in partnership with Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia

The Baltic Sea Festival has been running since 2003, offering both a cultural programme (focusing on music) and a seminar programme concentrating on leadership and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. Through music and discussions, the festival hopes to create a platform for democratic dialogue focusing on regional issues.

The vision for the Baltic Sea Festival is to further develop the platform into a yearly meeting point where people with an engagement in the Baltic region can meet, discuss and exchange initiatives and ideas for the future. Environment, leadership and the younger generation’s possibilities for education and work being potential themes.

This funding will help establish an Advisory Board, comprised of key decision makers and lobbyists from the region, that can help pinpoint a new aim for the festival, making the event more relevant and significant through the development of the programme as well as engaging new partners and audiences.

More information about the Baltic Sea Festival 2018 can be found here.

Project partners:

Finland – Hanaholmen

Latvia – Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

Lithuania – Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

Russia – Swedish Consulate-General, St Petersburg, Russia

2018-2019 Integrating Belarusian Business Studies in the Baltic Sea Region Higher Education

Lead partner:  Finland (University of Turku) in partnership with Belarus, Germany, Latvia, and Russia

The overall aim of the project is to expand teacher and researcher resources in order to shape an international network focusing on Master Level executive education with a specific perspective on international business and entrepreneurship. The resources would take new digital technology into consideration.

The project will provide a way to integrate Belarussian Higher Education more closely into a Baltic Sea Region Higher Education context, building on the experiences from the CBSS Eurofaculty concept and current teaching and learning methods.

Project Partners:

Belarus – Belarusian State University

Germany – Berlin School of Economics and Law

Latvia – University of Latvia

Russia – Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON)

2018-2019 The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 - an initiative for increasing youth participation

Lead Partner: Norway (Eastern Norway County Network as Chairman of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC)) in partnership with Denmark (UBC) and Poland (ERB)

How can policymakers better integrate young people in the decision-making process in the Baltic Sea Region? About 100 young people from all countries across the Baltic Sea region would take part in a three-day camp in Gdansk, June 2019 leading up to the Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in 2019. The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 (BSRYC 2019) will focus on topics like sustainable development and the European Year of Cultural Heritage by organising cultural workshops, panel discussions as well as offer the chance to meet politicians and experts.  The BSRYC 2019 will also allow the participants to strengthen and formulate an idea of Baltic identity through an interactive cultural programme.

The outcome of the camp will be used for the continued effort to strengthen the voice of youth and actually involve them.

Project Partners:

Denmark – Ungdomsskolen Kolding, Kolding Kommune as Chairman of Union of Baltic Cities (UBC)

Poland – Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic (ERB)

Poland – The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (BSCC)

2018-2019 Digital approaches in cultural heritages towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network

Lead partner: Latvia (National Library of Latvia) in partnership with Estonia, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden

The project highlights the growing demand for access to cultural heritage and, therefore, the need to digitalize our common heritage. It seeks to establish a sustainable framework for pan-Baltic cooperation in using digital approaches. The network will interlink institutions, experts and young professionals working in these fields.

The project supports the vision of the Baltic 2030 Action Plan which aims to improve access to excellent educational opportunities and a high quality of life for people of every age and background.

Project Partners: 

Estonia – National Library of Estonia

Germany – Rostock University Library

Lithuania – Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania

Sweden – National Library of Sweden

2018-2019 Nordic authors crossing borders in the Baltic States

Lead Partner: Denmark (The Confederation of Nordic Associations/FNF) in partnership with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The project aims at strengthening the cultural identity and branding between the Nordic and Baltic countries through visits to schools, high schools, universities, libraries and other cultural institutions across the Baltic Sea region focusing on children, young people and adults in both urban and rural areas. The awarded funding will enable the Confederation of Nordic Associations to further develop this concept. The visits help to create social cohesion thanks to the promotion of common values such as democracy, artistic freedom and equality.

Project Partners: 

Estonia – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia

Latvia – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

Lithuania – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

2018-2020 Well-being residency network

Lead Partner: Latvia (Association Sansusī) in partnership with Finland, Russia and Sweden

The Well-being Residency is an evolving concept which merges arts residencies and socially engaged art. The project wants to create an artist-in-residence program where culture is used as a tool for recovery, ameliorating social inclusion and well-being. The project will qualify and document the interaction between artists and the target group, in a situation of recovery (care homes, hospitals, prisons or reception centres). The project operates in rural and remote areas and is organized in collaboration with local communities; social and healthcare institutions.

Project Partners: 

Finland – Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Regional office of Lapland

Finland – Cross-Cultural Organisation Piste ry

Latvia – VSIA Rigas cirks

Russia – Social and Cultural Youth Centre

Sweden – Norrbotten County Council

2018-2019 NordicBaltic Festival Platform

Lead partner: Sweden (Sweden Festivals) in partnership with Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland

The NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) has been in development since 2011 and has gathered until now 11 partners from 9 different countries. The NBFP has the role of an incubator and network for arts & culture festivals in the region.

The project aims at engaging up to 500 festivals in its activities (dance, theatre, puppetry, film, etc), enhancing their audience, connections and visibility. The platform allows the various festivals and respective organisers to share experience on working in the region and business strategies in order to maximise efficiency (e.g. save time, money) when tackling common challenges in the field (e.g. audience development and increasing employment/revenue streams, etc.).

Project Partners: 

Denmark – Helsingør Teater

Estonia – PLMF Arts Management Ltd

Faroe Islands, Denmark – The Nordic House

Finland – Finland Festivals

Greenland, Denmark – The Nordic Institute in Greenland

Iceland – Reykjavik Arts Festival

Latvia – Latvian Concerts

Lithuania – Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Norway – Norway Festivals

Poland – The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

2017-2019 ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD)

The ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD) intends to gather creative and cultural practitioners, provide space for discussion in an open environment and create synergies for and with the participating partners. The format wants to highlight cross-sectorial links an allow policy-makers to follow the debates and share their perspectives on the impact of culture and cultural practice. The underlying understanding is that culture is an essential driver for sustainability.

The main ambition is to contribute actively to integrating the cultural landscape in the Baltic Sea Region by bringing innovative cultural players together and establish a forum for continuous exchange. This forum will allow exchanging good practices, ideas and new project developments. The core focus is to link existing initiatives, to reflect on initiatives, their success stories, developments and challenges with the respective tools of the ARS BALTICA focus areas Exchange, Expertise and Reach-Out. The travelling character of the ABCDs allows communicating the issues and topics discussed in one country to be also put on the ABCD agenda in the next one in order to understand, whether there are recurring or contrasting themes and observations. The ABCD format allows gaining a specific understanding of the national cultural players and sectors, a necessary step in order to link them better on an international scale. Moreover, the ABCDs function as a tool to raise awareness about culture as a driver for sustainability and other key issues, that illustrate that culture and cultural practice are the horizontal binding force in our societies.

Project Partners:

Int – Nordkolleg Rendsburg GmbH – ARS BALTICA Secretariat

Finland –  Union of Baltic Cities – Cultural Cities Commission

Poland – Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

Denmark – Performing Arts Platform Aarhus

Estonia – VABALAVA Theatre

Latvia – RIXC / Center for New Media Culture

Russia –  Territorium Filmfestival

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