On 12 November 2018, the CBSS Secretariat had the pleasure to host a group of students from Russia. The meeting took place right after the international celebrations of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2018.
Daria Akhutina, Senior Advisor, welcomed the group with a brief outline of the CBSS, its multifaceted work which includes such topics as labour issues and maritime affairs, ties to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) via co-coordination of several strands, namely, Horizontal Action Neighbours, Horizontal Action Climate and Policy Area Secure.
Zane Šime, Communication & Research Coordinator, outlined the CBSS Science, Research and Innovation Agenda with a specific focus on the latest developments of Baltic TRAM and Baltic Science Network. Students were introduced to the annual statement “Science in the Baltic Sea Region as a Public Good” of Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the CBSS Secretariat, issued on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2018.
Olga Zuin, Baltic 2030 Programme Coordinator, explained some of the discussions on the CBSS Baltic 2030 Action Plan. Maria Pospelova, Intern at the Baltic 2030 Unit, offered an insider´s perspective on the Regeneration 2030 and its Manifesto.
This meeting was a good example how interested and eager to engage in the Baltic Sea Region cooperation are young people of the CBSS Member States. Students from Saint Petersburg State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, St. Petersburg Association for International Cooperation, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, as well as Nordic Rise presented their project ideas and were offered some feedback in terms of how to hone their suggestions in targeted project applications. The CBSS Secretariat encouraged students to think carefully about the specific thematic angle or issue they would like to address in a project application and explore in greater detail the existing dense layer of the Baltic Sea Region-wide cooperative ties, networks and projects. CBSS Project Support Facility was outlined as one of the small-scale funding measures regularly offered to the Baltic Sea Region.
Students benefited not only from insights in the Baltic Sea Region-wide cooperation offered by the staff of the CBSS Secretariat. Anders Bergström, Coordinator of the EUSBSR Policy Area Education, Research and Employability, as well as Leader of the EUSBSR Horizontal Action Capacity, offered an introduction to the macro-regional governance and PA Education flagships. Camilla Wristel and Amanda Nilsson Bognár, representatives of the Swedish Institute, gave an overview of the cooperation programmes open for Russian institutions and other eligible entities.
- CBSS Presentation General by Daria Akhutina
- SRIA_StPetersburg by Zane Šime
- Baltic2030 by Olga Zuin
- EUSBSR_CBSS_students by Anders Bergström (Norden Association)
- Norden more than Scandinavia by Anders Bergström (Norden Association)
- CBSS meeting participants from Russia by Camilla Wristel and Amanda Nilsson Bognár (Swedish Institute)