UBC is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2021. We would like to invite you to share your personal UBC stories to be published in a special anniversary photo album.
From 30 October to 1 November 2020, the Goethe-Institut invites you together with over fifty partners from culture, science, arts and civil society to the hybrid pan-European Freiraum Festival in the framework of Germany’s EU Council presidency.
Cultural Cities Commission calls UBC cities and their partners to join Kaunas DesignFest/2020, that will take place on 21-24 October 2020.
As part of the UBC Brussels’ Antenna striving to connect UBC member cities with European stakeholders and increase involvement in dialogues with various stakeholders across Europe and wider, we are pleased to invite you to participate in this year's European Week of Regions and Cities. The sessions are in the form of workshops and participatory labs based on the exchange of knowledge and good practices.
It is time to nominate candidates for the Baltic Sea Award 2021.
The UBC member cities are invited to take part in the online workshop: Common Road Map for COOPERATION in BSR: Joint actions for Sustainable Region, organized within 11th EUSBSR Annual Forum on 6 October 2020, at 13.00 – 16.00 CET.
The Workshop aims to discuss the possible formats, actions and measures to undertake for further development of the cooperation between multilevel stakeholders in the EU and the North Western Russia, especially in the areas where such cooperation is needed and improves the efficiency of the EUSBSR and addresses the interests of both.
On September 19, people from different countries competed in waste collecting and sorting during the Clean Games events. More than 4000 participants collected 96 tons of garbage. All the events in the Baltic Sea basin were held within an international tournament called Clean Games Baltic Cup 2020.
UBC Safe Cities Commission, as a representative of the project ”ReSit - Situational Picture of Volunteerism for Societal Resilience in the Baltic Sea Region”, is asking to fill in and/or to forward the questionnaires in your organization/ administrative branch throughout your country.
The aim of the project is to create a situational picture of how authorities and volunteers co-operate in the field of civil protection in Baltic Sea Region, promote volunteer use and activities and to create recommendations for that matter.
Call for stories to the Baltic Cities Bulletin 2/2020: "Smart Development". The deadline for stories to the Bulletin is 5 October 2020.
Overview of the Bulletin 2/2020:
UBC is willing to take part in the European Commission tender concerning Technical Assistance for Macedonian Municipalities and to form a consortium with European Consulting Group. The purpose of the contract is to strengthen the administrative and technical capacities of Macedonian municipalities to successfully develop, implement and supervise innovative projects in specific areas.
This three-day online joint mobility conference is hosted by the Interreg BSR projects cities.multimodal, BSR electric and SUMBA. SCC Advisory Board member Steffen Nozon who is also representing the City of Rostock as a lead partner in the cities.multimodal project will give a presentation about multimodal mobility and its potential in making cities more sustainable. Guntars Ruskuls from the Riga City Development department and member of the SCC Advisory Board will give an introduction speech about Riga and the city’s mobility standpoint.
The Commission is launching a 1,5M € call for proposals to create innovative cultural hubs around cinema theatres, notably in areas where there is limited cinema and cultural infrastructure and where the the Covid 19 crisis has had a very strong impact. The Covid 19 pandemic has deeply affected the cinemas and has changed the cinema going experience in a dramatic way.
The Horizon2020 mPOWER project is now recruiting ambitious energy transition cities to participate in the mPOWER Digital course: Best Practices for a Successful Energy Transition.
The Clean Games Baltic Cup – international tournament will be held on 19 September 2020. Clean Games is an international environmental project that empowers people to see the problems of environmental pollution through the game.
Participants compete in cleaning and sorting of garbage in the contaminated area. All results and rating of participants during the game is reflected online in a special mobile application that allows to make the process more interactive.
Save the date for the BSR Mobility event of the year!
The Baltic Sea Region Mobility Summit 2020 will take place on September 8-10, 2020. This three-day joint mobility conference which is held online, is hosted by three Interreg BSR projects: cities.multimodal, BSR electric and SUMBA. Many of the partners in these projects represent UBC cities such as Riga, Tallinn, Tartu, Gdansk, Rostock, Kalmar, Karlskrona, Växjö, Aarhus and Guldborgsund.
A meeting of representatives of the Lithuanian member cities of the Union of the Baltic Cities took place in Kaunas on 28 July 2020.
Representatives of UBC city members from Kaunas, Palanga, Panevėžys, Tauragė cities and Klaipėda District attended the meeting. The most important issues like the changes that have been implemented and are planned to be implemented in the UBC organization, its future vision and strategic plan were considered during the meeting. The coordinators discussed the question of how this community of cities benefits its members.
The UBC member cities are welcome to take part in the online Sport4Values partners meeting and webinars on 30 July at 13:00 - 14:00 (EET).
The webinars will be held on three different topics. Two webinars will take place simultaneously and the materials of all the seminars will be shared online afterwards.
Join the Baltic Sea Youth Talent Pool!
Shape the future of the Baltic Sea Region!
WHAT: Open Call for the Working Groups of the BSYP
WHO: Young people between 18-30 years in/from/connected to the Baltic Sea Region
TOPICS: Advocacy, Power Box, Research, Culture & Cities, Communication, IT
WHY: A great opportunity to enhance your personal skills and contribute to a sustainable development of our region. No special skills are required, you only need to be open to new experiences.
In the midst of COVID-19-related uncertainty, Galeria EL Art Centre in Elbląg (Poland) came up with a simple yet clever idea, turning a spacious lawn in its publicly accessible courtyard into a green chessboard. The aim is to encourage outdoor activities while keeping safe distancing zones and combating drought at the same time.
Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) is the leading network of cities in the Baltic Sea Region with Member Cities from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Founded in 1991 in Gdańsk, UBC is a voluntary, proactive network mobilizing the shared potential of its member cities. UBC works through seven Commissions: Cultural Cities, Inclusive and Healthy Cities, Planning Cities, Safe Cities, Smart and Prospering Cities, Sustainable Cities, and Youthful Cities.
Union of the Baltic Cities, Northern Europe's largest city network has organized a webinar on the Future of Tourism on 16.06.2020.
More than 60 experts from the tourism and marketing sector have discussed the following questions:
Dear Climate action supporters,
I would like to invite you for an interactive webinar on the EU Climate Pact on 15 June at 13:30-15:30 CET. The webinar is targeted in particular at organisations and networks (formal and informal) interested in learning more about the Pact, and how we can work together. I am hoping that you will join our discussion. Please feel welcome and register HERE.
On 9 June, 2020 the first event of a series of online meetings presented by the UBC Cultural Cities Commission was held. The main goal of the cycle of online events is to create a space for open discussion, sharing knowledge and know-how, or, simply, inspiration. Also the webinars aim to serve as an informal space to meet and alltogether try to agree on what, in the time of pandemic and crisis alike, matters most, and why.
European City Facility first call for proposals is now open!
Municipalities and local authorities are encouraged to apply for financial support in the form of 60 000 € lump sums to develop investment concepts related to the implementation of actions identified in their climate and energy action plans.
The initiative consists of four calls of which the first opened on 25 May and closes on 2 October 2020.
International performing arts festival ConTempo is happy to announce the Adventure edition! The festival will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania on 21-23 August, 2020. We are looking for artists and collectives that are not afraid to dive into this adventure with us, as no one is completely sure how the world will look in August.
What are we looking for?
Artists and collectives from Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania with teams of up to 5 people.
Pomorskie Region Marshal and BSSSC Chairman Mieczysław Struk and the European Solidarity Centre together with the Pomorskie youth and climate activists invite to the BSSSC Spring Youth Event to take place online on 2-5 June 2020.
The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the coronavirus outbreak. Resolute actions are being taken to reinforce our public health sectors and mitigate the socio-economic impact in the European Union. All means are being mobilised to help Member States coordinate their national responses and objective information provided about the spread of the virus and effective efforts to contain it.
The Youth Team in EACEA announces the launch of the Erasmus+ European Youth Together Call for proposals (EYT2020, EACEA/10/2020). Please also see the Commission’s press corner https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/mex_20_865 and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel’s statement today https://twitter.com/GabrielMariya/status/1260152346505555968?s=20.
It has already been four years since the launch of UBC-CDP cooperation, and we have seen more than 25 of our member cities consistently reporting their environmental data demonstrating actions in climate change adaptation and mitigation in our region.
Part of the Baltic Sea Youth Platform is the second edition of the Baltic Sea Youth Camp in Turku, linked to the Annual Forum for the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
Annual Forum was postponed to October 2020 instead of June due to the current situation.
The Baltic Sea Youth Platform Team would like to use this time to enhance real participation of young people in the decision-making processes. They want to create an online event - a lead-in to the Baltic Sea Youth Camp 2020 - for youth interested in the issues of the Baltic Sea Region.
The 85th UBC Board meeting was held on 17 April 2020 – online for the very first time due to the coronavirus epidemic. The historical meeting hosted around 30 participants from all UBC countries.
On the agenda were, among others, action plans of the Commissions, UBC budget as well as strategy, policy, and projects.
“These days we are living now show that the UBC is needed. The changes we are going through will only strengthen us”, emphasized UBC President Mantas Jurgutis in his opening speech.
Fill in the attached an MS Excel file if you are interested in the Sport4Values project activities and outcomes. Please include these details: Organisation name, lead person name, lead person email address, organization address, sector (youth/sport/community development or other), type (NGO / social enterprise or other).
‘Sport for Values’ project aims at identifying good practice, developing practical tools and disseminating them through a series of workshops, training and conferences for urban sports development.
As you know, the UBC meetings have been postponed or moved online. We stay at home, but we keep in touch what now seems to be more important than ever before. We all share this horrible experience, though the approaches and measures differ from country to country.
The #Light4You project is a joint initiative of the Municipality of Budapest and the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association.
The “For You!” message is displayed by turning the lights on in selected hotel rooms. Through this small yet evident gesture, Budapest is expressing its solidarity with other cities that are similarly affected by the corona crisis.
We would be grateful if your city would also consider joining the initiative and share solidarity around the world.
Please find attached our PRESS RELEASE and photos. Photo credit: Tamás Lénárd.
Dear UBC Friends,
The coronavirus outbreak has changed our lives dramatically. It deeply hit our families, societies, economies and daily life in the cities. This is the time, when unity, active citizenship and leadership of change are the crucial values paving the way to better tomorrow.
UrbCulturalPlanning (UCP) is an Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) flagship project, running from January 2019 until June 2021. Its main method is to use culture and creativity to improve living in the neighbourhoods in cities or in rural areas in the BSR.
The partners of the Baltic Sea Youth Platform project, funded by Erasmus+ programme, want to hear your opinion to create an innovative, useful and sustainable Baltic Sea Youth Platform.
A survey was created where everyone can state their opinion on how the BSYP should look like.
The survey is available at: https://www.cbss.org/baltic-sea-youth-platform-development-survey-2/
The Mayor of Rostock wrote a letter of support to all partners and co-operating cities calling for solidarity in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our cities, our families, our businesses, communities and our way of life. The circumstances and the time of uncertainty added additional responsibilities upon us and yet it opened more space to creative energy than any other time in recent history. Moreover, this moment reminds us that we are all connected like never before.
Representatives from Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland participated in the meeting. The members discussed and shared their knowledge and experience gained in these past weeks.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the organisers decided to postpone the 11th Annual Forum. The new dates have now been confirmed: the forum will take place in Turku, Finland on 19–20 October 2020.
Stay tuned to the Annual Forum website www.annualforum2020.eu/en and Twitter with the hashtag #eusbsrforum2020 for updates on new schedules for registration and other practical matters.
Due to Coronavirus outbreak and its implications, the organisers of the EUSBSR Annual Forum decided to postpone the event and it will now be held on 19-20 October 2020 in Turku. Also the School to Work Seminar has a new date and will be held in Turku on 21 October 2020.
You can now propose your own idea for a 50 minute- workshop to be held during the seminar. Proposed workshops should be under one or more of the following themes:
It’s a new decade and time to renew ourselves and reactivate our UBC network. The most important element of our network is our members: the cities and municipalities around the Baltic Sea Region. We want to engage you and your city in new ways of meeting and cooperating. Hereby we are launching a call for interest to host a UBC SCC event in your city!
The event will be tailored to the needs of your city. Below you can find the descriptions of the type of events we have successfully organized with our UBC member cities in the past.
The City of Turku and UBC Planning Cities Commission and Sustainable Cities Commission send the first invitation to the joined seminar in Turku, Finland, 24-27 May 2020.
The main theme will be:
“LIVEABLE CITY. Combining history and contemporary life in urban space”
The programme and registration form will be provided soon.
Due to the latest developments regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the organizers have taken the decision to cancel the physical seminar and to hold a webinar.
The next Bulletin "Livable cities for residents of all age groups" will provide a space for sharing best practices on issues facing urban planning, construction and architecture among UBC member cities on building livable cities for residents of all ages.
Your stories might describe one or more of the following topics:
The Clean Games internship will be held in St. Petersburg on 23-26 April 2020. The aim o fthe events is to learn how to hold an ecological game.
European Business Centre in cooperation with the Union of the Baltic Cities invite to participate in the 8th edition of the National Energy Summit OSE Gdańsk 2020, which will be held on 8-9 June in Gdańsk.
The leading theme of this edition is “Energy for Economy- Economy for Energy Sector”.
CBSS and its project partners – among other the UBC – are happy to announce that the project “Baltic Sea Youth Platform (BSYP)” has received funding from Erasmus+.
The platform will empower youth in the Baltic Sea Region starting 1 February 2020. The project period ends in August 2022, and the total amount received from the Erasmus+ fund is 240.000€.
The project has 3 focus areas:
The next partners' meeting of the Sport4Values project will take place in Greece on 7-10 July 2020.
During the meeting, the main urban sports facilities and mainstream sports centers in the cities of Thermi and Larissa will be visited. This will be one of the last Sport4Values partners' meetings, so the previous meetings/events will be summed up. Also the upcoming European Week of Sport 2020 will be on the agenda.
A draft programme of the meeting:
Arrival (pick-up will be taken care of by the hotel)
New report on UBC cities’ environmental data disclosure to CDP highlights adaptation actions to extreme weather events.
The representatives of the UBC member cities are invited to an academic course on Transnational Public Adminstration which is arranged by Södertörn University in cooperation with Swedish Institute.
This academic course have been developed over the year and is now carried out for the first time. The deadline for application is 31 January 2020.
On 10–12 December 2019 the project “Youth for safer youth” kick-off meeting took place in Liepāja together with UBC Safe Cities Commission meeting.
The youth and their representatives from Liepāja, Riga, Kaunas and Espoo, as well as security experts from Liepāja, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Tallinn, Tartu, Turku and Lahti participated in the meeting. A questionnaire about youth safety feeling and the possible solutions to raise the safety in the Baltic Sea Region will be developed within the project.
UBC Task Force supporting Youth employment and well-being arranged in cooperation with the Skåne Association of Local Authorities a study visit in Malmö on 3 and 4 December 2019.
Study visit focused on newly arrived immigrants and others who need help with their basic skills in finding their fastest and best path to the labour market and participation in society. The main themes of the two-day program were as follows:
Nordic Place Branding Conference 2020, Oslo, 2.04.2020
This conference focuses on making a change in places to drive economic growth, wellbeing for locals and attract talents. There will be presented Nordic examples from big, medium and small towns, national level and international best practises.
Professionals working with economic or urban development, marketing or investment promotion at cities and regions will benefit from Nordic cities and regions that have made a difference with their work, e.g., Gothenburg - European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020.
In parallel with the European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference in Cork (14 & 15 May 2020), a series of local EMD events, the EMD In My Country events will take place all over Europe for the public at large.
The new Baltic Cities Bulletin "Safe city for everyone" is now available!
A sense of safety is one of the most important needs for any human being. If people feel safe, they can become more productive and active as citizens. And safe citizens can make our cities more positive and welcoming to other visitors. This issue of the Bulletin features the examples of how the cities deal with the safety challenges. What does a safe city mean today?
The next partners' meeting of the Sport4values project will be held in Portimao, Portugal on 14-17th December 2019.
During the meeting, the participants will focus on the “Health and Wellbeing” topic - they will visit the main urban sports facilities, sports centers, have many discussions, and define the future of the Sport4Values project.
The organisers will cover the expenses of 3 people from each of our partner countries. Please, inform your community partners, and get back to me with the final number of your participants no later than the 22nd November.
It is time to nominate candidates for the Baltic Sea Award 2020 - the person who or organization which have done meaningful and outstanding achievements for the Baltic Sea environment. The candidates can be active in the fields of science, culture, or in environmental movements. Authorities or decision-makers in the business world or public administration can also be nominated.
The nominations shall be submitted by November 15th 2019.
The second call for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region seed money has been open. The deadline for sending applications is on 9 December 2019.
Planning Cities Commission held the seminar in Gdynia on 27–30 October 2019. About 50 participants from UBC cities together with local planners took part.
On the 16 October the UBC Cultural Cities Commission has held an annual meeting in Kaunas Artists’ House, the event was organised in a context of the XV UBC General Conference. During the meeting, the current activities of member cities were presented, as well as the recent and future collaborations revealed.
The XV UBC General Conference, held in Kaunas on 15–18 October, has elected a new Presidium and Executive Board. The new UBC President is Mantas Jurgutis, Deputy Mayor of Kaunas. The Vice-Presidents are Elina Rantanen (1st Vice-President), Chairperson of Turku City Council, Piotr Grzelak, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk, Vyacheslav Kalganov from the city of St. Petersburg and Jorgen Kristiansen from the city of Kristiansand.
The main plenary sessions during the XV UBC General Conference (15-18 Oct., Kaunas) “Inclusive Cities” and “Culture as Catalyst for Cities’ Development” can be watched live at www.bit.ly/ubc-youtube.
Streaming times are Wednesday 16 October at 13.30–15.00 and 15.30–17.00. In addition, workshop “STEAM – Science and Technology Path for Every Child and Youngster / TF on Youth Employment and Well Being” will be streamed on Wednesday 16 October at 9.30–12.00.
A sense of safety is one of the most important needs for any human being. If people feel safe, they can become more productive and active as citizens. And safe citizens can make our cities more positive and welcoming to other visitors.
The Editorial Board would like to invite the UBC cities to send their stories on the safety issues, e.g. on projects and solutions to ensure the citizens become safer.
The stories should be sent to email@example.com by 29 October 2019.
During quite many years the City of Rostock has been an active and innovative member of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC). It is my sincere hope, that the good cooperation in many fields during a long period will continue to the benefit of the city of Rostock, the UBC and the Baltic area as a whole.
The UBC welcomes Mr Claus Ruhe Madsen as Oberbürgermeister.
Per Bødker Andersen
President of the UBC
The UBC member cities are welcome to join the Sport4Values project meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania on 26-29 September 2019.
The participants will talk about the Sport4Values journey from the beginning of 2019. The findings from two of the study visits will be shared, and also the questions of urban sports importance in cities' development, youth values, equality, and inclusion will be discussed.
The first Sport4Values conference will take place on 27 September.
The European Commission has launched a 'Review of the action plan of the macro-regional strategy for the Baltic sea Region (EUSBSR)' to make sure the EUSBSR responds to the challenges and opportunities of the coming years.
The Global Urban Observatory unit of the UN-Habitat is compiling data on Indicator 11.3.2: Proportion of cities with a direct participation structure of civil society in urban planning and management that operate regularly and democratically for cities and urban areas and is asking to fill in the questionnaire.
The City of Klaipeda and UBC Working Group on Gender Equality will have a workshop on gender equality topic during XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas on 15 October 2019, website http://ubc.kaunas.lt/
Before the workshop the organisers would like to gather some information from all countries participants. They ask for sharing the questionnaire among young people.
The questionnaire is at: https://bit.ly/32oGAuj
The UBC members are welcome to take part in the Clean Games Baltic Cup, that will be held in the Baltic Sea Region on 21 September 2019.
The City of Gdynia is the host of the Planning Cities Commission seminar on 27-30 October 2019.
The main theme to be discussed is:
“GREENING THE CITIES – URBAN OPEN GREEN AREAS”
More information: http://ubc.net/ubc-events/planning-cities-commission-seminar-gdynia
The XV UBC General Conference “Building an inclusive and resident-focused city. The Baltic way” will be held on 15–18 October 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The conference hosts top-level speakers across the Baltic Sea Region.
Confirmed speakers (as of September 2019):
New report on UBC cities’ environmental data disclosure to CDP highlights increased interest in resilience and growing ambition in climate mitigation and adaptation among the cities.
The 10th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR was held on 12–13 June in Gdansk, the home city of UBC Secretariat.
During the conference days, UBC co-organised the Baltic Youth Camp with over 100 young people, the 3rd Participation Day and a seminar on the topic of “Recognising potential – easing the way for migrants”. In addition, UBC organised a Stakeholder Seminar to partners around the BSR.
UBC conference “Supporting Youth Employment and the Implementation of the Youth Guarantee - The Good, The Bad and The Next Practices from Baltic Sea Region” was held on 20 May 2019 in Brussels, in the Committee of the Regions.
The Conference concentrated on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Baltic Sea Region and successful networking and the best practices of peer development. Also, examples of good practices of the work with NEETs and Early school leavers were presented.
Watch live stream on 20 May at 13.00–18, from Committee of the Regions in Brussels:
"Supporting Youth Employment and the Implementation of the Youth Guarantee
– The Good, the Bad and Next Practices from the Baltic Sea Region"
On 4 June 2019 in Riga there will be an innovative and interactive role-playing workshop in the framework of the VASAB (macro-regional cooperation on spatial planning and development in the Baltic Sea Region) initiated ESPON project “Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region 2050”. A workshop with inspiring colleagues to provoke thinking out of the box, stimulate food for thought and develop creative ideas.
The Global Urban Observatory unit of the UN-Habitat is compiling data on Indicator 11.3.2: Proportion of cities with a direct participation structure of civil society in urban planning and management that operate regularly and democratically for cities and urban areas.
The UBC member cities are invited to the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region that will take place in Gdańsk, Poland, 12–13 June 2019.
The UBC Cities are warmly invited to the Stakeholder seminar – Regions and Municipalities involvement in the EUSBSR, that will take place on 11 June 2019 at 16.00 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdańsk, Długi Targ 19, and to the networking reception dinner at 18.00.
The new Baltic Cities Bulletin "Cities’ co-operation beyond the Baltic Sea Region" is now available!
This issue features the examples of the co-operation beyond our region. Why do the cities look for alliances far from their borders? They establish contacts with peers from other regions facing comparable sustainable development challenges. Through bilateral or multilateral projects they work on solutions to particular problems, share knowledge and best practices. This co-operation becomes very often a long-standing one, taking a form of twinning.
The 83rd Executive Board Meeting of the UBC was held on 23–26 April 2019 in St. Petersburg. On the meeting agenda were, among others, preparations for the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas on 15–18 October 2019, 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Gdańsk in June, proposal of cooperation with VASAB, WG on Gender Equality project proposal, Shore Power and the Cruise Industry, The Baltic Sea House initiative, Anti-radicalisation BOX project, Empowering participatory budgeting in the Baltic Sea region, and UBC budget 2019.
Now the registration to the UBC Safe Cities Commission meeting is open!
On 20-21 May 2019, a Forum for ecological municipal building construction 'Komunalwood 2019' will be organised in Gdańsk.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Östersjöfonden (the Baltic Sea Foundation), the delegation of the foundation has decided to award four persons who, through their extensive life work, have engaged in improving the Baltic Sea environment.
Two of the awards came to Turku, as the former UBC board member, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Chair and Environmental Manager of the City of Turku Mikko Jokinen and Professor of Marine Biology at the Åbo Akademi University Erik Bonsdorff got the award.
Successful collaboration between organisations and people in the Baltic Sea Region requires broadest possible mobilization and participation of stakeholders in all respective countries.
The Participation Day offers an opportunity for local and regional stakeholders to get involved in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. It is, as usual, arranged in connection to the EUSBSR Annual Forum.
Time: Tuesday 11 June 2019
Venue: Polskie niebo, Augustyńskiego 1, Gdańsk
The main topic of this year's Forum is Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
The fourth conference of the Flagship School to Work will be held in Gdańsk on the 11th of June. This year the conference will have focus on sustainable and coherent strategies from school to work – finding a red thread from preventative work in schools to education and outreach work for NEETs.
The conference will cover all three areas of Flagship´s actions and is welcoming participants in workshops and co-creation.
The Conference will be held on 4 June 2019 in Riga, Latvia.
Upon agreement between AEBR and the DG REGIO, the 2nd Call for Proposals deadline has been extended until the 12.04.2019.
The follow up of the Baltic Leadership Programme on 2030 Agenda is being organized. The UBC Cities are invited to be part of the programme in representation of their country/ministry.
Module 1: 11-12 April 2019, Riga, Latvia 2030 Agenda as a framework for local development. The module will inspire and develop capacity on how the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs can be localized and used as strategic policy- and action-guiding frameworks;
By initiating the competition “European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020”, the European Commission aims to honor remarkable, innovative and sustainable achievements of European cities.
Jūrmala is looking for project partners from European countries to build action planning network to change local policies regarding education, exchange knowledge and develop a Local Action Plan.
The Sport 4 Values Partner Initiation Workshop will be held in Kaunas on Kaunas, 26-28.03.19.
‘Sport for Values’ project aims at identifying good practice, developing practical tools and disseminating them through a series of workshops, training and conferences for urban sports development.
UBC is an associated partner in this project.
The costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for 3 persons from the UBC member cities (1 person from a city) will be refunded, on the first come first served basis. The other participants will pay by themselves.
UBC Youthful Cities Commission invites to its open meeting in Kolding on 29 April – 2 May 2019. Also, the registration to the Baltic Sea Youth Camp has been opened.
One of the topics of the meeting in Kolding will be the youth involvement in political processes, but also planning of the upcoming UBC Youth Conference in October back-to-back with and in cooperation with the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Register now to the conference “Supporting Youth Employment and the Implementation of the Youth Guarantee - The Good, The Bad and The Next Practices from Baltic Sea Region” that will be held on 20 May 2019 in Brussels, in the Committee of the Regions.
Local authorities can apply until 8 March under one or several of the 5 following thematic modules, to learn with mentor cities, regions and energy agencies, who will share with them their knowledge and expertise through peer-to-peer learning activities:
1. Transport – Revolving / investment funds
Many UBC cities look for alliances far beyond their borders to find solutions to major societal and environmental challenges they face nowadays. Through bilateral or multilateral projects they work on particular problems, share knowledge and best practices. This co-operation becomes very often a long-standing one, taking a form of twinnings.
The UBC members are welcome to take part in the Clean Games internship, that will be held in St. Petersburg on 16-19 May 2019, to learn how to hold an ecological game.
We call upon member cities, commissions and other UBC structures, partner organisations, to join our General Conference in Kaunas, not only by participating but by co-creating the programme together.
The XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas, 15-18 October 2019, would focus on the questions of inclusiveness.
Nordic Place Branding Conference 2019 takes place on 3 April 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Why come? It’ll be 200 people networking and listening to inspiring cases on digital marketing investment promotion, talent attraction, destination marketing and placemaking. Nordic and European places big and small.
A few examples:
The organisers of the 10th EUSBSR Forum, to be held in Gdańsk on 12-13 June 2019, invite all strategic stakeholders to participate and propose seminars for the event.
Seminars are an essential part of the Annual Forums of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). They serve to exchange views on themes pertinent for the EUSBSR as well as to develop and disseminate new ideas and initiatives.
The assesment criteria:
Per Bødker Andersen, President of UBC
The news of Paweł’s death came as shock to me. It is so painful to accept that he is gone! There are no words to express my grief and sorrow.
Please convey my deepest sympathy to his family, friends, co-workers. I am with them in my thoughts in this difficult moments. I stand in solidarity with all Gdańsk inhabitants, in condemnation of this act of violence.
We are shocked and speechless after the death of Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, who was stabbed at the charity event yesterday evening.
No words to express our grief and sorrow. He will be remembered as a friend of UBC, an open-minded person so much devoted to the city of Gdańsk!
We are with his family, the city and inhabitants in our thoughts.
Condolences from the UBC President and the member cities: http://ubc.net/content/condolences-ubc-president-and-member-cities
Projekt Hansa is organising the first edition of its Annual Youth Conference to promote partnerships and mutual understanding between young people from Northern Europe, and exchange views on business and cultural topics of concern to the new generations.
The event is set to take place in Brussels (Belgium) at the European Parliament on 20 February — with arrivals on the 19th. The agenda comprises two panels on Northern European trade and culture, as well as workshops dedicated to communication, leadership, and networking.
We have been deeply grieved to receive the sad news about terrible accident in Koszalin leading to the tragic loss of 5 teenagers. Let us convey our sincere condolences and extend strongest compassion to their families and all Koszalin inhabitants. We are with you in our thoughts in these difficult moments.
The UBC Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission met in Karlstad at its annual meeting in October 2018. The theme of the meeting was 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. We had a general presentation and introduction of the global goals and how we can integrate the global goals with the work in the Commission. On 30 October we had a workshop focusing on selecting a goal that is relevant to the Commission’s work.
The 10th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Gdańsk on 12-13th June 2019. The Forum will be hosted by the Pomorskie Region together with the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation in close cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and other partners.
About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will come together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
Cultural Cities Commission sends out the questionnaire for member cities and their representatives.
The questionnaire is created with an aim to know the members and their needs better, also to ascertain the possible collaboration between each other and stakeholders. The most relevant information will be made public and accessible to other partner cities beginning with the year 2019.
On 29 November 2018, within the framework of the International Youth Forum of the Baltic Sea States, the Government of St. Petersburg hosted a round table on the strategic interaction of St. Petersburg with the Union of Baltic Cities.
The parties discussed the prospects for bilateral cooperation and identified priority areas for the next year. One of the main issues discussed at the round table was the meeting of the UBC Executive Board in St. Petersburg in March 2019.
Watch live stream from UBC Seminar on International City Marketing starting on 29 November at 15.00 CET at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFoZf2t6PyE7wpjvTSkpVKg?view_as=subscriber&fbclid=IwAR2vk7Px4j-iGY5Isx3w0ZoxL6e7oQPaak7k9tn2gFSdPK0iE_-q7yYkYv0
The application process for the European Youth Capital 2022 competition is already open!
The European Youth Capital initiative is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum. It is granted to a European city for a period of one year that puts young people at the core of the city’s social, economic, cultural and political life. The applicant cities are asked to submit an application outlining their past performance in the youth field, their motivation, the key challenges facing young people, and a multi-faceted programme of activities designed to meet them.
The UN Global Goals and annual meeting of Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission in Karlstad, Sweden.
During the 29th and 30th of October Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission have carried out annual meeting in Karlstad, Sweden.
UBC together with South Baltic Programme, Central Baltic Programme and Interreg Botnia – Atlantica heartily invites to the webinar on EU funding programmes and Interreg South Baltic Programme call for projects open till 18 December.
The webinar takes place on 4 December 2018 at 13.30–15.15 (CET).
The experts: Jennifer Billowie from South Baltic Programme, Elisa Bertieri from Central Baltic Programme and Jon Fransson from Interreg Botnia – Atlantica will inform about their Programmes and projects. They will be also happy to answer your questions.
UBC Member Cities are warmly invited to the International Forum of the Baltic Sea States, which is held by the St. Petersburg University of Management Technologies on 28 November - 2 December 2018. The forum is aimed at finding new ways to develop cooperation with the countries of the Baltic Sea Region.
The UBC Executive Board meeting in Malmö on 18 October discussed, inter alia, the development of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and especially UBC`s role as a coordinator of the Horizontal Action Capacity. UBC shares this important role together with the Baltic Sea NGO Network and the Swedish Institute.
Planning Cities Commission held the annual seminar in cooperation with Region Gotland in Visby on 21–24 October 2018. About 40 participants from UBC cities together with ten local planners joined the seminar.
Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage city and the main town on Gotland with 25 000 inhabitants, is located on the northwest coast of the island, about 100 km from the Swedish mainland.
On 8–11 October representatives of the Youthful Cities around the Baltic Sea met in Rostock. A total of 21 participants (youth and civil servants) from 11 cities had made their way to Germany. Also, two youth board members from the Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation were invited.
The main working themes of this meeting were: the “Charter on Local Youth Work”, “EU Competence model for international youth work”, “Youth and UBC General Conference 2019” as well as a cultural experiences of Rostock City.
The UBC Executive Board met on 17–19 October in Malmö. In the beginning of the meeting on 18 October, the Board held a silent moment in memory of Armas Lahoniitty, a former Mayor of Turku and former Vice-President of the UBC.
The meeting was opened by UBC President Per Bødker Andersen and the Mayor of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.
We are sad to announce that former Mayor of Turku and former Vice-President of the UBC Armas Lahoniitty has passed away at the age of 74.
During his career, Armas Lahonitty placed great value on especially international cooperation. The UBC Executive Board held a silent moment in memory of Armas Lahoniitty in the beginning of the Board meeting in Malmö on 18 October.
Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Union of Polish Organisations in Sweden and Kashubian Education Center „Vademe” invite to the project proposal called “Solidarity Remembrance”, which will utilise the LARP (Live Action Role Play) concept to present the role of the Solidarity movement during the late 1980s. The project was developed at the Making Waves seminar held in Gdańsk in October.
This project is to be executed within the EU programme for European Remembrance, which supports projects that reflect on the meaning and consequences of major historical turning points during the 20th century in Europe.
UBC and the City of Rostock invite you to get updated with the currents of international city, business and NGO marketing in Rostock on 28–29 November 2018! Registrationis now open at http://bit.ly/UBCcomm
The seminar is part of the work of UBC's Communications Network and is open to all representatives of the UBC cities who are interested in the topics of international communications and marketing.
Time and venue
28–29 November 2018, Rostock City Hall
It is time to nominate candidates for the Baltic Sea award 2019.
The organisers seek the person who or organization which have done meaningful and outstanding achievements for the Baltic Sea environment. The candidates can be active in the fields of science, culture, or in environmental movements. Authorities or decision-makers in the business world or public administration can also be nominated.
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and National Maritime Museum in Gdansk organise an international forum entitled Cultural Heritage in Promotion and Development of the Baltic Sea Region, to be held on 28 – 30 November 2018 in Gdańsk.
ERRIN and Inova+ are supporting ESPON in organising a series of transnational outreach events across Europe. In October there will be two seminars:
- in Växjö on October 2nd 2018. The seminar will examine Economic development in rural regions – new thinking and policies in finding and exploiting endogenous capacities https://www.espon.eu/vaxjo
- in Tallinn on October 16th 2018, the workshop will examine New challenges and thinking for spatial planning systems https://www.espon.eu/tallinn
The Swedish Institute seeks to strengthen Sweden's relations and develop cooperation with the countries around the Baltic Sea and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
The Swedish Institute provides funding for project cooperation in the region. During the autumn there are new calls for two financing instruments: Seed funding for cooperation projects and funding for Third Country Participation.
The conference on Extended Youth Guarantee will take place on the 17th of October at the Stockholm Region EU Office on Avenue Marnix 28 in Brussels.
The purpose of the conference is to highlight successful initiatives that have taken place at national and transnational level. During the event there will be a platform for exchange of opinions from various actors about successful efforts in the past that have provided valuable inputs for continuous work but require a common vision for the entire EU.
UBC and the City of Rostock invite you to get updated with the currents of international city, business and NGO marketing in Rostock on 28–29 November 2018!
The seminar is part of the work of UBC's Communications Network and is open to all representatives of the UBC cities who are interested in the topics of international communications and marketing.
Time and venue
28–29 November 2018, Rostock City Hall
Themes and speakers
The next Bulletin will provide a space for sharing best practices on youth involvement and empowerment on the local and regional levels in the BSR and for discussing different approaches to active youth involvement in all ten Baltic Sea countries.
Involving the youth in the decision-making, fostering young people's participation in civic and democratic life and supporting the youth empowerment are today high on the UBC agenda. The youth want to be talked with, not to!
The Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week ends with the magical night of ancient bonfires!
Come to the shore of the Baltic Sea at sunset on August 25 and enjoy a bonfire or light one yourself. The sea unites all of us. It is a link between our neighbours, fellow-countrymen and people from all around the Baltic Sea.
Knowledge Platforms of Prevention of Early School Leaving and Integration of Newly Arrived Refugees invite to participate to study visit in Kristiansand, Norway, 17-18 September 2018.
The ways and methods of integration of newly arrived refugees will be presented.
Among the topics there are: Kongsgaard School Center - Collaboration with «Newly Arrived Refugees Integration Programme». Identifying knowledge and skills in order to plan educational programs
- Individual plan and long-term planning
- Industry-specific internship/practical work placement
Rūta Stepanovaitė, a culture manager from Kaunas, Lithuania with a background in visual arts, is a new Cultural Cities Commission chair. She is also the head of Kaunas Artists’ House (KAH) in Lithuania, an institution with a history of 46 years, and counting. The Commission invites to cooperation and is looking now for a host of the next Commission's meeting. The proposals should be sent until 10 August 2018.
Over the last few years Smart Specialisation has become a key instrument for place-based development. It now represents the most comprehensive policy experience on innovation-driven development in Europe.
For this reason, the Swedish Institute together with its collaboration partners has developed a Baltic Leadership Programme on Smart Specialisation (BLP S3).
BLP S3 addresses the needs and challenges of S3-stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region when developing and implementing their work on S3.
Swedish Institute together with cooperation partners is developing a training programme with the intent to tackle the challenges of youth participation in the Bioeconomy sector.
BLP Youth addresses the need to better integrate younger generations into the field of Bioeconomy. Youth (up to 30 years of age) are vital for renewing and innovating the sector, which is necessary in the transition from a fossil based to a bio based society/economy, but today necessary links and methods for attracting and involving youth are lacking.
UBC Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission will held a meeting in Karlstad, Sweden, 30 - 31 of October 2018.
The theme for the meeting/workshop will be:
Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission and the Global Goals 2030
- How can we use the Global Goals for sustainable development in our commission?
- How can our work in the Commission contribute to achieving the goals?
More information and a detailed schedule will be announced in the beginning of September.
The INTA 42 Congress will be held in Rostock on 19-21 September 2018.
The title of the Congress: "The hidden value of medium-sized cities".
Registration is available at: https://inta-aivn.org/en/activities/exchange/congress/inta42/registration
The UBC Smart and Prospering Cities Commission will contribute with a presentation to this event.
UBC Safe Cities Commission met in Lahti on 12-14 June 2018 to hold its first meeting of the year.
Youth safety issues, organizing of large-scale events, climate change and collaboration between institutions were the main topics of the meeting.
The meeting participants on the arrival day were warmly welcomed at the Lahti City Hall by Lahti Mayor Mika Mäkinen who expressed gratitute for the opportunity to share their safety challenges and experiences in safety issues.
The motto of the AEBR Cross Border Award "Sail of Papenburg" for 2018 is Education and Employment in Cross-Border Regions.
Corina Creţu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy and Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions will be the patron this year.
The increasing digitization is changing all municipal processes and it redefines relations between a city and a society, and also between a city and a region. The seminar held in Malmö on 29 May 2018 by Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Baltic Development Forum (BDF) gathered answers to this disruptive revolution.
The first part of the seminar started with two perspectives on how to deal with the potentials and challenges of digitalization in the Cities of Hamburg and Malmö.
Marine or „blue“ biotechnology is a young field of modern biotechnology, based, upon well established traditions of basic science at universities of the Northern European shores. With the rise of the blue biotech business sector, biological ressources from marine habitats become more and more interesting. Due to their ability to adapt to harsh ocean environments, marine organisms are a promising source for new medical drugs, new enzymes for food and feed production and provide alternative ways of producing chemicals.
Young people in the Baltic Sea Region have expressed their willingness and commitment to take action and implement the 2030 Agenda, and to this purpose they have established the ReGeneration 2030 Movement. The first Summit will take place on the 18-20 August in Åland, where youth will develop a Manifesto declaring their engagement towards the achievement of the SDGs, in particular SDG12. This Manifesto will be delivered to the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and will be complemented by and Action Plan defining the way to fulfill these commitments.
The 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Tallinn on 4–5 June 2018. About 700 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will come together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in close cooperation with the European Commission and other partners.
The cities and city institutions can send their exchange proposals, partner search queries, news and events to the UBC Secretariat.
The UBC is expected to be a platform for collaboration and development of cities around the Baltic Sea, a forum to find partners for projects and interesting best practices, and also an agent that spread out the cities’ innovative solutions, ideas and news.
The UBC website and social media channels are perfect tools for promotion.
The conference Flagship School to Work: Navigation and Guidance followed by study visit will be held on 18 June 2018 in Stockholm. You are most welcome to take part in the conference, feed in ideas on topics to be discussed in the groups or learn more on what has been achieved so far in the Baltic Sea Region.
Region Gotland and the UBC Planning Cities Commission invite to a joint seminar in Visby on 21–24 October 2018.
UBC Youthful Cities Commission was active in the last two European strategy forums for the Baltic Sea Region. On June 4th at the EU Strategy for BSR Forum in Tallinn the Commission is coorganising together with Council of Baltic Sea States, Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation and Euroregion Baltic the third edition of the seminar "Nothing about us without us".
As a direct followup of the previous seminars in Stockholm and Berlin, this year the focus will be on digital tools to raise participation of youth.
The Smart and Prospering Cities Commission will be hosting a seminar during this year’s Fehmarnbelt Days in Malmö on 29 May 2018 together with Baltic Development Forum. The organizers call for cities who are interested in contributing to the central discussion of urban digitalization and the impact of city collaboration.
The seminar “Digitalization from an urban perspective – Potentials through City Collaboration and Regionalization” is separated into two parts:
Last year SIWI Swedish Water House and Race for the Baltic (RFTB) run the project “Baltic Sea Pioneers for better water pollution monitoring and reporting”. The policy brief that concludes the recommendations that came out from the project is attached. The recommendations are based on the project research and workshop discussion with more than 100 participants from local, national and regional stakeholders. In brief, the project concludes that
The UBC Planning Cities Commission calls the UBC member cities to sign up as hosts of the next seminars in 2019, 2020 and later!
The Commission organizes seminars/workshops together with 1-2 different UBC cities every year. This year the meeting will be held in Visby, Gotland in the end of October.
This issue presents the challenges and achievements in integration of immigrants and refugees. The cities' stories show e.g. what measures have been taken to welcome the migrants in our societies, how the integration of new citizens as full members of the society has been supported.
Also, it contains:
The 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum will be organised in Tallinn, Estonia, on 4-5 June 2018! Registration is open until 18 May.
Three plenaries with internationally acknowledged speakers, 21 seminars encompassing a variety of topics timely to the EUSBSR, and live demonstration to show rescuers on the field. Networking Village with valuable contacts and Speakers corner with outstanding ideas.
The event has been planned together with the Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities. Last year the first Participation Day gathered some 60 stakeholders to Berlin. In total 21 project proposals were presented.
Forum for ecological municipal building construction 'Komunalwood 2018' is now taking place in Gdańsk. UBC is one of the co-organisers of the Forum.
The main aim of this event is promotion of modern standards in wooden, passive and energy efficient buildings’ construction of public facilities. Technologies and good practices in this field are presented. Yesterday the participants during the study tour learned about completed modular public facilities in Gdańsk: kindergarten, nursery, municipal building.
Vilnius based Early music ensemble Canto Fiorito in collaboration with Austrian ensemble Musica Antiqua Salzburg has developed original musical and educational project "The Hanseatic Way: a Musical Journey Through the Shared Past” which presents music by composers of XVI-XVII c. c. from the Hanseatic League countries, including Germany, Sweden, Poland, Latvia/Estonia and Lithuania.
Happy Easter from the UBC Secretariat!
The third conference of the Flagship School to Work will be held on 18 June 2018 in Stockholm at premises of SALAR (Hornsgatan 20. This year conference will have focus on methods and approaches that prove to give positive outcomes both locally and transnationally. Conference will cover all three areas of Flagship´s actions.
This is a great loss for the city and the UBC. Let us convey our sincere condolences. John will always be remembered as a very positive, warm-hearted person, a good friend.
Save the date of the 9th Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, held at Tallinn Creative Hub on 4–5 June 2018.
The invitation letter from Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia is attached.
More information: https://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/9th-annual-forum
Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea Region offers Swedish actors the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from Russia or the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership in a current EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
“Sharing the European Dream”
12–14 March 2018, Rostock
ESPON, the EU cooperation programme, and the Association of European Border Regions invite to participate in a survey on the Cross-border Public Services (CPS).
The City of Kaunas took over the Cultural Cities Commission chairmanship in 2018 and it calls for members of the Commission's steering committee.
The steering committee/advisory board will be the driving force of the Commission. It is expected to make the management more effective and help to develop the Commission's activities.
Interested cities are welcome to contact:
CBSS Project Support Facility Call for projects that put culture at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation and empower the future-builders of the region is now open!
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. The call is open for projects that focus on either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth.
CDP, the global climate change disclosure non-profit organisation, and the leading city network in the Baltic Sea Region, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), agreed on a two-year MoU to increase the number of Baltic Sea Region cities using systematic reporting of their climate change related actions. After the first year of cooperation UBC more than doubled the number of member cities using the platform and the goal for 2018 is to get up to 50 UBC cities involved.
As of 1 February 2018 Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) will be managing the EU pilot initiative “b-solutions”, which is a 2-year project financed by the EU budget and promoted by the European Commission’s DG REGIO as one of the actions proposed in the referred Communication “Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions”. The Call for Proposals is now open until 30 April 2018.
The next Bulletin will provide a space for further discussions after the Conference in Rostock and will be devoted to the integration. How to make a shift in thinking: ‘from a stranger to a neighbour’?
43 cities have responded so far to the inquiry sent to the UBC cities in November 2017. 41 posts have been published on the UBC website and on Facebook.
The aim of the inquiry was to get broader knowledge about cities’ needs and interests. The cities and city institutions still can send their exchange proposals, partner or investor search queries, etc. to the UBC Secretariat.
The European Social Economy Regions 2018 pilot has just been launched by Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The key objective of the pilot is to raise awareness about social economy at regional and local level and encourage regions to set up networks of regional social economy stakeholders.
The first study visit of the year will take place in Gävle, Sweden. The first seminars organized by the Knowledge Platform of Integration of Newly Arrived Refugees will take place in Rostock, Germany.
For the last 4-5 years the Gender Equally Working Group has been trying to work horizontally in order to strive for mainstreaming gender equality - in practice to get all other UBC Commissions to promote gender equality when possible. The Gender Equality Working Group has also arranged seminars/conferences to tackle the actual challenges faced in the promotion of gender equality.
Since 2015 the group has been co-ordinated by Helsinki and Gdańsk but with valuable help of active cities in the WG like Kalmar, Kristiansand, Liepāja, Panevėžys, Umeå and Örebro.
The 8th edition of SEMIC, the annual semantic interoperability conference, will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 June 2018. The event, organised by the ISA2 Programme of the European Commission in collaboration with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will bring together policy makers, IT practitioners and researchers interested in topics related to semantic interoperability for public administration.
A new call for good practice in order to choose the winners of the next Excellence in Road Safety Awards has been launched.
If your organization has been carrying out an action plan successfully addressing a road safety problem, do not miss this opportunity.
The UBC cities are welcome to send information about their events in 2018 that will be published on the www.ubc.net.
The information should contain:
- name of event
- date and place of the event
- highlights / short description (max 2-3 sentences for each event)
- contact persons (names, phone numbers, fax, e-mails, websites, etc)
- good photo(s)
Discussions at the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö proved that the stronger cooperation and exchange between the cities are required.
The UBC Secretariat asked the cities to answer five questions to get broader knowledge about cities’ needs and interests:
1. Is your city open to investments and startups? If so in which sectors?
2. Are companies in your city looking for new markets / partners in the Baltic Sea region ? Do you have an investment agency?
How to make cities more youth friendly and create environment that truly benefits young people?
The European Youth Capital initiative is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum. It is granted to a European city for a period of one year that puts young people at the core of the city’s social, economic, cultural and political life. Since 2014 the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is an official endorsing partner of the EYC title.
The Swedish Institute provides funding for joint projects in which Swedish organisations meet transnational challenges together with organisations from the Baltic Sea Region countries and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
The project activities that the Swedish Institute supports via ‘seed funding’ must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Parallel to the XIV UBC General Conference, UBC Youthful Cities Commission organised a Youth Conference with nearly 60 young people from 13 cities in the Baltic Sea Region. They engaged enthusiastically in the discussions in all sessions and in the social media and gave their solutions to tasks presented by the UBC Commissions.
The conference ‘Community guarantee or how can the community support young people neither in employment nor in education or training?’ will take place on Thursday, 9 November from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hotel Lydia in Tartu (Ülikooli 14, Tartu). To know more about Estonia, prior to the conference there will be also organised study visit in Tartu. The workshop will focus on how to build and strengthen cross-sectorial and transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.
The XIV Union of the Baltic Cities General Conference, held on 24–27 October in Växjö, Sweden, called for tackling populism and Euroscepticism. The General Conference also adopted a resolution on United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable development goals.
During the XIV UBC General Conference, the statutory UBC General Assembly convened and, among other issues, elected UBC officials for the next two-year period.
UBC Executive Board 2017–2019
St. Petersburg, Russia
Gdańsk, Poland – observer
Watch live streaming from UBC General Conference on 24–26 October
This week in the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö, Sweden, nearly 300 high-level politicians, city officials, other experts and youth across the Baltic Sea Region are coming together to discus and find solutions to issues affecting us all in the Baltic Sea Region.
Join the European Commission challenge to transform your city with free policy advice and coaching from high-level European experts, in your local language. Call for applications in now open.
UBC members cities are invited to participate in a digitalisation programme curated by the EU’s COSME programme and executed by a partnership led by Technopolis Group.
It is time to nominate candidates for the Baltic Sea award 2018.
The prize is awarded annually to a person, institution or organization which have carried out significant and outstanding contribution to the Baltic Sea environment.
The nominations shall be submitted before 16 November 2017.
The laureates receive their prizes at a solemn ceremony held in Mariehamn on 18 May 2018. Prize winners are announced one month before the award ceremony.
The UBC has reached a mile point when turning 25 in 2016. During all these years, the organization has undergone a major shift to hold its strong position as a credible partner in the Baltic Sea Region and in Europe. The jubilee is a great occasion to remind of past achievements, but also to look far ahead. How could we shape the future?
At the Founding Conference in Gdańsk in September 1991 Anders Engström, the first UBC President, focused on the potential of the cities’ cooperation:
The XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö, Sweden, is approaching fast. Now is the last chance to register and take part in shaping Leadership for the future – Cities as leaders for glocal sustainable development! Registration is open until 1 October.
URBACT has opened a call to join a Transfer Network. These networks focus on the adaptation and transfer of selected URBACT Good Practices to other European municipalities that have similar challenges, but less experience. These networks - up to 25 - will be led by cities that have been awarded the URBACT Good Practice label.
Växjö, the host of the XIV UBC General Conference, is named by the European Commission as the greenest city in Europe. On this one-minute video Per Schöldberg, Deputy Mayor in Växjö Municipality and member of the UBC’s Executive Board, welcomes you to Växjö on 24–27 October: https://youtu.be/KdyQ_olfrgY
Call for leadership and unity accross Europe
The city of Kolding (specifically Kolding Youth School), accredited as an Erasmus+ sending, hosting and coordinating organization, is now seeking volunteers for the upcoming application deadline.
At the moment there are 3 different vacancies:
Full membership of UBC Safe Cities Commission
in EUSBSR Policy Area Secure Steering Group
UBC Safe Cities Commission is pleased to announce, that our commission has received a full membership to The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Policy Area Secure (PA Secure) Steering Group.
Baltic Sea Region cities get boost for their climate reporting with the CDP – UBC doubles its disclosure number!
CDP, the global climate change disclosure non-profit, and the leading city network in the Baltic Sea Region, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), have agreed on a two-year MOU to involve more cities in the development and reporting of target-oriented climate actions.
The Estonian Presidency of the European Union and the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE), are organising a stakeholder conference on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), entitled "Beyond 2020: Supporting Europe's Coastal Communities." This event will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 12-13 October 2017.
Executive Board of the UBC met in Berlin on 15 June 2017 in European Commission's representation in Germany, in connection with the EUSBSR Annual Forum that was held on 13–14 June 2017. Matters discussed were, among others, the XIV UBC General Conference, the outcome of this year’s EUSBSR Forum, cooperation with EUSBSR Flagship School to Work, and proposal about a conference on the integration of refugees.
The 8th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was held in Berlin on 13–14 June 2017, with the theme “Connectivity”. UBC co-organised altogether four seminars and back-to-back meetings before and during the Strategy Forum: Youth Conference as well as a youth seminar “Nothing about us without us”, EUSBSR Participation Day, and seminar on Smart water sector.
On 7-9 June the UBC Safe Cities Commission met in Tallinn to hold its second meeting in 2017 and elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. Theme of this meeting was - crisis management in emergency situation.
Future Place Leadership invites the UBC members cities to participate in two events that take up the questions of attractiveness, investment promotion, effective collaboration.
The 8th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is held in Berlin on 13–14 June 2017, with the theme “Connectivity”. UBC co-organises altogether four seminars and back-to-back meetings before and during the Strategy Forum: Youth Conference as well as a youth seminar “Nothing about us without us”, EUSBSR Participation Day, and seminar “Smart water sector”.
The XIV UBC General Conference is held in Växjö, Sweden, on 24–27 October 2017 and has the theme "Leadership for the future – Cities as leaders for glocal sustainable development". Registration is now open at www.vaxjo.se/ubc!
The Conference Flagship* “School to Work”: Collaboration for Improvements, that will take place on 19 June 2017 in Stockholm, will gather public institutions, municipalities, schools, civil society organizations working in the Baltic Sea Region to prevent early school leaving.
The participants will discuss e.g. how to integrate young people, who are neither in education, employment nor training, and also newly arrived refugees into the labour market.
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Horizontal Action Capacity and its coordinators, together with the states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, invite to a Participation Day on 13 June 2017, back-to-back with the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin.
This Participation Day is held for the first time. It has been inspired by the success of three Danube Participation Days. The Berlin Day will also serve as a pilot project for following editions, in Tallinn 2018 and beyond.
The Participation Day in Berlin will this time concentrate on:
Many cities in the UBC network are well known for their sustainable development goals and climate expertise, yet only in our own region.
The new Baltic Cities Bulletin entitled "Sustainable and climate-smart Baltic Sea Region Cities" gives the floor to the cities who successfully work with the sustainability and climate change matters.
On 5–6 July 2017 in Nice, France, International Urban Development Association INTA will organise an Innovative City Forum, an international round-table focusing on “How middle-sized cities deliver innovative milieus”.
The Baltic Sea Region Youth Conference "Nothing about us without us" will be held on 12–13 June 2017 in Berlin, in connection with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 8th Annual Forum.
UBC Task Force on Youth Employment and Well-Being has started to cooperate with the EUBSR Flagship School to Work (S2W). The Flagship aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth, specifically NEET and newly arrived refugees.
The survey on barriers and opportunities for investment in energy-efficient street lighting is a part of the Dynamic Light project http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/Dynamic-Light.html , which aims to promote dynamic, intelligent and energy-efficient lighting. The survey response will help better understand, identify and suggest suitable models to finance it.
Save the date of the next Safe Cities Commission meeting to be held on 7-9 June 2017 in Tallinn. This time civil protection will be at the top of agenda.
“Leadership for the future – cities as leaders for glocal sustainable development"
UBC's XIV General Conference will be held on 24–27 October 2017 in Växjö, "The Greenest City in Europe". The main theme of the XIV UBC General Conference, which also celebrates UBC's 25th Anniversary, will be “Leadership for the future – cities as leaders for glocal sustainable development”.
“Attractive and Inclusive Cities – Promotion of Equality of Men and Women in Local Life” Conference, organized by the UBC Working Group on Gender Equality and the City of Gdańsk, will take place on Tuesday, the 11th of April 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.
It’s a chance for all of us – the academics, the local activists, the politicians and others in the field of equal rights as a part of the long term strategy of the city – to discuss how the Charter promotes gender equality in the city - the organizers say.
Invitation to participate in a study visit to Hamburg
'School to Work' Flagship
On 16-18 May 2017, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission organises its meeting in the City of Jyväskylä.
UBC Safe Cities Commission has produced three short animation movies about safety at home. As the Union of the Baltic Cities includes around 100 cities from the Baltic Sea Region, these animation movies were made without an actual word spoken, so that they can be clear for everyone.
The animation movies teach how to ensure your property, so you know who is coming to visit you and that you don’t have to open your door to everyone, and that you don’t need to show off to your friends the valuables you have at your home.
In addition to Facebook, UBC is now in social media in both Twitter and LinkedIn.
On Twitter you can find us as @UBC_BSR. UBC hashtags are #UBC_BSR and #UnionoftheBalticCities.
The former LinkedIn pages of UBC Sustainable Cities Commission have been updated into Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) pages. The new UBC pages will in the future feature updates from all seven UBC commissions, including Sustainable Cities Commission.
A CALL FOR STORIES:
Sustainable and climate-smart Baltic Sea Region cities
The next UBC´s Baltic Cities Bulletin is devoted to sustainability. Many cities in the UBC network are well known for their sustainable development goals and climate expertise, yet only in our own region.
We want to share success stories with others, also outside the region.
UBC’s Executive Board met 15–17 February in the beautiful city of Kristiansand, Norway. On the agenda was among others UBC’s General Conference in Växjö 24–27 October 2017, UBC Commissions’ action plans for 2017–2018, implementing EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the initiative made by the municipality of Kristiansand on reductions in emissions by making shore power available for cruise ships.
URBACT programme enables cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges by networking, drawing lessons from peer reviews and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.
This time URBACT is issuing a Good Practice Call. It invites cities to come forward with their good practices in the field of sustainable integrated urban development to:
CDP, the global climate change disclosure non-profit, and the leading city network in the Baltic Sea Region, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), have agreed on a two-year MOU to involve more cities in the development and reporting of target-oriented climate actions.
Climate change has led to a situation where cities have to define their roles in the face of a changing environment. Today, many cities in the region have incorporated sustainability goals into their city strategies.
Invitation to the UBC Planning Cities, Smart & Prospering Cities Commissions and Interreg Project Network JOHANN Workshop
A JOINT APPROACH TO GUIDE A GROWING BALTIC CITY INTO A GREAT BALTIC CITY, Rostock 14-17 May 2017
Six international teams will be formed to elaborate three perspectives :
We have the technology, we have the knowledge. What we need now is an innovative, visionary and multidisciplinary leadership!
Year 2017 for UBC Safe Cities Commission has started with the Commission meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania on January 11–13. Kaunas welcomed participants from Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania with real winter conditions. During three days safety specialists from different fields – municipal police, fire and rescue services, civil protection and other municipal institutions – discussed various issues.
Invitation to the Conference "Resort – cultural and historical landscape and space", 15-17 June 2017, Jūrmala
History, cultural history, architecture and urban planning experts, as well as tourism and museum professionals are invited to participate in the conference. The main aim of the conference is the exchange of experience between researchers, professionals and institutions involved in the resort of cultural and historical heritage in the use and research.
A Letter of the UBC Working Group on Gender Equality
Gender equality as a potential for modern and attractive cities in the UBC
The UBC Working Group on Gender Equality sent out the letter to the UBC cities and the Commissions inviting to more intensive cooperation on gender mainstreaming.
We have the technology, we have the knowledge. What we need now is an innovative, visionary and multidisciplinary leadership!
The UBC warmly welcomes a new member city, Tauragė!
With 42 000 residents, Tauragė is located in in the Southwest of Lithuania, in Tauragė County.
Tauragė region is justly proud of its green and ecological environment. For example, the region produces more power from ecological sources than it consumes.
Tauragė develops complex measures of transport, energy, waste management and water treatment that will be implemented in the upcoming years.
Tauragė is looking for especially sustainably oriented contacts and partnerships.
The 2016/2017 call for applications is now open and will be closed on 1 February 2017
Projects must create conditions for lasting relations between organisations. Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding. Please note that the main applicant must be a Swedish organisation.
The project activities must be aimed at developing conditions for long-lasting sustainable relations between organisations in the Baltic Sea region.
Invitation to the project "Between Baltic Sea and the Black Sea: The cities as engines of interregional cooperation"
The city of Gdańsk together with the WiseEUROPA, a Polish private think tank from Warsaw, invite to the project of cooperation between the Baltic and the Black Sea cities.
The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was held in Stockholm on 8–9 November 2016. In the Forum, UBC co-organised two seminars: “Nothing about us without us – youth's contribution to the Baltic Sea Region Vision 2030” and “Cities and Regions: Drivers or Bystanders in the Baltic Sea cooperation”.
Both seminars attracted a large audience and diverse discussions. In addition, UBC representatives took part as speakers and panelists in several other seminars in the EUSBSR Strategy Forum.
The UBC has just released its new brochure. It puts the information about the history, aims and structure in a nutshell, all wrapped up in the new attractive UBC layout.
The brochures are to be posted to the member cities soon. Please spread them around and make the UBC visible in your city!
Online version available at: http://ubc.net/publications
Baltic Sea Area - frontrunner in digitalization
Fresh thinking from regions on the way to a digital single market
on Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 15h00-18h15 followed by a Baltic Reception
at the Arts 56, Avenue des Arts, 1000 Brussels
On 16th November 2016 the informal Baltic Sea Group (iBSG) will host a seminar on the Baltic Sea Area and its role as a frontrunner in digitalization.
The key goal of the Kristiansand UBC Strategy for years 2009–2015 and its implementation was to ensure that UBC, as the leading city network in the Baltic Sea Region, meets the new requirements in the emerging cooperative structure of the Baltic Sea Region, with the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) emerging as the key framework for cooperation.
UBC wanted to ensure its relevance and operative capacity and continue to create added value for its member Cities.
The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is held in Stockholm on 8–9 November 2016. UBC co-organises two seminars in the Strategy Forum: “Nothing about us without us – youth's contribution to the Baltic Sea Region Vision 2030” and “Cities and Regions: Drivers or Bystanders in the Baltic Sea cooperation”.
Erasmus+ programme, Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth
The objective of the present Call is to provide structural support, referred to as operating grant, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of youth and pursuing the following general aims:
The autumn edtition of the Baltic Cities Bulletin is entitled “Inclusive and healthy cities”.
The stories prove clearly the urbanization creates opportunities, but at the same time inequalities and exclusion remain a challenge.
How can we prevent them? How can we ensure social, spatial and economic inclusion? Our cities share their experiences in the Bulletin’s pages.
Visby Programme Scholarships for PhD studies and postdoctoral research application call for the academic year 2017/2018 is open from 1 November 2016 to 10 January 2017. About 40 scholarships will be offered.
After fifteen years in the City of Turku’s service, UBC Strategy Coordinator Mikko Lohikoski resigns at the end of September from his post as a Director and Senior adviser to the Mayor of Turku, after having reached the uppermost age limit of a civil servant.
Mikko Lohikoski will most likely continue to work for Turku and the Baltic Sea region in a new role to be specified.
All interested in participating in this program should contact as soon as possible Mr Mikael Olsson at the Swedish Institute.
Register to the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR, One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region, and the 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit on 8 and 9 November in Stockholm, Sweden.
Two inspiring days will be a time to discuss the development and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.
"Rediscovering water in the city: public realm strategies on the waterfront"
A CALL FOR STORIES:
Inclusive and healthy cities
Cities are the centres of growth. The urbanization creates opportunities, moves the economy forward. But at the same time inequalities and exclusion are still a challenge. How can we prevent them and how can we ensure social, spatial and economic inclusion?
The Editorial Board would like to invite the cities to share their experiences on how they approach the vision of inclusive and healthy city.
The UBC Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission meeting will be held in Espoo, Finland on 26-28 October 2016.
At the meeting there will be such topics discussed, among others: the homelessness, the 68+ Sport Pass, Get me! operating model, One-Stop-Guidance-Center service model for young people, Espoo Youth Services.
Espoo heartily welcomes!
Espoon liikunta- ja nuorisopalvelut
PL 34, 02070 ESPOON KAUPUNKI
Tel. +358 500 445500
Jukka Vilen, the City Director from the City of Kemi encouraged the UBC member cities to join the campaign launched by the City of Joensuu (Finland), presenting the unity of Europeans.
The campaign is targeted at European cities, towns and municipalities. As the City of Joensuu claims: “We are Europe – in our work, in our joy and in our sorrows. We create Europe through our shared lives; together we must make it yet better.”
Next UBC Executive Board Meeting will be held in Stockholm on 10 November 2016, in connection with the 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the BSR, Stockholm, 8–9 November 2016.
Executive Board of the UBC met on 6–8 June in the summery city of Kaunas. Among the issues discussed are UBC’s Work Plan to Support Youth Employment and Well-Being, UBC work on refugee issues, and UBC’s involvement in implementing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
UBC takes part in the final module of the Baltic Executive Programme: Unboxing the Sandbox in Tallinn, 13-15 June 2016.
This time the participants learn how to capture the full potential of transnational cooperation. The presentations and workshops focus on funding and communications.
Territory Matters. What`s beyond 2030 for Macro-Region?
VASAB Conference “Achieving Good Living Environment: territory matters. What`s beyond 2030 for macro-regions?”
Warsaw, Poland, 7 June 2016
The UBC Working Group on Gender Equality meeting will be held in Gdańsk (Poland) on 22 June 2016.
The main topic of the meeting is building strategies for mainstreaming gender into the work of the UBC member cities. Despite many positive changes in mainstreaming gender in Europe, the issue of gender equality still requires special attention, as women remain a vulnerable group, and special measures need to be introduced to ensure their bigger participation in decision making and secure their stronger position at the labour market.
“Feel free to steal good ideas”, said Jørgen Kristiansen, Deputy Mayor of Kristiansand (Norway) welcoming the participants of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) conference on the refugee situation in the Baltic Sea cities held in Rostock on 15-16 March. The conference gathered together around 70 civil servants from the region.
The conference, organized by the City of Rostock and the UBC, aimed at sharing ideas and practical solutions on how to integrate the newcomers.
Investing in youth is investing in our common future and well-being. The saying: the youth are our future is more than just a slogan.
−The youth employment is a priority for the European Union, Member States and also for the regions and cities, which are in the forefront of confronting this acute societal problem - Per Bødker Andersen, President of UBC, says.
"Exchange for All" project report launched
University College Zealand launched report on international youth-exchanges and its positive impacts.
Now it is time to nominate candidate for the Baltic Sea award 2016. The organisers ask for help to find the person who or organisation which have done meaningful and outstanding achievements for the Baltic Sea environment. More information about the nomination can be found on our web page.
The nominations shall be submitted by November 20th 2014. The laureates receive their prizes at a solemn ceremony held in Mariehamn on 13th of May 2015. Prize winners are announced one month before the award ceremony.
On October 27th - 28th, 2015, the Innovative Europe Conference, organised by the founders of the Coalition for Polish Innovation (Koalicja na rzecz Polskich Innowacji - KPI) will take place. The conference will feature a debate on the future of innovation as well as sum up the coalition’s results these past six months. Participants of the conference will present their current views, propositions for change and the perspectives for development of the innovation sector in Poland and Europe.