ENGAGE! capacity-building project funded by EEA Grants starts today!

We are proud to announce that today we officially start our capacity-building project ENGAGE! financed by the EEA Grants – Active Citizens Fund in Poland.  Within the next 27 months we will work tohether with the Association of Polish Communnes Euroregion Baltic from Elbląg and South-Norway European Office from Kristiansand, Norway.   In the ENGAGE! project […]

Thematic report from the Annual Forum 2020 is published

The 11th EUSBSR Annual Forum was held in October 2020, and it was the very first online forum, broadcast from Turku, Finland. The theme of the Forum was “Towards a Decade of Innovation and Sustainability”. Over 800 participants registered to the event to discuss how to cooperate effectively even during times such as a global pandemic. It […]

Umbrella 2.0 project Awareness Raising Event on BSR cooperation

After the Umbrella project’s success (Boosting cross-border cooperation capacities of local actors in the South Baltic Sea), where BISER was one of 6 Project Partners our Leader – Euroregion Baltic decided to propose a package of activities based on already tested actions to involve newcomers in the Baltic Sea Region. The excellent relationship of Euroregion […]

Enable Participatory Budgeting through Information Technology

Setting up a new Participatory Budgeting (PB) process is challenging – and many decisions need to be made. No PB is like another, and each process is highly adapted to local laws, political goals, or the demography of citizens. However, this does not mean that it is not possible to learn from other initiatives. Photo […]

Have your say and share your experience!

The EU macro-regional strategy is a relatively new policy-making framework covering the Baltic Sea, the Danube, the Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine regions. It serves as an interface between the EU and local level policy developments. The European Commission prepares biennial reports on the implementation of macro-regional strategies. The latest one covers the 2018-2020 period and has all […]

EmPaci “Municipal Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region” -online session on 18th of March

Welcome to the first ever “Municipal Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region” -online networking afternoon on the 18th of March (18.3.2021) at 13.00-16:30 (UTC +2). Many municipalities and other stakeholders are currently planning or implementing participatory budgeting (PB) in the Baltic Sea Region. As PB is a joint effort, it is important to learn […]

State of programming of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2021-2027

The Joint Programming Committee (JPC) was established and the 1st meeting took place on 4th February 2020, during the meeting, the JPC Rules of Procedure, as well as Terms of Reference for the socio-economic analisys, were adopted. In the following months, the public procurement procedure was carried out and the best offer was selected. Contract […]

EmPaci project involved in the virtual IRSPM Conference 2021 with a panel on participatory budgeting

Panel No. 16 of the virtual IRSPM Conference 2021 will be held on 20 – 23 April 2021 called for papers.  Corresponding chair: Dr. Ellen Haustein, University of Rostock (Germany) – EmPaci Lead Partner .  Panel co-chairs – EmPaci Partners: Peter C. Lorson, Dr., University of Rostock (Germany)  Jaroslav Dvorak, PhD, Klaipėda University (Lithuania)  Lotta-Maria Sinervo, […]

Inspiring read about the participatory budget and participatory democracy #EmPaci

As in our EmPaci Interreg Baltic Sea Region project, we aim to get more municipalities involved and mobilise different types of citizens via building municipal capacities, transnational clusters and cooperation among municipalities and their citizens, we recommend to you this article: “To Support Democracy, Foundations Must Practice Democracy” avaiable here: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/to-support-democracy-foundations-must-practice-democracy/    

Sharpen The Focus: Identify Process Steps Of Participatory Budgeting #EmPaci

Following a Status Quo Analysis of participatory budgeting (PB) in the Baltic Sea Region, the “Empowering Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region” (EmPaci) project introduces its second project output targeting administrative staff, local councillors and other decision-makers in local governments in the BSR. The document “PB Type Groups” aims to provide insights into design […]