Best practice in participatory budgeting from Latvia – Vidzeme Region (EmPaci)

Vidzeme Planning Region continues to strengthen the citizen participation in the region  In March 2020, Vidzeme Planning Region announced a cultural project competition “Vidzeme culture program” implemented already for the thirteenth year in a row. It aims to promote the balanced development of cultural and art sectors and the preservation of cultural heritage in the […]

Train the Trainer – Participation Requires Training (EmPaci)

Previously published at LAB-innovations -blog 8.4.2020: EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEMS FOR INNOVATIONS Picture 1. Participation requires a new kind of understanding and skillset from those working in municipalities. Methods and communication can be practiced and developed to make participation a natural part of everyday work. Photo: Annukka Heinonen. There are 310 different Finnish municipalities of different size […]

Participatory budgeting in Russia – best practice from EmPaci project

Please read some best practice information on participatory budgeting processes in Russia provided by our EmPaci Interreg Baltic Sea Region project partner from Russia.  In Russia the development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) started in 2007 with the emergence of the first practices of citizens’ participation in decision making on budget funds spending at the local […]

We joined new Europe for Citizens project on EU macroregions!

The Shadow Report project is an initiative of civil society organisations from AT, DE, DK, HU, IT, PL, RO, SK and SI to prepare an implementation report on EU macro-regional policies from a citizens’ perspective. Project title: An alternative positive voice – the citizens’ shadow report AT – The World of NGOsDE – Danube ConnectsDK […]

Pomorskie region Social Economy entities map

Baltic Institute for Regional Affairs from Gdynia, Poland encourages you to use the maps created by the Pomorskie Region Regional Center for Social Policy. This planning is a systematized compendium of knowledge about economic entities related to services in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland. In response to the dynamic economic situation of the society in the […]

Social Seed Erasmus+ project factsheet

The 30 months project aims to design a new methodology to incubate socially excluded groups to entrepreneur – with an innovative approach- supported by private companies. In detail: Design an incubation methodology for excluded groups to entrepreneur. to build up a social incubator to create a new business model of cooperation between companies & NGOs. […]

Making Participatory Budgeting ”PB” Familiar to the Citizens of Lahti – Pilot Starting in the Spring 2020

What would your dream home municipality be like? The inhabitants of Lahti get to develop their municipality through PB in 2020.  Finnish municipalities have been quite active in taking up participatory budgeting “PB” where inhabitants get a chance to take part in dividing finances in their home municipality. A third of Finnish municipalities have or […]

NEWS FROM LAHTI EmPaci PILOT: Over 700 ideas given by inhabitants in Lahti PB pilot!

The participatory budgeting “PB” pilot in the City of Lahti is well underway and the initial – idea creation – phase has been successfully conducted. The city received 713 ideas from inhabitants on how to improve their home municipality. As can be expected from a traditionally sports oriented city, the inhabitants chose sport as one of […]

Erasmus+ SEBS2 info: Local entrepreneurship ecosystems and emerging industries –> OECD case study from Poland

We highly recommend the latest article from the OECD with the case study examines the Pomorskie local entrepreneurship ecosystem and regional smart specialisation approach. It identifies bottlenecks and enablers in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and makes policy recommendations on how to further strengthen local entrepreneurship and industrial renewal. The case study offers a number of […]

About the Baltic Identity

Baltic Identity Tour by the FilmNet Interreg South Baltic project In Newsletter No. 1, we wrote about film screenings as a part of the activities within the FilmNet project  – about “Baltic Identity Film Tour”. Such shows and discussions have already taken place in all partner countries, and the Baltic Sea Culture Center from Gdańsk […]