The Association of Polish Communes ERB (STG ERB) is non-profit cross-border cooperation organisation with 40 member municipalities of Pomorskie and Warmia-Mazury. Since 1997 the STG’s activities focus on the development of international cooperation in tourism, culture, environmental protection, and especially people-to-people cross-border cooperation on the local and regional levels. It hosts the ERB International Permanent Secretariat (IPS) which coordinates the ERB cooperation.
Working directly with local governments, it can reach a large group of
interested local and regional beneficiaries of the project.
“Pomorskie in the European Union” Association has been established in 2004 by the Pomorskie Region authorities. It gathers local self-government, regional development agencies, universities, NGOs, chambers of commerce and cultural institutions. Its main tasks are: foster a positive image of Pomorskie on the European scene, act as a channel of information between the Pomorskie stakeholders and EU actors, lobby for European and Pomorskie interests and help Pomorskie be a full-fledged partner within the EU. The association has developed extensive cooperation links with European organisations and institutions on issues like Baltic cooperation, cohesion policy, financial instruments, education, transport, R&D or innovation. “Pomorskie in the European Union” Association runs the Pomorskie Regional Office in Brussels. Our association is a member of ERRIN Network-European Regions Research and Innovation Network and an associate member of the SUBMARINER Network.
BISER – Baltic Institute for Regional Affairs (formerly: Baltic Institute for Regional and European Concern) est. in 2001 is an organisation clustering the representatives of science, public sector and business willing to co-operate in the field of European integration, sustainable development and strengthening cooperation links within the BSR. BISER works in close cooperation with the University of Gdansk and local and regional authorities on joint projects and activities covering the aims of the Association, particularly: social entrepreneurship, strengthening the capacities of the civic sector, sustainable development, EU macroregional strategy and regional policy in the BSR. In 2016 BISER co-organized the Baltic Sea NGO Network Annual Forum in Gdańsk inviting over 150 NGO representatives from 11 BSR states. The BISER team members present vast and relevant academic records and project experience that will be used during the realisation of the project.
Klaipeda University actively participates in national and regional education and training events, takes leading role in R&D activities in Western part of Lithuania has strong linkages with international networks and frameworks linked to being more innovation-oriented, successfully implemented several cross-border skills development projects, successfully implemented CAPACITY Building project with PP responsibilities. International projects development and support services must create firstly on very clearly based training development foundation, which will allow newcomers (with the support of pro-active public bodies and R&D institutions) to be cross-border innovative projects leaders at least in this cross-border region of SB area – for this Klaipeda University will take responsibility and by using human resources through cross-cultural collaboration, will have the capacity to implement it.
The Regional Council in Kalmar County had in 2015 a turnover of around 15.000.000 €. The number of staff officers is approximately 65 and includes project leaders, project financial managers, communication managers but also the national contact point for the South Baltic programme.
Guldborgsund Municipality is a rural municipality with 61.000 inhabitants and an area 903 km2. It is the southernmost municipality in Denmark and located on two islands in the South Baltic Sea. Due to the geographic location and two international transport corridors running through the municipality and due to tradition, international cooperation is high on the agenda of the Municipality. The international collaboration is mainstreamed into the development activities of the municipality meaning that (1) it is a regular tool for developing services and capacities, (2) all technical departments have the opportunity to benefits from international cooperation and (3) topics brought into international cooperation are selected from the top priorities of the local political strategies. The geographical focus of the international cooperation is the neighbouring countries in the greater Baltic area. The financial and personal resources to projects are provided by the regular municipality budget.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: Under the umbrella of the project partner “the Region Council of Kalmar County” take part in the different activities in the project to increase the capacity for
transnational and international project participation in the future. We will as an associated partner also take part in the dissemination of the result of the project in other networks where we are active such as the Municipal network for international strategist’s in the Kalmar County.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: Under the umbrella of the project partner “the Region Council of Kalmar County” take part in the different activities in the project to increase the capacity for transnational and international project participation in the future. We will as an associated partner also take part in the dissemination of the result of the project in other networks where we are active such as the Municipal network for international strategist’s in the Kalmar County.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: Region Zealand (RZ) will participate as an AP in UMBRELLA project with the aim of keeping a close dialogue with the project partners, especially Guldborgsund The municipality, concerning the planning and implementation of activities. As the regional Contact Point for the South Baltic Programme, RZ can assist project partners with relevant program-specific knowledge. RZ has a particular interest in the dialogue with the Umbrella partners to ease the approach to potential beneficiaries from RZ and avoid overlap between the tasks of RZ’s Contact Point and the Umbrella project. The Umbrella project aims at involving newcomers to the programme within all its priorities. RZ has a broad network and contacts to a wide range of potential beneficiaries in the region. In this way, RZ can enable a broader perspective of the project about potential beneficiaries from NGOs and other eligible project partners apart from municipalities represented by Guldborgsund Municipality.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: The Association “Klaipeda region” (AKR) was established by seven municipalities of Western Lithuania to deal with common ideas and implement joint projects. It is a member of Euroregion Baltic, where the Project has been developed and politically supported due to the same challenges we face in the Region. We consider the added value and long-term benefits of transnational cooperation as an essential tool for local and regional development, primarily to strengthen regional co-operation to improve competitiveness and prosperity, but also efficiently implement local and regional strategies. The AKR will disseminate the Project outputs and results among its members and be active supporter and participant in all WP’s. The AKR will support Klaipeda University as one of PPs through activities based on needs of Municipalities of Klaipeda region and will facilitate communication between the KU and municipalities in the region, which will lead to the broader implementation of the project.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: The AP is an experienced actor in cross-border cooperation and specialised in cross-border activities within the polish-german border region. The association will support all capacity building measures in the project. The AP will help to ensure contact/links to the target group and also support dissemination measures, information sharing via available media and promotion of project related results. Based on its wide-spread network the KG Pomerania will actively support the analytical part of the project, to provide most useful data. As an associated partner, it will also participate in joint events and activities organised by PPs regarding the project.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: The AP is an experienced actor in cross-border cooperation and specialised in cross-border activities within the polish-german border region. The association will support all capacity building measures in the project. The AP will help to ensure contact/links to the target group and also support dissemination measures, information sharing via available media and promotion of project related results. Based on its wide-spread network the Association of Polish Municipalities will actively support the analytical part of the project, to provide most useful data. As an associated partner, it will also participate in joint events and activities organised by PPs regarding the project.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: The Norden Association in Sweden, Horizontal Action Coordinator HA Capacity will support the implementation of the project, contributing to their experiences from capacity building in the EUSBSR. HA Capacity has recently conducted a need analyses on the implementing stakeholders in EUSBSR, one group being local- and regional authorities, academia, business and NGOs. This analyses will be provided to the project partners together with tools and measures used for capacity building. Furthermore, to take advantage of synergies between this project and actions in the framework of HA Capacity.
Our role in the UMBRELLA project: KKR Zealand will participate as an associated partner in the South Baltic Umbrella project with the view of keeping a close dialogue with project partners for the planning and implementing project activities. KKR Zealand is a council of the Mayors and 17 other politicians from 17 municipalities in the Zealand Region, and have appointed Guldborgsund Municipality to be a partner in the South Baltic Umbrella project on behalf of KKR Zealand. The role of KKR Zealand will be to provide specific communication between the project partners and the 17 municipalities in Region Zealand and will have a separate function of encouraging municipalities, their institutions and local associations to expose themselves to international cooperation, particularly in the context of the South Baltic Programme.