The biggest event of the EUSBSR is its annual forum. This year's forum took place this summer in Gdansk. Policymakers and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region met to debate the conference's main topic on a circular and sharing economy. A full report is now online.
PA Culture was involved in organising a seminar at the forum, entitled ‘Localising Circular Economy – Creative Solutions for the Challenges of Our Time.
Moderator Oleg Koefoed (Growing Pathways) welcomed panellists and visitors to a session organised by CBSS – Baltic 2030, HA Climate, PA Culture and ARS BALTICA. Co-Organizer Olga Zuin (CBSS) stressed in her opening remarks that efforts on climate change as well as cultural initiatives work on a horizontal level, integrating other policy areas. Thus, in that sense both fields are similar and culture should be employed to achieve climate goals. She highlighted that the seminar was supposed to deliver inspiration to boost the transition to circular economy models, by showcasing existing successful practices in the region.
Maciej Hofman (Policy Officer European Commission DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture), Ugis Zanders (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia), Charlotte Lundqvist (Umeå Municipality, Sweden), Nina Alkærsig Jensen (Symbiosis Center Denmark), Henryk Stawicki (Design Strategist at Change Pilot, Poland) as presenters and panellists gave an insightful overview and best practice example on how creative approaches can help finding sustainable solutions to multilevel and transnational issue.
Back-to-back with the 10th EUSBR Annual Forum PA Culture held its steering group meeting in Gdansk.
One of the main topics was the issue of funding for culture in Europe and especially in the Baltic sea region. While it has been difficult to fund culture through the European Regional Development Fund, the participants of the steering group meeting agreed that it is positive that in the new framework the special objective number 5, Europe closer to Citizens, explicitly includes cultural heritage. Also, it was regarded as positive that the European Parliament proposed not only to fund cultural heritage but also culture in general through the Regional Development Funds. The representatives agreed that this is the moment to push for the inclusion of culture and cultural heritage into the Regional Development Funds. Thus, the steering group should support the initiative of the European Parliament to include both Culture und Cultural Heritage into the five objectives.