Ongoing Projects

The 2023 PSF focuses on the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region’, more specifically on managing increasing risks for states and societies, including those resulting from climate change, and building more resilient communities.

PSF 2023

Sisterhood Pathways

Priority: Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: Active Youth Association
Participating countries: Lithuania, Latvia,  Poland

Sisterhood Pathways is a project that, following the line of the A Safe Place project implemented in 2022, addresses the topic of violence against women. This community-based project is carried out in accordance with CBSS long-term priorities, which include fostering unity and social and cultural inclusion through cultural and creative activities and educational opportunities. It also addresses the priorities of the Vilnius II Declaration by enhancing societal security and safety in the Baltic Sea Region. This is done by addressing the importance of regional cooperation, fostering mutual understanding, building trust, ensuring stability, and promoting people-to-people contacts.

Following A Safe Place project, Sisterhood Pathways also aims to address the widespread phenomenon of violence against women in the Baltic Sea Region and to support women who are victims of violence while also educating those who are interested in learning more about the topic. Even though the target audience will stay the same as the A Safe Place project (women victims of violence, general public and support providers/organisations working in the field), new perspectives will be added, such as looking at the point of view of women belonging to a minority who are victims of violence, and new ways will be suggested to help the general public learn more about VAW and increase the awareness on the topic.

Joint Crisis Communication in the Baltic Region

Priority: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region, Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB
Participating countries: Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Lithuania

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB has a strong engagement in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and since many years back the member of the CBSS Civil Protection Network (CPN). In addition to that from 2013, based on the Swedish government decision, MSB coordinates the Policy Area Secure (PA Secure) within the EU:s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The crisis communication is one of the CPN and PA Secure prioritised cooperation area. This project will be implemented in a close partnership with the civil protection authorities in the BSR and will give the opportunity to intensify and increase our common efforts to make the BSR a safe region to live in.

Communication before and during crisis is one of the most important tools to build preparedness for and handle crisis – regardless if the current crisis is due to the consequences of a war in a nearby country or caused by climate change. People who are prepared and know how to act when the crisis comes are more safe and secure.

Communication to the public also contributes to regional identity and in the long run to sustainability since people get the tools to make the right decisions – before and during crisis.


Priority: Regional Identity, Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: Swedish Defence University
Participating countries: Sweden, Poland, Latvia

This project will have an enduring impact long after the project ends with regard to the professionalization of the work force in this area of work. It will also help build a shared culture of professionalism in the societal security field. It will draw upon the BSYD 2022 Engagement Roadmap as well as the project results from the Erasmus+ NEEDS project (Needs-based education and studies in societal security): in particular, the online course for societal security which was co-created by practitioners, experts, educators, and students from several of the countries in the Baltic Sea Region.

In addition, it contributes to the call theme of “managing increasing risks for states and societies, including those resulting from climate change and building more resilient communities” as these themes are directly addressed in the online course. This project will further develop and seed the foundations of a safe and secure Baltic Sea region into Finland’s upcoming CBSS presidency (i.e., Baltic Excellence Program) as well as provide a sort of blueprint for those countries that take over the CBSS presidency in the years to come: Estonia, Poland, Iceland and then Sweden.

Furthermore, this project also aims to provide materials that can be used in CBSS Summer Universities and provide HEI credits for students who participate. Thus, the student participants (future leaders) strengthen their understanding of and engagement in societal security issues concerning the Baltic Sea Region.

Safety for All? Remedy for Exploited Migrant Workers in the Nordic Region

Priority: Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI)
Participating countries: Finland, Norway, Sweden

This project supports the implementation of the 2020-2025 Strategy of the CBSS Task Force against THB by addressing the thematic priorities of countering labour exploitation, particularly exploitation in supply chains, as well as improving victim protection and empowerment. The project contributes to Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 8.7 on the eradication of forced labour and trafficking, 8.8 on the promotion of access to rights for migrant workers, and 10.7 on the facilitation of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people. Climate change-related migration is expected to increase globally. Reports indicate that persons affected by climate change are at a heightened risk of unsafe migration and human trafficking (UNODC 2022). With increased migration there is also a subsequent risk of an increase in abusive labour practices and exploitation as persons in vulnerable positions desperately seek employment elsewhere to earn a living. While the prevention of labour exploitation and protection of migrant workers remain crucial, efforts should be increased to ensure access to remedy to workers for occurred harm and exploitation. Vulnerable people currently too often fail to access and receive justice, and existing remedies remain ineffective (IOM 2021). No state or region can be safe and secure, if violations of human rights are not adequately addressed due to ineffective grievance mechanisms, or because those affected are unable to access remedy.

Prepared Together: Stronger Together

Priority: Sustainable & Prosperous Region, Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: University of Latvia
Participating countries: Latvia, Finland, Germany

Directly related to the current call ‘Safe and Secure Region’ focusing on promoting better preparedness for an increasingly unstable security environment, through inter-regional cooperation of the northern Baltic, central Baltic, and southern Baltic disaster preparedness experts. Project will promote expert cooperation across the region and establish a regional emerging threat and best-practice exchange platform for sharing practical approaches to increasing preparedness in the population. Concerns and current preparedness level of the Finnish, Latvian, and German population will be established. Results and best-practice approaches will be shared with the national governments and structures responsible for disaster preparedness, as well as the population, and disaster preparedness experts in other Baltic countries to promote a coordinated regional response. Consultations will advise national governments on emerging risks, regional trends, and practical solutions to increase awareness and resilience. Concerns and shortcomings will be used to promote a joint approach to these issues to increase cooperation among the CBSS Member States. Addresses 2022 Oslo Declaration on Regional Cooperation in the Civil Protection Network, CBSS Vilnius II Declaration, CBSS Action plan 2021-2025, where political commitments were made to promote regional cooperation in civil protection, in preparing and responding to emergencies, and UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The 2022 PSF was dedicated to the development of sustainable processes and networks aimed at taking forward the ideas in the Vilnius II Declaration – A Vision for the Baltic Sea Region by 2030 and relevant parts of the Baltic Sea Region Youth Vision Statement beyond 2030.

PSF 2022

Baltic Youth's Vision, Innovations and Initiatives to Green Deal Implemented in Local Communities

Priority: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region
Project leader: Polski Klub Ekologiczny Okrug Pomorski
Participating countries: Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia

The main aim of the project is to encourage young people in Baltic Sea region to undertake more eco-innovative actions for the European Green Deal implementation at the level of (and with) local communities. The basis for such involvement is a broadened multidisciplinary knowledge gained in the preliminary steps of the project and exchange of experiences of partnering organizations in further steps. Partners will create a database for experience exchange (physically and in the form of an internet platform based on a longstanding, and promoted and will organize an incubation workshop. Partners will implement similar initiatives of young people with different specializations and perspectives in their countries, promoting the project, exchanging experience with each other, offering experts and tutors in accordance with the areas selected for the eco-innovation. It is planned that the activities will include several well-thought-out and complementary phases. The centrepiece of the project is a 5-meetings “hands-on incubation workshop”. The workshops will take place at the end of the first “negotiation” phase. It will consist in mutual arrangements and collection of initial proposals for eco-innovations in the partner countries. It is assumed that it will take place in the form of a series of seminars, open to those who are interested, and promoted on social media and partners’ websites. The last, third phase of the project is the “application conference” aimed at summarising the effects of the project and practical development of the implementation plan for selected eco-innovations, control of implementation and evaluation of effects. Workshop cycles will provide a unique opportunity for creative work based on knowledge of teamwork. By the cross-border cooperation within this project, all activities will increase in importance – the working atmosphere and focus on issues of key importance for the real implementation of projects.

Baltic Youth for Resilient Society – BYFORES

Priority: Safe & Secure
Project leader: Suomen Pelastusalan Keskusjärjestö – Räddningsbranschens Centralorganisation I Finland Ry
Participating countries: Finland, Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, Germany

The BYFORES project aims to enhance resilience to natural and man-made disasters by strengthening inclusive, cross-sectoral cooperation between authorities and volunteer organisations in crisis management in the Baltic Sea Region with special focus on youth engagement. The aim is to develop and institutionalize a Baltic Sea Region Network of Volunteers and Local Authorities under the auspices of the CBSS Civil Protection Network with youth organisation participation and promotion of civil protection among young people (hereafter: BSR Network). BYFORES stems directly from and builds upon the findings of previous projects and their recommendations; it seeks to involve organisations which participated in previous projects in the BSR Network as well as new partners, especially youth organisations, to further develop cross- border cooperation, capacity building and harmonization of standards of volunteers’ engagement and role in the area of civil protection.

Strengthening the Identity of the Baltic Sea Region Borderlands. Building Cooperation for the Youth

Priority: Regional Identity, Safe & Secure Region
Project leader: University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Participating countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

The main objective of the project is to strengthen the sense of belonging to the Baltic Sea Region and to build regional identity among young people living in countries bordering the Baltic Sea. The other objectives are to build sustainable partnerships in the field of youth cooperation (including academic youth and high school students/pupils), cooperation of universities and other institutions located in the borderlands (local governments, academics and teachers, representatives of NGOs and other institutions working for the benefit of youth) from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

The long-term goal of the project is the participation of young people in shaping and preserving their regional identity. This is achieved by, among other things, diagnosing and implementing effective forms and methods for the inclusion of young people from various countries in the Baltic Sea Region in active public life. Increasing civic participation of young people is seen as part of building the Baltic Sea Region identity.

Young People Network for Balticness 2.0. Enhancing Capacity for Strategic Narratives on Identity with Young People in the Baltic Sea Region

Priority: Regional Identity
Project leader: Uniwersytet Gdanski
Participating countries: Poland, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden

YoPeNET 2.0 will consolidate the good practices and ensure sustainability of the educational experience of the current YoPeNET project implemented by the applicant in 2020-2022. The YoPeNET 2.0. will continue involving the younger generation in the BSR in educational dialogue and in the co-creation of cultural texts and media projects concerning trans-regional identity, manifested for instance as ecocultural identity. This edition of the project will reach out to a much wider regional audience through an extensive online presence as well as ensuring the strengthening of the existing partnership to cement its future viability. The learning materials and students’ contributions during the summer schools will be transformed into freely available, online content in the form of blogs, accessible articles, podcasts and films. Students will themselves produce these materials in collaboration with the project partners and teachers. These will be promoted through social media campaigns, like Instagram and YouTube, where the target groups will not only be young people in metropolitan areas but also those who live in isolated, rural communities.

The project will also consolidate good cooperation practice among the project partners representing the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of the BSR. Sharing capacities across the region will enable a responsible long-term on-line storage and an on-demand use of educational outputs, tools, content and methods for similar activities in the future. The YoPeNET 2.0 project is intended to be a significant step in establishing a “sustainable network” in the BSR, with reliable institutions, experienced teachers and cooperating partners. The project will explore the possibility of contributing to the creation of a virtual information point,, where topical research and educational resources for youth dialogue and learning will be available to the general public.