Ongoing Projects

Last year’s PSF call focused on projects that put safety and security at the centre of Baltic Sea cooperation and strive to strengthen the resilience of the region.

The ultimate goal of the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region is to make everyone feel safe and secure in every corner of our region. This can be achieved by strengthening the civil security and protection systems in the countries in the region, and by doing so in a coherent way – through cooperation. 12 eligible, high quality applications were received, 5 were chosen by our Committee of Senior Officials to be rewarded funding of up to 65 000 Euros.

Attention was paid to projects that contribute to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from natural or man-made disasters, or intentional human actions such as exploitation in the Baltic Sea Region. We aim to promote a holistic approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capabilities for societal security and safety to address a broad spectre of challenges, from civil protection to prevention of criminal exploitation and trafficking in human beings, as well as combating organised and serious crime.

Especially important were contributions that encourage building a common societal security culture in the BSR, by engaging civil society, in particular, volunteer organizations, children/youth, or senior citizens. Special emphasis was put on people-to-people contacts, exchange of best practices and awareness raising for common attitudes to major threats and hazards as well as to situations of exploitation, innovative solutions to common societal security challenges.

PSF 2019-2020

Lead partner: Norway (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) Norway, Invisible Children Forum) in partnership with Latvia, Sweden and Russia

This innovative project aims to identify and empower childhood survivors of human trafficking in the Baltic Sea States. By establishing a regional forum and a digital platform where survivors can be informed, express their opinions, get support from peers and be heard in relevant decision making.

By breaking the silence, speaking out, and receiving support from others in the same situation survivors are empowered to strengthen social reintegration and to regain control of their own lives. Survivors are better heard in decision-making that concern their rights and contribute to the prevention of and response to human trafficking in the Baltic Sea region and at national level.

Through mapping relevant groups and organizations in the region, sharing knowledge and information, workshops, cultural activities to empower survivors of childhood human trafficking, policy dialogue/advocacy and networking the project will benefit from the views and experiences from survivors of human trafficking in childhood, including the mechanisms and causes behind human trafficking and how this serious human rights violation can be prevented, and how victims and survivors can be identified and support each other’s healing and social reintegration.

Project Partners:

Norway: ECPAT Norway/Invisible Children Forum

Latvia: Association Centre

Sweden: Swedish platform Civil Society against Human Trafficking

Russia: NGO Stellit, charity fund
Lead partner: Latvia (Liepaja Municipal Police) in partnership with Finland and Lithuania

In an attempt to discover young people’s in the Baltic Sea Region safety concerns and the best way to reach young people, a research will be developed in collaboration with safety experts and youth representatives from Latvia, Finland and Lithuania.

The research will help prepare for a larger scale project in which youth in the Baltic Sea region will be educated about how to increase their safety in physical and virtual world, especially in the fields where they feel less secure. Special attention will be paid to the collaboration between safety experts and young people to demonstrate the value of such cooperation.

The results of the research will be publicly available and will be shared through various networks such as the network of Union of the Baltic Cities.

Project Partners:

Latvia: Liepaja Municipal Police

Finland: Southwest Finland Emergency Services

Finland: Espoo Youth Services

Lithuania: Kaunas City Municipality
Lead partner: Latvia (Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia) in partnership with Estonia, Finland and Denmark

The project addresses human trafficking (THB) for labour exploitation in all CBSS Member States. The main objective of the project is to support stakeholders in combating and disrupting human trafficking for labour exploitation by analysing and consolidating information, improving assistance to victims and stepping up prosecution of traffickers.

The project will involve a baseline research component on trafficking for labour exploitation in Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Norway; three transnational experts’ workshops in Norway, Finland and Germany with professionals and practitioners from all CBSS member states; a high-level conference to present the project outcomes and required actions in the CBSS Member States.

Vilnius declaration on combating trafficking for labour exploitation will be developed based on the findings of the research reports and transnational workshops and adopted by the CBSS Member States.

Project Parnters:

Latvia: Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia

Norway: Ministry of Justice an Public Security

Finland: Joutseno Reception Centre

Germany: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Lithuania: Ministry of the Interior

Denmark: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Poland: Ministry of the Interior and Administration
Lead partner: Russia (Regional Public Organization of Social Projects in Sphere of Population’s Well-Being “Stellit”) in partnership with Finland and Latvia

The project’s aim is to provide child protection specialists with relevant information and strategies regarding the prevention of child trafficking and sexual exploitation regarding ICT. The synergy of the combined expertise will contribute to advancing the child protection system and the safety of children in the Baltic Sea Region.

The project will include a desktop study on identifying best practices in prevention of recruiting children for sexual exploitation and human trafficking with the use of ICT – which will be disseminated among stakeholders – development of a training module and two-day trainings for stakeholders in Russia, Latvia, and Finland.

Project Partners:

Russia: NGO Stellit

Finland: Finland Suojellaan Lapsia ry/Skydda Barn rf/ Protect Children

Latvia: Shelter “Safe House”
Lead partner: Sweden (Swedish Defence University) in partnership with Finland and Norway

The initiative promotes a more institutionalized cooperation between the variety of Baltic Sea Region end-users and stakeholder organizations, including societal security research institutions, sub-regional, national and local authorities as well as civil society organizations.

The project will map out the key organizations that should participate in the focus group activities and the first workshop and intends to develop a structure for a longer-term strategic biennial practice (a workshop every even year) by drawing upon the momentum generated by the biennial Baltic Leadership Programme that occurs every odd year.

Project Partners

Sweden: Swedish Defence University

Norway: UiT Norges arktiske Universitet

Finland: Arctic Centre
Priority; Safe and Secure Region

Project leader: MARTA center

Participating countries:Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania

The project attempts to address harmful social norms and gender stereotypes that drive gender inequality and violence towards and among children and youth. The project works with young girls and boys aged 12-18 directly via a Youth Group methodology developed by the lead partner MARTA center.

The project also aims to equip specialists in partner countries with knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent violence among and towards children and youth. Specialists will receive training and later apply the Youth Group methodology as a tool for prevention of violence among youth in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. The methodology will be piloted and adapted based on the feedback received from participants to make sure that it meets the needs of national and local contexts.

To ensure long-term impact, each youth group will organize local activities to raise awareness on healthy relationships and violence prevention. In the project's final phase an international Youth Forum will be organized where youth group delegations from each partner country will meet with local and international stakeholders, youth workers and other professionals. A stage will be given to youth group participants to address topics and challenges important to them.
Priority: Sustainable and Prosperous Region

Project leader: ITMO University

Participating countries: Russia, Latvia, Germany, Finland, Estonia

Researcher mobility in the Baltic Sea Region is considered to be of high importance by the region's science ministries. The project aims to balance brain circulation within the Baltic Sea Region, preventing "brain drain" and widening participation to all the countries in the region. The project is based on the outcomes of the implemented BSN and BSN_powerhouse projects.

Two kinds of instruments to support mobility of young scientists and researchers in the region will be tested: The School for Young Scientists - Baltic Sea Educational Academy (B-SEA) - a short-term intense course of 3 days on chosen topics - and the mid to long-term mobility Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme (BARI). The tested instruments could become a model for further wider usage, providing a support to increase mobility of young researchers in the Baltic Sea Region on a more permanent basis.
Priority: Regional Identity

Project leader: University of Gdańsk

Participating countries: Poland, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Denmark, Sweden

The involvement of young people, especially those in secondary and tertiary levels of education, becomes a more and more prominent issue for the future oriented development of Baltic Sea Region identity politics. In response to this challenge the project will prepare a structured academic platform for communication and exchange for different youth cohorts in the partner countries, particularly for university and older high school students. This will take place by organising summer universities and ideatorium workshops in the humanities and social sciences fields.

With a framework of reference established by the successful organization of CBSS Summer University courses in the past, the project intends to stabilize existing contacts and networks and raise the institutional commitment of the partners with particular focus on the secondary and tertiary level students,
Priority: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region

Project leader: Klaipeda University

Participating countries: Lithuania, Russia, Latvia

Tourism industry has played an important role in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) economies. Having great resources of nature and historical monuments, the region has a vision to establish the whole region as a model for the growing market of sustainable tourism. However, tourism industry is facing an unprecedented challenge due to COVID-19.

The Project aims to strengthen inter-country cooperation to foster sustainable tourism and empower youth studying and working in the tourism sector to contribute to the recovery of tourism sector. The project will help  strengthen Baltic Sea Region identity as a Sustainable Region by developing a sustainable tourism excellence network for Youth - STENetY. It will be a structure for joint youth initiatives and engagement mechanisms that in the long term may keep moving the region towards being a sustainable tourist destination. The project also aims to strengthen international dialogue, cooperation, and empowerment of youth in creation of a Sustainable Tourism vision in the BSR 2030. The project’s results will help to implement the sustainable tourism principles and empower the youth to become sustainable tourism innovators and entrepreneurs.
Priority: Safe and Secure Region

Project leader: Södertörn University

Participating countries: Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Finland

The project addresses the cross border crime of human trafficking and focuses on cooperation and competence building for mass media and journalists. It aims to connect and engage students of journalism and teachers in the Baltic Sea Region by raising awareness about human trafficking and fostering exchange of experiences in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine.

The project has a diverse cross-sectoral partnership involving a university, state authorities, NGOs and an international organisation. The project activities are designed to intertwine theoretical and practical knowledge on both national and internation level. Core activities of the project are national panel discussions for students of journalism, comparative studies of the outcomes of panel discussions, a competition for students in film, photography, articles or radio segments on the topick of human trafficking and the internationa workshop.
Priority: Regional Identity, Safe & Secure Region

Project leader: Association of Volunteer Fire Brigades of Republic of Poland (VFB)

Participating countries: Poland, Lithuania, Belarus

In Poland, National Rescue and Firefighting System consists of the State Fire Service and the Volunteer Fire Service, which significantly supports the operation of professional units. There are state fire brigades in Lithuania and Belarus, but volunteers are not organized yet. It is proposed to create a system of volunteer fire brigades in these countries. This would significantly strengthen the security system. The participation of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus in this project is a sign of common concern about our security. Safety of each country, as well as strengthening response in case of threats of a cross-border accident is an important problem for the neighbour countries. The main task of the project is creating a model of Voluntary Fire and Rescue Units in Lithuania and Belarus. Poland will share its experience in terms of organization as well as training and education of the young people. Project contractors set themselves the task of building a fire station and delivering a fire truck. An important element of the project will also be to activate young people by creating a youth fire team.