- NDPHS issues its e-Newsletter 1/2017 which includes farewell words from the outgoing NDPHS Secretariat Director and provides latest news and updates on recent NDPHS activities. (Read more)
- NDPHS issues its e-Newsletter 2/2016, which provides latest news and updates on recent NDPHS activities, and other interesting events and developments. (Read more)
- 28th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Representatives, 24 October 2017
- 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPHS Secretariat, 23 October 2017
- Joint Meeting of Primary Health Care and Prison Health Expert Groups, 19-20 October 2017
- 5th Meeting of the Expert Group on HIV, TB and Associated Infections, 3.10.2017
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EUROPEAN UNION STRATEGY FOR THE BALTIC SEA REGION
Integrated and coordinated governance as well as shared responsibility play an important role in the successful implementation of the Strategy. The stakeholders taking part in the implementation of the Strategy are:
- European Commission;
- High Level Group of macro-regional strategies;
- Member States;
- National Coordinators;
- Policy Area/Horizontal Action Focal Points;
- Policy Area Coordinators;
- Horizontal Action Coordinators;
- Flagship Leaders;
- Bodies in charge of implementing a programme/financial instrument.
Contact information for the above groups can be found on the EUSBSR website.
The roles and responsibilities of these stakeholders are described in the EUSBSR Action Plan. The success of the Strategy depends on the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, therefore it is important that all stakeholders on the local and regional level are involved when and where relevant.
The NDPHS is the Policy Area Coordinator of the "Health" Policy Area in the EUSBSR. By assuming this role, the NDPHS has committed itself to facilitating and, in some cases, implementing the relevant actions and projects mentioned in the Action Plan. To that end, the NDPHS works to, inter alia, bring together the relevant stakeholders, facilitate and monitor the implementation of projects and periodically report to the European Commission on the progress achieved.
We invite all interested stakeholders to join our efforts. You can become involved, by participating in project activities facilitated by the NDPHS, or may choose to develop your own activities that contribute to the implementation of the EUSBSR Action Plan.
You are also invited to use the tools (listed below), developed by the NDPHS, which aim at better coordination of activities performed by stakeholders.
Useful facilitation tools offered by NDPHS
The NDPHS invites the stakeholders, who are developing project ideas in the area of health and social well-being consistent with the EU BSR Strategy, to use the following tools developed by the NDPHS:
- Database: provides information on projects, organisations, persons and publications on issues of relevance to public health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area;
- Thematic reports: evaluate developments and trends in the region, identify challenges and gaps that require increased attention and action, present recommendations concerning policy and project-based interventions and share best practices;
- On-line Calendar: a list of upcoming, current, or past events concerning public health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area. Regularly updated by the NDPHS Secretariat and the NDPHS Expert Groups.
Whereas the Funding opportunities web page available in the Info Corner provides information about multitude of funding sources, the following section offers information exclusively aimed to aid the implementation of the EUSBSR.
As a matter of principle, the EUSBSR does not imply any additional new funding sources. However, the NDPHS may provide you with advice regarding sources of financing for certain projects.
For stakeholders interested in developing regional projects, the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility can be of interest, which provides financial support for the preparation of applications for funding available for regional projects in line with the EUSBSR.
All applications for funding should include a letter of support from the relevant Policy Area Coordinator (PAC) or Horizontal Action Coordinator (HAC). In the case of health related projects, the NDPHS Secretariat is the PAC which should express support. We recommend that an organisation that would like to develop a project in line with the EUSBSR Action Plan get in touch with us to discuss further details. If you would like to request support from the NDPHS for your project proposal, please consult the NDPHS criteria and procedure for issuing Letters of Support for Policy Area Health project applications for submission to the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility and get in touch with the NDPHS Secretariat.
Key facts about the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility:
- Applications are assessed on a rolling basis with funding decisions taken up to two times a year. First, applicants have to seek support from the relevant Priority Area Coordinator(s)/Horizontal Action Coordinators to obtain its/their Letter of Support (mentioned above). As the second step, applications are submitted digitally, together with the signed Letters of Support and Partner declarations. The paper versions are requested in case of approval;
- Applications must include at least three partners from at least three different BSR countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden as well as Norway, Belarus and North-West of Russia, with one assigned as a lead partner;
- The grant period may last for up to one year with an additional 2 months for the contracting phase and 1 month for closure;
- The size of grants range between 30,000 € and 50,000 €, with exceptional cases ranging up to
- Participation in seed money projects is open to public institutions, bodies governed by public law, and other bodies established under public or private law;
- Budget lines may include: personnel, travel and accommodation, meetings and events, external services. Others may be considered in exceptional cases.
The Seed Money website and the Seed Money Facility Manual offer more detailed information on the Facility and the application process. You may also contact the Facility’s staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and +49 381 45484 5210 with any questions you have on the application process.
Moreover, the NDPHS, as the PA Health Coordinator, is responsible for issuing letters of support for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. More information about funding and how to apply is available on the Programme’s homepage.
If you are submitting an application and wish to receive a Letter of Support, please contact the NDPHS Secretariat as soon as possible. Requests for a Letter of Support need to be submitted no later than one month prior to when the lead applicant plans to submit their application for funding. For further information can be found in the NDPHS procedure for issuing Letters of Support to projects applying for Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.