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Latest YE meeting in Poland and Latvia

Social involvement & V.I.P. training

Citizens' budget? What is it? That was one of the subjects discussed on the last YE meeting in Suwalki/Poland with Agnieszka Szyszko, the mayor’s representative for contacts with NGOs. The first citizens’ budget of 1 million PLN was established in 2014. In 2015 it has been doubled to 2 million PLN. Now people can propose their ideas for different projects.


Save the date for the 8. Annual ICN Conference!

... and then we take Berlin

After exploring the Baltic metropolis and cities this year’s annual ICN conference will bring together decision makers, politicians, experts, ICN partners and friends in Europe’s capital – Berlin. 


New networks have been established & projects have been launched

Realizing Bioeconomy in BalticSeaRegion

For two years the Nordic Council of Ministers has promoted the bioeconomy agenda in the Baltic Sea region as appointed Horisontal leader by the European Commission under the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. At a conference in Warsaw on March 4-5 a new three year plan for this effort was planned and discussed.


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"This project will be a good one!"

Young Eyes is a new IC project. It looks to me like it will be a good one. I was at the kick-off meeting in a cold and misty Warsaw in January. All the partners were there – Jelgava and Rauna from Latvia, our Polish friends from Suwalki, and from the far north came the delegation from Robertsfors in Sweden. In addition there was PAS from Edinburgh, bringing a lot of experience in youth involvement in built environment issues.

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How the TiF project is still affecting rural regions

Joniskis in transformation

In 2010 eleven partners from the Baltic Sea Region teamed up to transform rural regions by launching scenarios, new narratives and attractive urban design. It was the beginning of the Trans in Form (TIF) project. Now, more than two years after the project ended, TiF is still alive as TiF project partner Joniškis from Lithuania shows.


7th Annual ICN Conference in European's Capital of Culture

Finding Partners, Finding Friends

About 60 participants from eight different countries - among them experts as well as students – joined the annual conference of the Innovation Circle Network that recently took place in Riga – Europe’s Capital of Culture. 


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Rural reform is on the OECD agenda

A new OECD report, Regions and Cities: Where policies and people meet, makes the point that regional disparities in income are widening. It calls for a place-sensitive approach to policy making, in other words it recognises that policies need to be tuned to specific characteristics of places, rather than being uniform. 


Jelgava Local Municipality will renovate Eleja Tea house and fence

Pearl of Kurland classicism will be renewed

Jelgava Local Municipality has got green light for a project implementation under European Economic Area Financial Mechanism „Conservation and revitalization of cultural and natural heritage”. With the financial support of program it is considered to restore the Tea House and a stone fence in Eleja Manor park, which both currently are in extremely poor condition.


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Scotland's vote for independence

The eyes of the world are on Scotland this week. The referendum on Scottish independence looks like it will produce a close result. It’s been a long campaign, which the rest of the United Kingdom has largely ignored until the last couple of weeks when suddenly the gap between “yes” and “no” in the opinion polls has narrowed. 

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How do you measure success in caring for the past?

It’s been a busy summer. In particular I have been involved in work on “measuring success” for Scotland’s Historic Environment Strategy. As Chair of the Built Environment Forum Scotland I am chairing a “workstream” on this topic, with a brief to report to the Scottish Government and to the historic environment sector by the end of August.