1. Transnational cooperation helps to reduce disparities and increases cohesion
By facilitating knowledge exchange, transnational cooperation empowers disadvantaged regions. It builds capacities and enables each territory to learn from the others, tapping into methods and solutions that are then developed or applied elsewhere in the region.
The Baltic Sea region features a wide range of research and innovation infrastructures. Yet these infrastructures are not equally distributed, interconnected or optimally utilised. The Interreg project Science Link therefore created a network of large-scale neutron and photon labs which offered consultancy and beam time to enterprises, in particular to small and medium sized enterprises.
Through Science Link network, more than 40 enterprises from the Baltic Sea region received access to large-scale, high-tech research facilities to develop their products in areas such as energy, food, biotechnology and chemicals. Baltic TRAM builds on the Science Link experiences and continues strengthening the relationship between analytical research institutions and businesses by offering consultations and access to research facilities, e.g. to ensure the application of smart specialisation strategies. This way transnational cooperation contributes to cohesion and equal chances for running business in the Baltic Sea region.
A downward spiral of emigration, economic downturn and loss of services in rural areas of the Baltic Sea region puts disadvantaged groups at risk of poverty and exclusion. Some social service providers have been helplessly watching this development, while others have already developed a new approach to social services: empowerment. Social service providers activate recipients of social services to voice their needs in service design and to become part of the solution themselves.
In the Interreg project SEMPRE social service providers learn methods and examples of empowerment. By now, social workers activated single parents in central Lithuania, intellectually challenged young people in Estonia and migrants in northern Germany. Transnational cooperation thus enables social workers in disadvantaged areas to combat social exclusion with methods such as empowerment that have been successfully applied elsewhere.
New skills for social workers in Lithuania and beyond
More information about the project SEMPRE.