Projects and initiatives
The BaltMet Network operates through initiating and co-ordinating particular co-operation projects between the member cities.
Through the project co-operation the network develops innovative approaches to involve actors especially in the fields of science, business and city administration.
Current projects and initiatives carried out under Baltic Metropoles umbrella:
Creative Metropoles – strengthening public policies and support instruments for developing the economic potential of creative industries.
Baltic Sea Innovation Network Centres (BaSIC) – identification, selection and training of fast-growing, innovative SMEs.
Joint SME Finance for Innovation (JOSEFIN) – developing and improving financial instruments with combined coaching programmes in order to promote access to finance for innovation and internationalisation of SMEs.
Baltmet Promo – contributing to the regional branding and identity building, attracting tourists, talents, and investors to Baltic Sea Region.
ONE BSR – the umbrella project for branding the Baltic Sea Region, developing joint promotional services, testing them and creating the identity of the Region.
Baltic Sea Challenge – a municipal level challenge project including all countries around the Baltic Sea – the cities encourage each other in positive competition in improving the state of the Baltic Sea together with other actors.
Clean Baltic Sea Shipping – the project is set to elaborate a general clean shipping strategy, to support the strategy by 6 pilot projects and to make it‘s activities and outcomes known to the public.
BaltMet Info Forum – established in 2007, its aim is to increase the quality of the information services in the BaltMet cities by seeing and learning, by making use of the technical knowledge and experiences in using different channels in the information work, in partner cities. Meetings have taken place in Oslo, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn and St. Petersburg, and will continue in 2011-2013 depending on interest in partner cities. Oslo (lead), Helsinki, Tallinn, Vilnius, St. Petersburg and Berlin.
Rail Baltica Growth Corridor – aims to improve the competitiveness and accessibility of cities and regions in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region through increased interaction and cooperation. RBGC creates a cooperation and transport service platform that observes the needs of both transport sector and customers in line with the green growth corridor principles.
BaltMet Inno – regional innovation policy framework and creation of platform for transnational cluster developing.
BaltMet Invest – coordination of investment strategies for three Baltic capitals: Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.
BaltMet Exchange – staff exchange among culture departments of Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw, on way towards a successful municipal mobility model.
Public Procurement for Innovation – an initiative to raise awareness on advantages of public procurement for innovation in increasing competitiveness of the metropolitan regions.
Balticness – CBSS Latvian presidency project, a year long series of public events promoting the Baltic Sea Region (2007 – 2008).