Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:15

EUSBSR Flagship status – what does it mean for a project?

Written by  Paulina Szmidka

In February 2017, three new Flagship projects were approved by the National Coordinators under Policy Area Safe, Policy Area Secure and Horizontal Action Climate. The actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region are implemented by means of Flagships. Flagships demonstrate the progress of the Strategy, and may serve as pilot examples for desired action in a given field.

What does the Flagship status mean for the newly approved projects?

Photo: Peter DamPhoto: Peter Dam

The newly approved PA Safe Flagship, "Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II" (WINMOS II), aims to ensure safe and reliable winter traffic in a cost efficient way by further developing the winter navigation system and ensuring sufficient icebreaking capacity. It also enhances and deepens the co-operation between Estonia, Finland and Sweden in a continued spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Brussels 2015 concerning a common optimal icebreaking service level and capacity for upcoming needs.


”The Flagship status of EUSBSR is important for the project as it helps to disseminate the importance of the winter navigation subject matter as it is not commonly known in Europe. The flagship status also shows that the importance of winter navigation has been recognized on a higher level.”


Emmi Huvitus, Chief Project Manager for WINMOS II from Finnish Transport Agency (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +358 40 659 2465)


More information about the project can be found on the project’s website:


The objective of PA Secure Flagship "Developing an evaluation model to asses prevention measures" (EVAPREM) is to develop a universal and comprehensive model for evaluating the results of the prevention measures implemented. The aim is to deepen understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of the prevention services considering the corresponding socio-economic environment.


"EVAPREM Flagship Project will try to demonstrate the process and progress of the EUSBSR, and may serve as pilot examples for desired change.”


Kristiina Vilu, Estonian Rescue Board.


The most updated information concerning EVAPREM Project can be provided by Indrek Ints (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +372  5269800) from the Estonian Rescue Board.


The HA Climate newly approved Flagship, "iWater - Improving urban planning by developming integrated and multifunctional storm water management in the Central Baltic cities", develops guidelines and tools for Integrated Storm Water Management (ISWM) and introduces good storm water management practices into urban planning processes.


“Managing stormwater run-off is a growing challenge for many municipalities around the Baltic Sea Region, with stormwater pollution, flooding and other effects imposing serious impacts on water quality, public health and local environments. iWater project develops cost-effective, sustainable and holistic stormwater management solutions that supports the Sustainable Development Goals and creates higher quality and more resilient urban environments for our citizens. The flagship status is a recognition for our essential work towards the implementation of the SD and EUSBSR goals and we are very proud of it.”


Björn Grönholm, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission (project partner of iWater).


More information about the Flagship project iWater can be provided by Agnieszka Ilola (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) from UBC Sustainable Cities Commission.


See all EUSBSR Flagships here.


Text compiled by Paulina Szmidka
Paulina is one of the project partners of "Let's communicate!" -project that functions as the communication point of the EUSBSR

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