UBC’s Executive Board met in Kaunas

Next UBC Executive Board Meeting will be held in Stockholm on 10 November 2016, in connection with the 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the BSR, Stockholm, 8–9 November 2016.

Executive Board of the UBC met on 6–8 June in the summery city of Kaunas. Among the issues discussed are UBC’s Work Plan to Support Youth Employment and Well-Being, UBC work on refugee issues, and UBC’s involvement in implementing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Youth Employment and Well-Being – sharing best practises and tackling challenges

In 2013 UBC established a Task Force on Youth Employment and Well-Being to collect best-practices and highlight the challenges and solutions in the field. The Task Force produced final report called ‘The Good, The Bad and The Next Practices’.
The report sums up the results of the two year’s work of 27 experts from 15 member cities and six countries and serves as a handbook for professionals and others interested in the topic. It presents concrete suggestions and raises questions to be solved in the future and is a valuable tool to combat youth unemployment and marginalization.
In February 2016 the report was sent out to stakeholders, including respective ministries, EU institutions and organisation, and received very positive responses and proposals of cooperation.

UBC continues the work on refugee issues

The UBC conference on the refugee situation in the Baltic Sea cities was held in Rostock on 15–16 March 2016. The conference gathered around 70 civil servants from the region. The conference aimed at sharing ideas and practical solutions on how to integrate the newcomers.

The conference adopted the resolution entitled “Refugees – a challenge and a chance for the cities of the Baltic Sea Region”. The resolution calls for solidarity between EU countries and stresses that the UBC cities take the immigration not only as a challenge but also as a chance for further development – all inhabitants contribute to the local well-being.

– We are aware that the refugees’ integration process is long-lasting one and should get continuous attention. The conference was a first such opportunity to present the cities’ experiences and also a good starting point to further discussions, states UBC’s Secretary General Paweł Żaboklicki.

At the 75th UBC Executive Board meeting in Rostock held on 16 March 2016, the UBC Board decided to create a Task Force to discuss how UBC could follow the results of the conference and promote exchange of know-how between the member cities in question. The Task Force met in Kaunas on 6 June 2016. The UBC’s idea is to collect the best practices and solutions and spread them across the region and Europe.

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