"making waves 2017"


Europe for Citizens point Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuanian, Estonia, Sweden and Poland
would like to invite you to attend the Baltic Sea networking event 2017 

“Making Waves 2017”

 18-20 OCTOBER 2017


Making Waves aims to establish contacts and develop ideas for future cooperation of Baltic Sea Region countries within the EU Europe for Citizens Programme. Following the success of the previous events (2013 Stockholm, 2014 Tallinn, 2015 Vilnius and 2016 in Helsinki) in creating international partnerships, Baltic Sea region’s contact making seminar “Making Waves” takes place for the fifth time, bringing together around 50 participants representing civil society organizations and public authorities from seven countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Poland. The aim is to create partnership possibilities between participating organisations and provide in depth knowledge about Europe for Citizens Programme.


In order to support and develop new project partnerships, the participants of the seminar will get a better understanding of Europe for Citizens Programme’s funding opportunities and priorities, application process and criteria. They will also be participating in a workshop with analyses examples of good applications and in workshops of preparing applications considering their own ideas of possible projects while going through all phases of the project span.

Who can participate?

The seminar is targeted to civil society organizations and public authorities from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden who are interested in developing international cooperation with funding from the Europe for Citizens Programme, including towns, municipalities and regional authorities, town twinning associations and networks, non-profit organizations and CSOs, survivor’s associations, cultural/youth/educational/research organisations. One participant per organization is expected to attend (total number of participants is limited, expecting five participants per country). The working language of the seminar is English.


Mr. Ansis Bogustovs

Ansis Bogustovs has extensive experience working with Public Relations and Media. Since 2007 Ansis Bogustovs is Editor in chief of EU affairs web-portal, since 2005 Host of Latvian TV EU affairs program “Eirobusiņš”, since 2004 editor of Latvian TV producer “HansaMedia”. He was awarded “The best TV producer”, “Best Young TV journalist of Latvia” and also had award “For successful creation of new breakfast TV program “Rita bums”.


Each Europe for Citizens point is going to cover the travel costs and accommodation of their participants and Experts who will be invited to present the outcome of successful projects. Europe for Citizens point in Latvia is going to pay for fully equipped conference halls of the event as well as meals for all participants.

*The applicants should contact their local Europe for Citizens contact point for participation fees and possible reimbursement of the expenses.


Those interested in applying should fill a registration form on Google.
A selection of participants will be made by every participating country’s Europe for Citizens contact point taking into consideration the profiles and interests of the applicants.

Deadline for applying: September 18, 2017.



Seminar: The Library of the University of Latvia (4 Kalpaka Boulevard, Riga)


  • on the 18th of October - restaurant “Melnā bite” (13 Audēju street, Riga)

  • on the 19th of October – restaurant “B bārs” (Doma square 2, Riga)

Preliminary programme 

1st day – October 18
Venue: restaurant “Melnā bite”, 13 Audēju street
17:00 Arrival, dinner and first step of networking – Ice breaking

2nd day – October 19
08:15 Departure from the meeting point (Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa (lobby), 33 Kalēju Street) to the meeting venue (The Library of the University of Latvia, 4 Kalpaka Boulevard)
08:30 Registration, coffee
09:00 Opening and introduction
  • Mr. Sandis Voldiņš, State Secretary, Ministry of Culture in Latvia 
  • Mr. Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit C1, European Commission 
09:40 Getting to know each other and sharing ideas
10:20 Presentation of the programme
10:40 Programme priorities
  • Mrs. Dace Akule, Director, AKULE consulting 
11:40 Coffee break
12:00 Presentations of successful projects
  • Mrs. Rima Norvilienė, Šilalė District Municipality Administration in Lithuania, project: “We of Today – Europe of Tomorrow” (Town Twinning) 
  • Mr. William O´Gorman, Kalajoki municipality in Finland, project: “Welcome to Europe: 3i - inclusion, integration and internationalization” (Networks of Towns) 
  • Mrs. Aleksandra Borek, Collegium Civitas, project: “PROJEKT E.U.R.O.P.E. - European Union Rapprochement for Offenders and Pupils Education” (Civil Society projects) 
  • Mr. Patrick Rang, the Museum of the Estonian War of Independence, project: “The Great Escape” and the “Shetland bus” - two sides of the coin that shaped the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees” (European remembrance) 
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Initiating project ideas
19:00 Dinner (restaurant “B bārs” 2 Doma Square (Doma laukums))

3rd day – Friday 20th October
Venue: The Library of the University of Latvia, 4 Kalpaka Boulevard
09:00 Coffee
09:30 Opening and summary of previous day
09:40 Finalization and presentations of project ideas, evaluation
12:00 Next steps in implementation of the projects, closing
12:30 Lunch, departure

The facilitator: Mr. Ansis Bogustovs, SIA LV.EU owner/producer
  • since 2007 Editor in chief of EU affairs web-portal, 
  • since 2005 Host of Latvian TV EU affairs program “Eirobusiņš”, 
  • since 2004 editor of Latvian TV producer “HansaMedia”


For more information, please turn to your local Europe for Citizens coordinator. Find contacts here.