2007-04-19 Youth and maritime policy issues in focus

The ERB Executive Board today met in Elblag, under the chairmanship of the new ERB President, Bernth Johnson. A main issue was the ERB Youth Conference held the following day in Elblag. The Board agreed on a four step plan for the further work to better integrate the Youth in the ERB work and development: 1) ERB Youth Conference 20 – 21 April, 2) Evalutation at the next Board meeting in Vilnius 2 June 2007, 3) Agreeing on the mandate of a Youth structure within ERB including financial means, to be discussed at the Board meeting in Kalmar 13 August 4) Start up of an ERB Youth structure at the next Council meeting in Gdansk in December 2007.

The Board also focused on the current debate within EU on a future Maritime Policy. Based on a presentation by Niels Chresten Andersen from Bornholm, the Board agreed to establish a Task Force lead by Mr Bo Löfgren from Blekinge Region, to prepare an ERB position to the next Board meeting in Vilnius 2 June 2007.

Two of the ERB networks reported about their activities to the Board: the Rural Development Network by its expert Mariana Gomez Johannesson from Kronoberg Region, and the Tourism Development Network by its expert Jacek Zdrojewski from Pomerania Region. Both networks are in a very solid progress in order to prepare concrete projects.