Following the first presentation of the Joint Paper (drafted by BSSSC, B7, BDF, Euroregion Baltic, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission and UBC) to the Head of Territorial Cooperation Unit at DG Regio, Mr Colin Wolfe, the six Baltic organisations have decided to continue their cooperation on the document. During the working meeting on 9th October (held at the office of the Danish Regions in Brussels and chaired by Mr Knud Andersen) it was agreed that the concrete proposal will be ready by the end of November and it will refer to the three specific challenges of the strategy, a) flagship projects as a short-term perspective of the strategy; b) common identity building aspect as a long-term perspective of the strategy; and c) BSR as a globally competitive micro-region as a long-term perspective of the strategy.
The organizations will present their flagship project proposals by 10th November and during the joint meeting on 26th November three best proposals will be selected into the paper to be delivered to the EC. The ideas should be of pan-Baltic character and envisage possible partnership and funding to implement them. They should also refer to the areas and activities included in the joint position agreed so far.
A special task force will also be established to propose ad present suggestions of a coordination method for the implementation of the strategy. The first meeting of the task force will take place 28/29 October with the UBC Board meeting in Växjö.
The EU Commission and the County Administrative Board of Stockholm hosted the first official Stakeholder Conference in relation to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, in Stockholm 30 September. The Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt were one of the speakers at the conference. You will find more clicking on this link: BDF website
In the course of discussions on the Baltic Sea Strategy Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has presented its contribution. You can read the paper in English and German.
You can read the non-paper presented by the Danish government here.
Polish Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE) has launched a special website devoted exclusively to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Pleas, go to: UKIE Website
Baltic Sea Economic Congress has been held today, 23 September 2008 in Warsaw, POLAND by the Office of the Committee for European Integration in co-operation with the Baltic Development Forum and demosEUROPA. The event is devoted exclusively to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Please, find out more at: Congress
One of the four roundtable seminars “How to make the Baltic Sea Region an Accessible and Attractive place” was arranged at the BSSSC Annual Conference on 18 September 2008 in Kaunas. The roundtable was organised by the European Commission DG Regional Policy as a part of the work on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The European Commission Regional Policy Directorate General has launched a new website on the upcoming EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. You will find information on the aim and objectives of the Strategy, other related EU policies, as well as on the actors in the Baltic Sea Region at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/baltic/.
Mr Niels Chresten Andersen was an ERB representative at the meeting of Baltic Sea Region organisations (a.o. ERB, BDF, B7 and BSSSC represented by the Danish Regions) which took place in Copenhagen with the aim of developing a joint position on the EU Baltic Sea Strategy. The meeting was chaired by Mr Knud Andersen, head of the Danish delegation to the Committee of the Regions and the former member of the ERB Board. The joint position is expected to be agreed on during September.
The Estonian non-paper on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region can now be downloaded here