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2008-07-06 Euroregion Baltic to develop its position paper on the Baltic Strategy

Following the decision by the Executive Board for Euroregion Baltic to take active part in the consultation of the upcoming EU strategy for the Baltic Sea, ERB Council members (including ERB Executive Board and ERB Youth Board), ERB Secretariats and leaders of the ERB Working Groups have been asked to contribute to the drafting of an ERB position on the strategy. Please, go to Questions to read through the document sent out around ERB.

Euroregion will also take part in the in the work to develop a joint position of 9 Baltic organisations (Euroregion Baltic, Baltic Sea States Sub-regional  Cooperation, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, Baltic Development Forum, Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Union of the Baltic Cities, Baltic Metropoles Network, B7 and Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association). The first meeting in the attemp to agree on such a joint position will take place in Copenhagen on 22nd Augist 2008.

Following the decision by the Executive Board for Euroregion Baltic to take active part in the consultation of the upcoming EU strategy for the Baltic Sea, ERB Council members (including ERB Executive Board and ERB Youth Board), ERB Secretariats and leaders of the ERB Working Groups have been asked to contribute to the drafting of an ERB position on the strategy. Please, go to Questions to read through the document sent out around ERB.

Euroregion will also take part in the in the work to develop a joint position of 9 Baltic organisations (Euroregion Baltic, Baltic Sea States Sub-regional  Cooperation, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, Baltic Development Forum, Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Union of the Baltic Cities, Baltic Metropoles Network, B7 and Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association). The first meeting in the attemp to agree on such a joint position will take place in Copenhagen on 22nd Augist 2008.

Today the high attention is given to Environmental protection issues in Baltic see region. There are regions where environment conservation is the area of responsibility for more than single country. The Baltic see is one of such regions, which is very sensitive to negative impact from people. Toward this end the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) where Denmark, Estonia, European community, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden are working together to protect the Baltic marine environment.

The Helsinki commission meets annually with politicians, experts and stakeholders in the field of environmental protection. More detailed information about HELCOM you may find on HELCOM web-site www.helcom.fi. On 22nd of May, 2008 the First Stakeholder Workshop on Implementation of the HELCOM Baltic See Action Plan for the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation had been held in order to involve local stakeholders in the Action Plan implementation process. The workshop dealt with the segments of the Baltic see Action plan:

Eutrophication
Hazardous substances
Biodiversity
Maritime activities

In opening address the governor of Kaliningrad region Mr. Georgiy Boos stressed particular importance of Baltic see conservation for further generations and urged to active participation in this field. After this several reports concerning HELCOM Action plan and its implementation has been presented. After main part of the conference there were three parallel sessions on:

water waste water treatment
agriculture
biodiversity

Special emphasis at the conference has been given to the water purification projects because current situation in this issue is extremely dangerous for Baltic see waters. It is necessary that all municipalities which impact on see water area should participate in this work. With this purpose there are recommendations in HELCOM Baltic See Action Plan.

The Head of National secretariat of Russian party of Euroregion Baltic Mr. Victor Koshelev have presented the information about ?Environmental protection in Kaliningrad region? reference network activity in the framework of Seagull II project. His report included the information about project ideas concerning Hot Spot 49 (Sovetsk Pulp&Paper Mill) and Hot Spot 73 (Vistula lagoon) and also about planed transformation of Environmental Protection reference network in to formal ERB Working Group. In the end of the seminar some concrete suggestions on priority issues have been prepared which can be used by involved stakeholders as a Roadmap for implementation of the Baltic See Action Plan for Kaliningrad region.

Around 80 people attended the Euroregion Baltic seminar on the upcoming strategy, co-organised with the Regional Office of Pomorskie Region in Brussels. Thanks the speakers representing European Parliament, Swedish Government, DG Regio, Committee of the Regions, Baltic Development Forum, ScanBalt, Helsinki Commission and Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association. The participants had the opportunity to hear about the Strategy in more detail and offer their views on how to make it work for the benefit of the Baltic Sea Region. You will find out more in Final Programme, List of Participants, Conclusions, Speech by Jose Palma Andres, Presentation by Pontus Lindberg, Notes by S. Demkowicz-Dobrzanski.

Around 80 people attended the Euroregion Baltic seminar on the upcoming strategy, co-organised with the Regional Office of Pomorskie Region in Brussels. Thanks the speakers representing European Parliament, Swedish Government, DG Regio, Committee of the Regions, Baltic Development Forum, ScanBalt, Helsinki Commission and Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association. The participants had the opportunity to hear about the Strategy in more detail and offer their views on how to make it work for the benefit of the Baltic Sea Region. You will find out more in Final Programme, List of Participants, Conclusions, Speech by Jose Palma Andres, Presentation by Pontus Lindberg, Notes by S. Demkowicz-Dobrzanski.

Region Blekinge has just developed its proposal towards an EU Startegy for the Baltic Sea. Read here its full text or go to Popular version for a summary.

Please, find here the contribution from the Polish government.

Here you can familiarise yourself with the recent paper presenting the contribution to the Strategy from the Lithuanian government.

The following is the position of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC), as presented by Mr Knud Andersen at the Seminar called “Baltic Sea Strategy” organized on June 4th, 2008 by the informal Baltic Sea Group – a network of 19 Brussels offices of the Baltic Sea regions.

Euroregion Baltic is holding a conference on the upcoming Baltic Sea Region Strategy in Brussels on 11th June 2008. The event will be hosted by the Pomeranian Regional Office at 6, Rond point Schumann. To read more on the Strategy and the Cnference itself, please follow this link: EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy

 

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