8th Annual Forum
8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
Berlin, Federal Foreign Office – 13/14 June 2017
The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office together with the CPMR - Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission on 13 - 14 June 2017 in Berlin. About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and business will discuss a broad range of issues relevant for the Baltic Sea Region.
The motto of the 8th Annual Forum is “connectivity”, highlighting the necessity to further intensify contacts throughout the whole Baltic Sea Region and to develop a better awareness of each other’s perspectives. This includes the neighbouring regions of the EUSBSR. Cooperation in form of mutually beneficial projects may have beneficial spill-over effects and contribute to confidence-building in politically difficult times. “Connectivity” also concerns an efficient and comprehensive collaboration between all levels of government. Connectivity is essential for today’s research activities as well as for cultural exchange including tourism. Connectivity has an important infrastructural dimension - be it in the area of transport, energy or communication. It is the basis for modern business, which is network based and outward looking.
Since 2010 a yearly forum has been organised to support the EUSBSR. The purpose of the forum is to communicate the work of the Strategy and its objectives, to stimulate policy discussion, promote results, and to provide stakeholders of the EUSBSR with a networking occasion.
The annual forum takes place in one of the eight EU member states in the Baltic Sea Region and aims to attract key stakeholders and active partners of the EUSBSR from local, regional, national and EU level.
19th Baltic Development Forum Summit: New Perspectives on Growth
Berlin, 13 June
The 19th BDF Summit is arranged in conjunction with the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
This year, the 19th Baltic Development Forum Summit challenges old truths and takes a look at how a changing world creates new perspectives on growth. In what ways can an increased focus on sustainability and social engagement provide profits for business? How can the digital transformation open up new opportunities for small and medium size companies around the region? What will the political and economic developments within and outside the region mean for regional cooperation and our future economic performance? Together we will chart a new way for how to grow our region.
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