2017 Berlin

Policy as a driver for Regional Development?

Time:     Tuesday, 13 June, 15:15 - 16:45    
Venue:   Lesehof/library


The purpose of the seminar is to highlight the linkage between regional development and transnational cooperation, placed into the framework of the EUSBSR, Cohesion Policy, Sustainable Development Goals and Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Focus question:

How can regions (regional stakeholders) benefit from transnational cooperation and use the EUSBSR, SDGs, Cohesion Policy and Smart Specialisation Strategies to drive development?


  • Showcase examples of best practice where (successful linkages between policy and practice as well as between regional and transnational levels) have been achieved with an effect on the regional development.
  • Discuss and highlight transnational cooperation as method and the EUSBSR, Cohesion Policy, SDGs and S3 as tools for regional development.
  • Elaborate on the role of regions to support regional stakeholders (interconnect, translate, communicate, contextualise)


  1. Introduction to the seminar, Daniel Sköld, facilitator (5-10 min)
  2. Showcase: 1-3 cases/illustrations (by regional stakeholders
    a.    Transport – TENtacle, Wiktor Szydarowski from Region Blekinge (10 min)
    b.    Blue Growth – Smart Blue Regions, Sonja Palhus or Petteri Partanen from Sothwest Finland (10 min)
    c.    Digital Transformation (10 min)?
  3. Facilitated discussions on drivers of regional development – EUSBSR/Sustainable Development Goals/Cohesion Policy/Smart Specialization. (10 min)
  4. The role of regions – panel discussion (30 min)
    a.    Wolf Born, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    b.    Carina Åkerberg, Region Gävleborg
    c.    Marko Mälly, The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme
  5. Q&A (10-15 min)


  • Daniel Sköld

Organiser(s) & contact details:

Åsa Bjering, Executive Secretary, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.