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Latest agenda and list of participants: 417 registered for the conference in Jyväskylä
The Baltic Sea Region Programme conference "The power of the Baltic Sea macro-region" in Jyväskylä, Finland on 30 November -1 December 2010 will gather more than 400 policy makers and representatives of national, regional and local authorities from all those countries bordering the Baltic Sea and beyond, Non-Governmental Organisations, researchers and academics, project partners and interested project promoters - and all those dedicated to further developing the Baltic Sea region towards a model region in Europe.
- List of participants
- Background paper "The Concept of Macro-Regions: Practice and Prospects"
- Description of speakers
- Pre-conference programme on Bioenergy
- Pre-conference session on Transport Policies in the Baltic Sea Region
- Practical information
- Fact-sheet about Jyväskylä
We will have a video message by the President of Finland Ms Tarja Halonen. From Mr Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs, we will get the Finnish viewpoints for the European Union's cohesion policy beyond 2013. Mr John Bachtler, Director of the European Policies Research Centre (Glasgow), and Mr Ole Damsgaard, Director of Nordregio, will provide the academic grounds for an informed exchange of views among conference participants about the much debated concept of macro-regional strategies in the European Union. Speakers from the European Commission (Mr Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit, Regional Policy) and the Danube region (Ms Anna Bérczi, Head of Department, Office for the EU Danube Region Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary) will reflect on similarities and differences of building up a macro-regional development strategy. The transnational cooperation projects funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme will demonstrate their achievements and contributions to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.
Conference participants will have space to network and explore the City of Jyväskylä and the region of Central Finland. We will learn about Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and visit his works, accompanied by music and food, during the get-together on 29 Nov. The pre-conference programme on 30 Nov will start with a visit to Keljonlahti power plant and continue with a seminar on bioenergy. The performance of the Dance Theatre Kramppi and Finnish folk music will craft atmosphere at the conference and the reception on 30 November.
The event is organised by the Baltic Sea Region Programme's Joint Technical Secretariat in co-operation with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Regional Council of Central Finland and the City of Jyväskylä. Have you not been there yet? Jyväskylä is situated 270 km north from Helsinki, connected by flights, busses and trains. We look forward to welcoming you in Jyväskylä, the human technology city!