Programme contributes to the final Stakeholder Conference on EU's Baltic Sea Strategy in Rostock
Around 400 representatives of the Baltic governments, local authorities, business, NGOs and academia took part in a final two day conference on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Rostock on 5-6 February 2009. Main aim was to exchange views on this Strategy that seeks to boost economic development and improve environmental conditions in and around the Baltic Sea. Also the Baltic Sea Region Programme representatives contributed to this conference. The Programme was mentioned several times as one of the potential financial instruments to support the implementation of the Strategy.
Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat Rostock/Riga, Susanne Scherrer, and project team leader, Eeva Rantama, presented the Programme in a workshop facilitated by Colin Wolfe (European Commission) on how to better address the potential of the Baltic Sea region. It was pointed out that priorities of the Programme are inline with the objectives of the Strategy as they aim to achieve the same goals. Three 1st call approved project examples were given to illustrate already existing transnational cooperation actions in place. Colin Wolfe reminded that the Programme is the only transnational cooperation programme in the Baltic Sea region. To download the Programme presentation from this workshop click here.
The conference was opened by EU Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and closed by Dirk Ahner, Director General of the DG Regional Policy. The Commissioner ensured that this conference marks the moment when we have to move from words to action to make the Strategy a reality and that it will make a difference and deliver lasting results. The Commissioner mentioned several flagship projects, which could been seen as a first step in the implementation of the Strategy.
On the second day of the conference themes like governance, implementation and financing were tackled. The Commission will present the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region by June 2009, with an action plan identifying lead partners, funding sources and a timeframe. The adoption of the Strategy will be one of the priorities of the Swedish EU Presidency in the second half of 2009. For more information please click here.
The conference was hosted by the German Bundesland of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Snapshots from the conference