8th Annual Forum of the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
The CPMR’s Baltic Sea Commission is co-organising the 8th annual ‘Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’, taking place on 13-14 June in Berlin.
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is a tool for tackling common challenges and for the region to reach its full potential. The CPMR’s Baltic Sea Commission (BSC), together with its Member Regions, supports the main goals of the strategy: Save the Sea, Increase Connectivity and Prosperity of the Baltic Sea Region.
The ‘Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’ is an annual event which aims to shape debates among decision-makers from the businesses, politics, international organisations and civil society from across the Baltic Sea Region.
It is an important platform that ensures the visibility of the Strategy and strengthens cooperation in the Region. Strategy Forums of the EUSBSR have been organised every year since 2010 with an increasing number of participants, reaching up to 600-900 people during the last few years.
At the Baltic Sea Commission’s 2016 General Assembly, held in Gävleborg, Member Regions took the decision to place special emphasis on ‘Working for a stronger involvement of regional stakeholders in the governance and implementation of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region’.
As a result, it was decided that the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission would co-organise the 8th Forum of the EUSBSR, together with the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, in close cooperation with the European Commission.
The forum is taking place back-to-back with the General Assembly of the Baltic Sea Commission.
The Baltic Sea Commission will be involved in providing quality content for discussion at the high-level sessions and workshops. It will also organise for Regional and Local Stakeholders to speak at the event.
The BSC has set up a special task force which will support its secretariat in the task of planning the forum. The task force is also contributing to a study that will be showcased during the Annual Forum.
About the study being presented at the Forum
The study will aim to highlight the link between regional development and transnational cooperation. The focus will be on the changes and impacts achieved through transnational projects and activities.
These will then be illustrated through a series of best practices. Ultimately, the study will be an easy-to-use communication tool, helping stakeholders shape how they communicate the values and results achieved through transnational cooperation.
During the spring of 2017, the BSC completed an inventory of projects and initiatives relevant to the themes and its members. This inventory will be used for the further selection of best practices, as well as the design and development of the communication tool.
During the BSC workshop at the Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’, the BSC will present the findings of the study, while also connecting it to discussions on regional and transnational linkages within the framework of the EUSBSR, Smart Specialisation Strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Find out all the event information about the Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’ on its official website.