The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission will be attending the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum on 4-5 June 2018 in Tallinn. The focus of the event is the Baltic Sea Region post-2020 – how “the EU Cohesion Policy and the EUSBSR can adapt to future challenges”.

This annual event will bring together over 700 participants, including representatives from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

The event will be held at crucial time, taking place just a few days after the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal on the future of Cohesion Policy.

It will therefore offer an excellent opportunity to discuss Cohesion Policy post-2020 and how to improve the implementation of the EUSBSR. Discussions will focus on how the programming process for the new period is important for Macro-regional Strategies to achieve better integration with EU funds and instruments.

During the opening plenary session, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, will deliver a keynote speech and present the Commission’s legislative package for Cohesion Policy post-2020.

Erik Bergkvist, President of Västerbotten Region and Member of the Executive Committee of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission will be part of the panel of the opening plenary.

The programme for the two day event includes more than 20 seminars on a wide range of topics related to the three objectives of the EUSBSR: Save the Sea, Increase connectivity and Prosperity in the Baltic Sea Region.

The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission will be co-organising, together with Policy Area Innovation of the EUSBSR, the seminar “Designing and orchestrating a BSR-wide smart specialisation strategy ecosystem”. The seminar will discuss how to make cooperation on Smart Specialisation more effective in the Baltic Sea Region and how Cohesion Policy Funds can be used to increase interregional cooperation. The panel discussion will include Mr Marek Przeor, representative from the European Commission and experts on Smart Specialisation (DG REGIO).

The event will be held three weeks after the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission General Assembly meeting in Oulu, Finland, where a large part of the discussions will focus on the EUSSBR and Cohesion Policy.

***Registration for the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum is open until 18 May.