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20 years of CBSS – Council of Baltic Sea States

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A positive interest for the future of the Baltic Sea region looks to grow more and more amongst businessmen, politicians and academia. This is at least the impression one brings home from participating in the Baltic Sea Days in Berlin (23 – 25. April) where more than 1000 people took part in a series of exciting events (see www…).

As a means of showing the importance of the CBSS, the new German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, opened the Baltic Sea Days and gave extra flavour to his speech when he mentioned his own close relationship to the Baltic Sea since he was born at the coast of the Baltic Sea in Rostock, where he also finished his studies at university.

This year the German Presidency of CBSS – Council of Baltic Sea States – celebrated 20 years cooperation in the region with high level inputs and suggestions to future challenges. The president highlighted the development where the Baltic Sea today represented freedom and hope whereas it used to represent a sea of confrontation.

“The Baltic Sea Region has developed into a rollmodel for other regions. Let us all go in the european direction”, said president Joachim Gauch at the beginning of the Baltic Sea Days monday evening 24. April.

In connection to the CBSS 20 year celebrations the Nordeuropa-Institute at the Humboldt-University in Berlin has released a small book looking back at the cooperation – and at the same time elaborating on future projects connecting the states in the region.

12 authors have given their inputs to the booklet – three of them with tight bonds to the Baltic Development Forum: former chairman Uffe Elleman-Jensen, director of BDF Hans Brask  (together with Marcus Andersson) and member of the BDF Advisory Board Bernd Henningsen.

In connection to the CBSS 20 year celebrations the Nordeuropa-Institute at the Humboldt-University in Berlin has released a small book looking back at the cooperation – and at the same time elaborating on future projects connecting the states in the region.

12 authors have given their inputs to the booklet – three of them with tight bonds to the Baltic Development Forum: former chairman Uffe Elleman-Jensen, director of BDF Hans Brask  (together with Marcus Andersson) and member of the BDF Advisory Board Bernd Henningsen.

You can find the booklet at www.kulurhaus-berlin.de

The content:

1 The Council of the Baltic Sea States – 20 Years of Regional Improvement
Jan Lundin

2 Infected with a Sense of “Balticness”
Interview with Uffe Ellemann-Jensen

3 Baltic Sea Organizations after EU Enlargement
Tobias Etzold

4 Die Ostsee nach Berlin holen
Interview mit Klaus von Lepel, stellv. Leiter des Arbeitsstabes
“Deutsche Ostseeratspräsidentschaft 2011/2012”

5 Im Zeichen der deutschen Präsidentschaft: 20 Jahre Ostseeparlamentarierkonferenz
Rückblick – Erfolg – Forderungen

Franz Thönnes

6 Review of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
A comment by Lidia Puka

7 Brücken bauen – Zusammenarbeit fördern!
Bernd Henningsen

8 Die Bedeutung des Ostseerats für die Länder der Region – Ein Blick aus Estland
Mart Laanemäe

9 The Baltic States and the Baltic Sea Region
Mindaugas Jurkynas

10 Branding the Baltic Sea Region – In Between Global and European Trends
Hans Brask and Marcus Andersson

11 Ars Baltica quo vadis?
Clemens Bomsdorf

12 Das Dialogforum Feste Fehmarnbeltquerung: Ein runder Tisch auf der Suche nach Gemeinsamkeiten bei unterschiedlichen Interessenlagen um Nordeuropas größtes Infrastrukturprojekt
Christoph Jessen

13 Literatur und Links

www.love-shop.com.ua
www.rbt.com.ua/services/design-project/
http://shah21.com.ua
www.http://niko-trading.niko.ua/