Message from the Board – BDF to cease activities by 31 July 2018

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20 years after the establishment of Baltic Development Forum, the Baltic Sea Region has developed into one of the most integrated regions in EU and globally. The exchange across-borders – politically, economically, and commercially – is taking place naturally. Many of the barriers and challenges have been overcome or significantly reduced, not least thanks to the accession of the Baltic States and Poland to the EU.

BDF has to a significant degree been part of and contributed to this development through BDF´s many activities and cooperation with regional partners. With the growing integration of the region, BDF´s vision to create one of the most dynamic regions in EU and globally has come through.

On this basis, BDF´s board has decided to cease BDF´s activities in connection to BDF´s 20th anniversary in 2018 which will be celebrated at the up-coming 20th BDF Summit held on 4th June 2018 in Tallinn.

BDF is widely recognized as a leading international think tank and cooperation platform in the Baltic Sea Region. BDF´ has helped to lay the foundations for continued regional cooperation with many potentials still to be reached. It is the hope of BDF’s board that the legacy of the organization will inspire others to drive forward Baltic Sea Region cooperation. Even if BDF does not continue, the region will continue to develop as a model for regional integration and an inspiration for other macro-regions across the EU.

The board of BDF is very proud of the contribution made by BDF and our highly engaged staff over the last 20 years. We hope that many will join us for the celebration of BDF´s 20th anniversary at the up-coming 20th BDF Summit in Tallinn in June, an opportunity to thank our committed partners all over the region and beyond.

BDF will continue its current planned activities until 31 July 2018.

On behalf of the BDF board,

Lene Espersen


For more information or questions, please contact Director Flemming Stender by email