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Martin Lidegaard: The Rising Importance of the Baltic Sea Region – Article in Baltic Rim Economies issue 4/2010

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The Baltic region is unique in many respects. It shares many commonalities. History, culture, economic development and not least economic potential are but a few examples. The Baltic Sea area is a region with immense potential. And the EU membership of Poland and the Baltic states has given the area more clout. We work together, trade together and share a…

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Baltic Development Forum at the Swedish Almedalsveckan

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Baltic Development Forum was present as Almedalsveckan, the ”Almedalen Week”, took place 26 June – 6 July. Almedalsveckan is the annual forum for Swedish internal politics, and gathers the political parties, the media, organisations and spokespeople on a multitude of issues in Visby, Gotland. The 2014 Almedalsveckan saw 25 000 participants, 50 000 visitors and 700 journalists attend around 3400…

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Hans Brask: Governance crisis in the Baltic Sea region cooperation?

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The European Commission will soon present a communication on governance in the Baltic Sea Region cooperation. This is a very timely initiative, since the regional cooperation calls for leadership and guidance at a time where the planned meeting of the CBSS Heads of Government in Turku has been cancelled due to the Ukraine/Crimean-crisis with Russia: Some Prime Ministers just do…

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Baltic Development Forum at Business Forum in St. Petersburg

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“The business of business is business – not international affairs”. This is one of the key points transpired from the Northern Dimension Business Council meeting that took place in St. Petersburg 3 April 2014. Business leaders from all over the region see a clear need for re-establishing trust due to Russia’s role in the current crisis in Ukraine. Nevertheless, most…

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BDF moderated conference on sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region – AQUAFIMA and Aquabest joint final event

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Lovisa Selander, Head of Water and Environmental Affairs, was the moderator of the joint final conference of the projects AQUAFIMA and Aquabest, held in Mariehamn, Åland Islands on the 5 and 6 February 2014. Under the heading “Sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region – boosting regional development while limiting environmental effects”, the 120 participants from research institutions, policy making,…

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EU project – Rensol presented at the 8th Energy Forum in Sopot

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Decentralised government levels are keeping the energy efficiency agenda high on the agenda On behalf of Rensol ( EU financed project) Hans Brask, Director of the Baltic Development Forum, participated in the 8th Energy Forum 16-18 December 2013 in Sopot just outside Gdansk in Poland – the Polish neighbouring region of Kaliningrad.  Please find more information about the Conference on Energy Forum’s…

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Europaministerens tale: Østersøsamarbejdet – Nye Mål, Nye Midler

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Tak til Baltic Development Forum for invitationen til at komme her i dag og fortælle om de danske prioriteter og indsatsområder Østersøregionen. Det er en fornøjelse hver gang, og det var det også sidst, da jeg deltog i Baltic Development Forums topmøde Riga. Tillykke med det fine topmøderesultat! Jeg lægger selv stor vægt på at være med til at drøfte…

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EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: Where are we heading?

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The implementing actors of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region were gathered at the 4th Working Meeting for the Strategy, 10-11 April 2013 in Espoo, Finland, organised by INTERACT Point Turku and the European Commission, DG Regio. BDF was invited as Horisontal Action Leader for the Strategy area “HA Promo” (development of regional identity and branding), a role…

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Statement of Saint Petersburg Conference on Baltic Sea environment

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The conference was held as part of the Year of the Environment in Russia and as part of Russia’s presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2013. Statement of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Baltic Sea States for Environmental Protection of the Baltic Sea At the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Russian…

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Russian soft power and the environment of the Baltic Sea

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Last Friday Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated and tweeted that “The Baltic States’ priority for the 21st century — the environment”. “The steady development of the Baltic region can only be ensured if environmental goals are pursued in conjunction with economic and social aims”, Medvedev continued before the opening of the High-level Conference of the Baltic Sea States on…