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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…

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Environmental Partnership remains core issue of Baltic Sea Strategy

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The environment and protection of the the Baltic Sea is still a common challange. At the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Baltic Sea States on Environmental Protection in Saint Petersburg 5 April EU Commisioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn underlined, that the cross-border cooperation on environmental issues of the Baltic Sea is fundamental for the EU Strategy…

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Welcome to Riga!

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The Baltic Development Forum Summit is very pleased to return to Riga, 10 years after the first BDF Summit in the Latvian capital. With the return to Riga, BDF embarks on a new tour de metropolis around the Baltic Sea – a tour which has been completed over the past 15 years. We begin this new journey optimistically as the…

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Baltic Sea Labour Forum discussed youth employment

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Baltic Sea Labour Forum is a platform for exchange of experience between social partners and other key players of the labour market in the Baltic Sea Region: Employers and business confederations, trade unions, politicians and experts. BSLF organized a Round Table 15 November in Hamburg to discuss experience and joint initiatives to promote Youth Employment and Mobility of Labour. Both…

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Paul Krugman’s Baltic Problem

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Why is the Nobel Prize-winning economist mocking the countries that have escaped the eurocrisis? BY ANDERS ÅSLUND | SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 Amid the carnage of the European financial crisis, the Baltic countries, by and large, are doing quite well. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are booming. Last year, their growth rates reached 7.6 percent, 5.5 percent, and 5.9 percent, respectively. The…

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looking forward to positive co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region

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The Russian Presidency of CBSS (Council for the Baltic Sea States) will be used as a one of many means to join forces with international partner organisations to create new projects in the Baltic Sea Region. In an interview in the Amber Bridge Magazine Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov elaborates on a future more active Russian role in the area. One of the main CBSS…

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21st Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, 28-29 August, St. Petersburg, Mariinsky Palace

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This week the Russian Federal Assembly hosted the 21st conference of the Baltic Sea region Parliamentarians at the regional assembly of St. Petersburg in the beautiful Mariinsky Palace. The topic of the meeting was energy, ecology, and social welfare: cooperation for a sustainable development of the Baltic Sea region. Baltic Development Forum’s Director Hans Brask was invited as a speaker…