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Northern Dimension Business Council – a new platform for dialogue with Russian business

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When regional initiatives come from Russian partners – and even from Russian business community in our region – everyone should pay attention. The new Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC) has been established and two co-chairmen have been appointed: Mr. Tapio Kuula (CEO of Fortum) and Mr. Alexey Mordashov (CEO of Severstal). BDF welcomes strongly this new initiative. The two co-chairmen…

BaltMet Promo promotes the entire Baltic Sea Region in global markets

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For the first time the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) metropolises will join forces in promoting the entire region in global markets through three concrete pilots. The chosen fields for pilot cases are tourism, talent and direct foreign investments. The projects’ aim is to improve the international competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region and to strengthen the common identity of BSR…

COP 15 statement: neighbours and regions matter!

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7 December 2009 Hopefully the COP 15 Summit in Copenhagen will come very far in setting ambitious and binding targets on green house gas reductions that will have to be implemented by nations. The EU is very well prepared in turning the forthcoming targets into national implementation plans. One aspect needs, however, to be highlighted in this context: the role…

Pollution of the Baltic Sea – the Baltic Sea Action Summit to address the problem

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The Baltic Sea Action Summit to take place in Helsinki on 10 February 2010 invites Heads of Governments, private companies, business leaders and NGOs to contribute to the carrying out the actions needed to restore the status of the Baltic Sea. The Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and the NGO Baltic Sea Action Groups are behind this…

BDF Summit 2009 Evaluation

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The general feedback from the participants is very positive. According to a survey, an overwhelming majority of the participants found the Summit theme and the sessions “excellent” or “good” in terms of importance and relevance. The Warming up with State of the Region Report and the Opening session as well as the session on New Energy Scenarios for the Baltic…

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region adopted

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Congratulations on the adoption of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region! As foreseen, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was adopted at the European Council meeting in Brussels on 29-30 October.   The adoption of the Strategy is a landmark for regional cooperation and opens great opportunities for the future. However to become a success, the…

The BCCA Policy Forecast Report

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The Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association presented results of a survey of the participants of the Baltic Development Forum Summit 2009. According to the BCCA “Policy for Growth” report, policy forecast survey is an attempt to profit from the distributed expertise gathered among the participants at the BDF Summit 2009. The BCCA asked Summit participants to grade the importance…

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen’s speech at the BSSSC conference in Ringsted

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Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Chairman of the Baltic Development Forum, participated as key-note speaker in the BSSSC Conference 2009. The BSSSC Annual Conference 2009 under the title “Regions taking the Challenge – Between the EU Baltic Sea Strategy and the UN Climate Summit” was held on 13-15 October in Ringsted, Denmark. In his welcoming speech at the conference Uffe Ellemann-Jensen mentioned that…

Arminta Saladžienė receives the Swedbank Baltic Sea Award 2009

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Arminta Saladžienė receives the Swedbank Baltic Sea Award 2009 Arminta Saladžienė, Chairman of the Management Board of NASDAQ OMX, Lithuania, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the newly established Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance has been honoured with the Swedbank Baltic Sea Award 2009 for her work regarding good corporate governance in the Baltic States. The winner was announced…

The BDF Summit 2009 Opened

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Today the BDF Summit 2009 in Stockholm was declared open by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The Mayor of Stockholm Sten Nordin greeted the participants in the BDF Summit 2009 Welcome to his city, where after Dr. Christian Ketels warmed up the audience with presenting the 2009 edition of BDF’s State of the Region Report. Introductory speeches were held…