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Debate: Political State of the Region 2017 at Vilnius University, Lithuania

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The Political State of Region Report was the focus of debate at Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Public Science on Thursday 16th November. Amongst participants were 25 students, teachers and diplomats to whom the 2017 Political State of the Region: External Earthquakes, Internal Adaptation? Brexit, Trump and the Baltic Sea Report was presented by co-author Agnieszka Lada of Warsaw University….

How can cities work with digital start-ups and digitalization?

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On 25 October BDF organized a workshop together with Union of Baltic Cities (UBC) at the UBC Annual Conference in Växjö, Sweden. The aim was to inspire cities in their work with start-up communities and digitalisation and to inspire new city-to-city collaborations across borders. The State of the Digital Region 2016 report from Top of Digital Europe set the stage with…

Inspiring Sustainable Development at the All Russia Forum, St Petersburg

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Baltic Development Forum took part in the XVI All-Russia Forum “Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia” in St. Petersburg 23-24 October. This annual event gathered more than one thousand stakeholders from federal, ministerial, regional and local authorities, municipal organisations, international institutions, academia and business. The main objective was to discuss and raise awareness on the ongoing strategic…

Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

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How to stay resilient and mitigate vulnerability of our urban areas to the changing climate? How can we be better prepared to meet the challenges with adequate tools and skills to handle different emergency situations? What is direct and indirect impact of climate change on the urban areas? What are the possibilities and constraints to the adaptation? Baltic Development Forum,…

The Baltic Sea Region as a global digital test hub?

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New discussion paper on sharing test beds across borders   Test and demonstration facilities, often named Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) play a pivotal role for successful commercialization of new digital products and services, especially for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). There seems to be a strong correlation between competitiveness of technology-based SMEs and their access to test beds. However,…

Baltic Cleantech Testbeds kick off

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Baltic Development Forum together with Lappeentanta University of Technology, Riga Energy Agency and Tartu Regional Energy Agency kicked off discussions within the initiative Baltic Cleantech Testbeds, co-financed by the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. Inspired by the Finnish partners, the project aims at developing a regional proposal based on three main objectives: Better incorporation of new digital solutions into…

Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Outcome

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Welcomed by Baltic Development Forum in collaboration with the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, over 70 participants gathered to discuss the Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency in Riga this month. The seminar’s objective was clear – to provide a platform for cross border dialogue between business representatives, local…

Speed up a Baltic Sea Region digital single market!

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DIGINNO: New project on transnational learning of digitalisation   21 ministries, ICT business associations and knowledge institutions from 9 BSR countries are gathered in a partnership to explore how to enable faster and more efficient uptake of digital solutions both in the public and private sectors. The project will explore how to tackle joint challenges through benchmarking, information sharing, exchange of…

BDF at The Riga Conference 2017

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From 29-30 September Baltic Development Forum participated in the annual Riga-Conference – a leading international conference on foreign and security issues. BDF’s Honorary Chairman Uffe Ellemann-Jensen featured in a session on Nordic-Baltic cooperation with Speaker of Swedish Parliament Urban Ahlin amongst others. The discussion looked back to the enthusiasm of the early days in the Nordic-Baltic cooperation, reflecting on positive results…