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Baltic Sea Region is ready to promote cooperation and lead the way

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Heinrich Böll Foundation organised a Dinner Debate in Copenhagen in parallel with the COP 15: Baltic Development Forum was invited as speaker to present regional energy study.   13 December 2009, Baltic Development Forum’s Director Hans Brask was invited by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (the Green Political Foundation) as speaker to a High-Level Dinner Debate on Regional Approaches to reduce…

BDF makes a commitment before the Baltic Sea Action Summit

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Time is for action! And action should be the code word among all countries, governments, littoral regions, cities, municipalities, business communities and NGOs around the Baltic Sea. After a long period of time of identifying the problems, the root causes and the needed strategies time is now for implementing recommendations and policy actions for saving the Baltic Sea – one…

Baltic Development Forum wishes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Baltic Development Forum wishes all our members, partners and friends of our network a wonderful Christmas season and a prosperous 2010. 2009 has been a difficult year for the Baltic Sea Region in terms of economic growth but politically there are many new hopes for creating a more integrated, prosperous and modern region. The 2009 Baltic Development Forum Summit in…

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…