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Top of Digital Europe Hosted Round Tables in Finland and Estonia

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BDF and “Top of Digital Europe” was the co-organiser of an ICT Business Round Table in Helsinki on 12 Jan 2016, organized and hosted by Microsoft Finland. Participants were specially invited Finnish parliamentarians, policy makers and ICT industry. The topic for discussion was the potential for a digital single market of the Baltic Sea region: Could this region develop a…

Pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea Environment – a Project Development Workshop

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Pharmaceutical residues in the Baltic Sea are causing concern, as the full effect on the marine environment is still unknown. Human and livestock excretion of drugs and metabolites following consumption, as well as disposal of unused pharmaceuticals, are pathways to the environment. Many pharmaceutical substances cannot be effectively removed by conventional waste water treatment. The topic of hazardous substances is…

BDF Enters Several New Projects in 2016

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The start of 2016 will mark the beginning of several new projects recently approved by the Interreg BSR Programme. Baltic Development Forum will be a partner to two of them, and an associated partner to another two. BSR Stars S3: Innovation flagship for the Baltic Sea Region BDF is partner in the project BSR Stars S3: “Stimulating smart specialization ecosystem…

Round Table on Water Stewardship

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On 1 December Baltic Development Forum together with SIWI Swedish Water House and Race for the Baltic organized a round table with the title “Identifying the wins, addressing the barriers, and navigating the concept jungle – The why and how of corporate water stewardship”. Participating were representatives of a number of organisations providing tools and certifications for water stewardship. CEO…

BDF Summit 2015: Exploring the State of the Region

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The 17th Baltic Development Forum Summit was held in Copenhagen on 23rd November under the heading “Europe-wide challenges, regional solutions”. The Summit gathered decision makers from business, government and academia across the Baltic Sea region for a one-day compact Summit with a focus on competitiveness and business and investment opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region. In her opening speech Lene…

BDF Summit 2015: Two New Reports from Top of Digital Europe

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Two new studies of the digital economy in the Baltic Sea Region were published under the wings of the regional ICT Think Tank “Top of Digital Europe” established by BDF and Microsoft: The first edition of the “State of the Digital Region” report, an annual updated overview of the region´s achievements and position as a global ICT hub. The second…

BDF Summit 2015: What is on the Horizon for Business and Investment in the Baltic Sea Region?

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The session “Business as usual or need for a new thinking” explored the business attraction and business-making models in the Baltic Sea Region. Four messages were stressed by the panelists: Firstly, we need to consider new thinking and more focused approach. Our focus should be on entrepreneurship and start-ups. There is a need for robust start-ups systems and more long-standing…

BDF Summit 2015: Challenges and Game Changers – Tuning in on the Current Political Dialogue in the Baltic Sea Region

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The discussions in the session “The Baltic Sea Region: Challenges and Game Changers” was based around a paper by Tobias Etzold and Christian Opitz, Stiftung Wissenshaft und Politik. The paper suggests that a meaningful cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region involving Russia is still possible and recommends a step-by-step approach as a possible way forward. This approach would entail stabilizing…

Welcome to the 17th Baltic Development Forum Summit 23 November

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Join us in Copenhagen on 23 November for a full day of inspiring presentations and discussion at the 17th Baltic Development Forum Summit. The 2015 edition of the State of the Region Report will provide a comprehensive review of the latest economic trends and developments. We will also discuss how the Juncker Plan might boost investment in the Baltic Sea…

BDF in round table on digitisation with Estonia’s President Ilves

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President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, was guest of honor at the Confederation of Danish Industry on 6 November. The Confederation had invited selected partners, including BDF, to an exclusive business round table to discuss digitization and the Digital Single Market with the President. Estonia is well known as a digital frontrunner and President Ilves is personally warmly engaged in…