BDF Summit 2011 will be held in the heart of the old city of Gdansk.
The Summit will take place in Gdansk 24-26 October 2011. It will be organised in association with the Polish Presidency of the EU, Pomoskie region and the city of Gdansk. The 13th Baltic Development Forum (BDF) Summit will be held together with the European Commission’s 2nd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The 13th BDF Summit will be setting new standards for regional cooperation in Europe by bringing all relevant stakeholders together in connection with the 2nd Annual Forum for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Development Forum will work closely together with the Polish Government’s EU-presidency in the second half of 2011 and the European Commission, DG Regio.
The agenda of the Baltic Sea Macro-region in 2011 will be to:
- Bridge European and Regional integration;
- Develop regional partnerships between the EU and Russia and Eastern Partners;
- Bring public and private interests together;
- Assess and update a common strategy for the future.
The 2011 event will be a demonstration of how to combine top-down political guidance with bottom-up enthusiasm and entrepreneurship.
The Baltic Sea Region will be setting new standards for regional cooperation in Europe and beyond.
Midterm Review of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
Coinciding with the BDF Summit 2011, the European Commission and BDF will organise the second Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. It will be an important rendezvous during the Polish EU Presidency, since the midterm review of the Strategy will be made. Has the right formula for the macro-regional strategy in the Baltic Sea Region been found and can it serve as a wider European model? Before the final evaluation report is presented to EU-ministers, the Annual Forum will give all regional stakeholders a chance to give inputs and assess the many projects aiming at sustainable development, prosperity, better accessibility and increased competitiveness in the Baltic Sea Region. The Forum will include discussions and presentations of the Strategy as well as updates of the various Priority Areas. All stakeholders are invited to join this open exchange of views on the status and future of the Strategy.