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Baltic Development Forum (BDF) is the leading think-tank and network for high level decision-makers from business, politics, academia and media in the Baltic Sea Region. BDF provides platforms that bring together actors from diverse sectors and from across the Baltic Sea Region, ensuring better cooperation, coordination and coherence. BDF influences regional policy and facilitates collaboration across regions, sectors and levels of decision making. BDF connects expertise and researchers on current global and strategic affairs by identifying and engaging key stakeholders, publishing the latest thinking, and facilitating region wide knowledge dissemination.
The Baltic Sea House is a unique knowledge cluster established by the City of Turku. It brings together five organisations with expertise on Baltic Sea regional challenges. These include for instance water protection, climate change, sustainable development, economics, institutional cooperation, urban Development, and energy and health issues.
The Baltic Sea NGO Network is a cooperative body of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Baltic Sea Region. The network is open to all organisations with an interest in Baltic Sea Cooperation. The purpose of the network is to support and strengthen civil society in the Baltic Sea Region. Today some 500 NGOs are organised in 11 national platforms, covering all members of the CBSS, hence Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
The objective of the network is to:
* bring together NGOs from different areas of interest to share experiences, exchange information and improve their knowledge,
* create partnerships and supporting trans-national as well as inter-sectoral networks between NGOs,
* make NGOs more visible and influencing the democratic decision-making process on the national, regional and EU levels,
* support development of international understanding and inter-cultural activities,
* raise public awareness and understanding for the work of NGOs, citizens’ activities and initiatives, and
* encourage people to get involved and take an interest in their own affairs.
Baltic Sea Region Programme – we support transnational cooperation in the region
Many issues affect more than one region or country. We have common problems and together we can look for more efficient solutions, tackle these problems faster and save valuable resources. Transnational projects funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme involve partners from all countries around the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea Region Programme supports 50 flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region with 120 million EUR. The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 will continue to support the Strategy, for example by providing seed money funding to potential flagship projects. It will also continue to support transnational cooperation.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture, and high-tech polymer materials. As an innovation company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time we want to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.
BONUS is the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals, and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda. In 2014, 20 new research and innovation projects commence their work, and two calls, one on research and another on research and innovation themes will open. Join us at the parallel work stream Successful cooperation: research, development and innovation at 15:30 on the second day of the conference and visit the BONUS exhibition to learn more!
PAC INNO, BSR Stars
The Priority Area Innovation invites to visit its different initiatives and flagship projects. While Submariner and Science Link invite to their own stands, the ScanBalt and BSR Stars welcome you to stand 49. The flagship project ScanBalt Health Region focuses on the BSR as hub for Health and Life Sciences, while the BSR Stars programme catalyses international-collaborative innovation. Through its 1st step stone, the StarDust project, a challenge-driven, macro-regional smart specialisation approach was tested – delivering on ambitious targeted results and proving essential lessons learned on how to spread innovation effectively in the BSR. Now, BSR Stars serve as a bridge-builder for new initiatives and projects by providing first-hand collaboration tools and guidance, such as the transnational calls BSR Innovation Express and BONUS Innovation.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) is a forum for regional inter-governmental cooperation. The Members of the Council are the 11 states (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden) of the Baltic Sea region as well as the European Union. CBSS aims to facilitate and enhance cooperation in the Baltic Sea region through network and project based activities, and provides a platform for governments, organisations, communities and people to strengthen partnerships and seek out new ones.
The new Central Baltic and South Baltic Interreg programmes are getting ready for the new funding period 2014-2020! Both programmes provide funding for cooperation projects designed to jointly tackle challenges and seize opportunities across borders. Altogether ca. 194 million EUR are made available. Get inspired with our joint achievements over the last six years. Shape your vision for a prosperous cross-border region. Secure funding for the wellbeing of your fellow community members. We cordially invite you to our joint stand.
As a city of expertise and culture, the City of Turku stand exhibits the know-how of the whole region, specifically University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku Science Park, Turku Region Development Centre, Port of Turku and Meridiem Maritime Innovation Hub. Main themes featured at the stand are Northern Growth Zone, Blue Growth and Bio & Health. While learning of Turku Region´s expertise, you can enjoy refreshments and the relaxing maritime atmosphere.
The mission of the European Commission‘s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) is to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion by reducing disparities between the levels of development of regions and countries of the EU. In this way the policy contributes positively to the overall economic performance of the EU. Developing cooperation is a main issue: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is the first EU strategy to target a macro-region. DG REGIO coordinates the efforts of the EUSBSR. At our stand, you will find our latest information tools including the new video on the Strategy. Come meet us in Stand Number 32.
The company offers cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling solutions for real estates. The solutions are based on the company’s unique heat exchanger technology in collectors, with which heat and cold can be regained from water and liquids in industrial processes, lakes and oceans.
Producing heating and cooling using Evertech’s EverBoost collectors provide savings over traditional sea, geothermal and soil heat by more than 20% and at the same time using a surface that is less than 3% of the traditional methods and with 2,5% of the liquid volumes; Advantages that lowers operating costs and provides significant environmental benefits, either when establishing of the collecting systems or if a leakage in the system would occur.
Granula strives for high customer satisfaction through providing innovative, patented, high quality, expert products and proactive services globally in the fields of heat transfer, wood protection, de-icing and cosmetics. Granula, together with its partners, has served customers since 1997.
Green Seminars offers a proven learning process to decision-makers and civil servants in cities, municipalities and regions worldwide with a focus on reducing carbon emissions and creation of green growth. We offer both tailor-made seminars for a specific city/region and open theme seminars. Our model, The Green Learning Curve, ensures that all participants receive the best inspiration and knowledge from the Danish model, and thereby transfer it to their own context. Participants return home with a concrete action plan, to be used as a useful tool to quickly obtain substantial progress. The seminars take place in Danish cities. Denmark is a significant pioneer in the field of energy, because of 40 years of focused energy policy. Additionally, Denmark is an example of how sustainable development can go hand in hand with increasing consumption and economic growth.
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The Horizontal Action Involve (HA Involve) of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) aims to create a more territorially integrated impact in our member states through innovative multi-level governance methodologies: delivering efficiency, accountability and transparency to the BSR. HA Involve, together with its BSR partners, is trying to address this challenge by building knowledge and dialogue, and support partnerships that will make the difference. Since no one alone can make the difference, we work for delivering a centre of excellence, supporting you in your attempts to save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity in the BSR.
The main purpose of Horizontal Action (HA) Neighbours is to bring stakeholders in the EU member states and neighbouring countries together in a constructive, mutually advantageous manner. Close cooperation at a national, regional and local level is vital to tackle many of the challenges in the Baltic Sea region and to fully utilize the development potential of the region. HA Neighbours helps interested stakeholders and project partners find each other across the borders. It facilitates discussion and exchanges of experience, as well as concrete projects in the Baltic Sea region.
EUSBSR Horizontal Action Sustainable Development is led by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and its Unit Baltic 21. The activities in the horizontal action are based on the overarching theme of sustainable development, focusing on Climate Change and Green Economy. The action aims at supporting the transition of the Baltic Sea region into a green region that results in ‘improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities’. Flagship projects focused on the development of a climate change adaptation strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, promotion of Green Public Procurement, energy and resource efficiency as well as sustainable rural development and increased urban-rural interaction. The horizontal action takes a transnational, integrated and cross-sectoral approach to the global challenge of sustainable development by linking existing transnational public, sectorial and NGO-based cooperation, regional development and research projects and other activities within the EUSBSR as well as defining and filling potential gaps and developing new potentials.
Planning is the art of thinking ahead – how can we do this for an entire sea area? This year it is 40 years exactly since the historical signing of the Helsinki Convention, crafted by all the coastal states to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea Area. HELCOM has governed the legal treaty through the decades and adapted to the many changes – a few being positive. For several years HELCOM has been in the forefront of maritime spatial planning and is the co-leader of EU SBSR Horizontal Action Spatial Planning, together with Visions and Strategies for the Baltic Sea (VASAB). In the Networking Village HELCOM will showcase recent related maps and data.
Iceclean Technologies offers the most effective, risk-free and energy effective decontamination methods to remove environmentally pollutants in contaminated land, in lakes and oceans. With the method, based on the freezing of hazardous materials, these can be effectively frozen, dissevered and then recycled or deposited at a lower costs.
All comparisons with traditional technology shows that Iceclean can freeze ice more than 50% faster using 75% less energy consumption and reaching lower temperatures, below -35 degrees compared with today’s about-15 degrees. This means that freezing can be done in less than half the time at overall costs of less than 30%.
INTERACT will showcase how KEEP can be used by EUSBSR players. KEEP is an online database and search engine of territorial cooperation projects and beneficiaries, with comprehensive information both on the overall context and on relevant details. Come and learn how you can benefit from KEEP. INTERACT staff will help you explore its possibilities.
The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) is an international organization for the formal cooperation between the governments of the five Nordic countries. The priorities of the NCM align close with the priorities of the EUSBSR with NCM leading and participating in a number of flagship projects in the EUSBSR Action Plan. NCM has a unique network in the Baltic Sea Region and facilitates and develops cooperation, including with partners in Northwest Russia.
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) finances projects that improve competitiveness and the environment of the Nordic and Baltic countries. NIB offers long-term loans to complement commercial lending in order to help ensure its vision of a prosperous and sustainable Nordic–Baltic region. Loans are extended on market terms and according to sound banking principles. NIB analyses all potential projects for their impact on competitiveness and the environment. A loan from NIB may therefore be regarded as a stamp of quality. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/Aaa, with the leading rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.
NIB is an international financial institution owned by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. NIB is located in Helsinki, Finland, and employed 183 people on average during 2013.
ONE BSR Project is as an umbrella project for branding the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). It aims to produce elements for the Baltic Sea Region image and identity which could be used to increase the region’s competitiveness, by branding it as one. In practice, the project has developed and tested joint marketing and promotional tool and concepts in the fields of investment, tourism, and talent retention, as well as boosted the dialogue of the region’s image and identity in the media. The work has been built on the triple-helix cooperation of cities, universities, and private sector.
Education is one out of 17 priority areas (PA) within the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). It covers three policy areas; education, youth and labour mobility. One out of the three objectives with the EUSBSR is in increased prosperity which presupposes access to good education and training for all, an effective and inclusive welfare system and a well-functioning labour market supporting geographical, professional and socio-economic mobility. PA Education contributes to a social dimension within the EUSBSR, in line with Europe 2020. At the networking village we will present our four flagships; Baltic University Programme, QuickIGA, South Baltic Training Programme and the Baltic Sea Labour Forum. Furthermore three emerging flagships will be presented; Baltic Sea Youth Forum, School to Work and Dual Education. PA Education is coordinated by the Land of Hamburg together with the Norden Association in Sweden.
PA Secure addresses protection from emergencies and accidents on land and is coordinated by Sweden (MSB) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat. We aim to develop effective cross-border cooperation mechanisms for addressing both natural and man-made disasters such as communicable diseases, nuclear hazards, environmental accidents, pollution, and extreme weather. Our projects address a wide range of risks, from every day accidents through the BaltPrevResilience project to the Baltic Leadership Programme in civil protection –all for a safe and secure Baltic Sea region.
The maritime economy is one of the fastest growing sectors throughout Europe, resulting in increasing demands for maritime space coupled with the need to ensure a viable marine environment. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is the main tool for coordinating spatial use of the sea, balancing the interests of competing sectors so that the marine space and resources are used efficiently and sustainably. As a EUSBSR flagship project under HA Spatial Planning, PartiSEApate stimulates the dialogue among stakeholders from different sectors and countries. It explores suitable modes of cross-border consultations in three MSP pilot cases. Ultimately, the PartiSEApate project will present recommendations for the future MSP Governance Framework within the Baltic Sea Region.
The Union of the Baltic Cities is as a voluntary network of active cities from all countries around the Baltic Sea. UBC Commission on Environment (UBC EnvCom) is one of the 13 thematic Commissions of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC). The UBC Commission on Environment and its secretariat are responsible for the Union´s work on environmental and urban sustainability issues, coordinating the Union’s entire UBC Sustainability Action Programme and managing numerous international projects. Policy areas of focus: Integrated Urban Water Management, Maritime activities, Climate change, Sustainable Urban Mobility, and Integrated Management Cooperation with Russia and Belarus.
The Pan-European Institute (PEI) observes the economic development in the Baltic Sea region, in the Arctic region and in the EU’s neighboring countries, particularly in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The PEI conducts research that constitutes the basis of the courses provided at Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku. The main interest groups for the Institute are international institutions, Finnish gov-ernmental organisations and the Academy of Finland, as well as large corporations.
The Regional Council of Southwest Finland represents the 28 municipalities in the most beautiful part of Finland; the Southwest Finland. The Council is the responsible authority for regional development, land use planning and promoting regional interests. We are developing maritime Southwest Finland to be a successful region, where the quality of life is the best in Finland. The Regional Council of Southwest Finland is strongly engaged in the Turku Baltic Sea Days, and will be present in the Networking Village in Logomo during 3-4 June presenting our region as a whole, from the archipelago to top technology and from green growth to silent hiking trails. Come and visit us and let us know your visions for fruitful companionships.
Siemens is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. For over 165 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies. Siemens has worldwide revenue of €75.9 billion and employs 362,000 people. The company’s environmental portfolio generated €32.3 billion and cut the customers’ CO2 emissions by 377 million metric tons in 2013. Siemens has a presence in 190 countries.
South Baltic Training Programme is a training Programme launched in May 2012, supports internationali-sation of vocational education and training (VET) as well as cross-border entrepreneurship. The area of operations is Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark and Sweden. SBTP is a testing model where students at VET and their co-operation project ideas are matched with host companies in another country. The project team will organise stakeholder seminars for target groups such as providers of VET, companies, politicians and civil servants involved in VET. The project is financed by the South Baltic Programme 2007-2013.
The SUBMARINER Network promotes sustainable and innovative uses of marine resources. It offers a cooperation platform to related actors and initiatives in the Baltic Sea Region. Using the sea consciously is a way to maintain and improve the region’s natural capital, provide marine-based feedstock and energy solutions and improve human well-being. We aim to turn the Baltic Sea Region into a model region for sustainable blue biobased innovations and smart combinations. The SUBMARINER Network is a flagship project under the priority area “Innovation” of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency dating back to 1945. In the early 1990s SI turned its focus eastwards and created the Visby Programme for knowledge exchange with the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). In 2012 the Baltic Sea arm of aid agency Sida was incorporated, adding a significant element of seed funding to the portfolio. The centralisation of national funding lines targeting the wider BSR – including Russia and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – resulted in one government agency with the dual mandate to support the implementation of the EUSBSR and the EaP. The SI Baltic Sea Unit offers a broad range of opportunities for actors in the region in the form of financial project support, leadership programmes, advice, information and networks. The activities are an integral and important part of the overarching ambitions of SI to contribute to international co-operation and development through strategic communication and the creation of lasting and active relations with individuals, organisations and businesses in other countries.
UMBRELLA project (Underwater Munitions Baltic REmediation cLuster LeAgue)
UMBRELLA is a cluster project created to minimize redundancy between initiatives/projects on dumped chemical munitions issue, promote interdisciplinary approach and disseminate knowledge, and to improve capacity for research and response in the Baltic Sea region. The following initiatives/projects focused under UMBRELLA will be promoted at the stand: CHEMSEA project, MODUM project, IDUM, HELCOM MUNI report.