Programme

16th Baltic Development Forum Summit and 5th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR

GROWING TOGETHER – FOR A PROSPEROUS, INCLUSIVE AND CONNECTED BALTIC SEA REGION

Turku, 3-4 June. Venue: Logomo, Köydenpunojankatu 14

Programme last updated 30 May 2014.

Monday 2 June

16.00

Turku Sightseeing – two hour guided tour by bus

Leaving from Aurakatu 2, Turku. Registration needed

20:00

WELCOME TO TURKU!

Venue: Break Sokos Hotel Caribia, Kongressikuja 1, 20540 Turku

Tuesday 3 June

08:00

Registration opens

09:00

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESSES

Room: Logomo Hall 1

Aleksi Randell, Mayor of Turku and Chairman of the Centrum of Balticum Foundation
Jan Vapaavuori, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland
Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission
Lene Espersen, Chairman of Baltic Development Forum

10:00

OPENING PLENARY SESSION: GROWING TOGETHER – THROUGH STRONGER COMPETITIVENESS AND BUSINESS LINKS

Room: Logomo Hall 1

Where are we in terms of the current economic climate and the competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region; the regional cooperation; and next steps? We will hear experts from the academic world, banking, politics and the business sector provide their broader views on the challenges and opportunities in front of us in terms of stronger competitiveness, business links and public-private dialogue, providing inspiration to the rest of the conference. The session will present the State of the Region report: “The Top of Europe: Emerging from the Crisis and Adapting to the New Normal”.

Speakers:
Dr. Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School
Helge Pedersen, Chief Economist, Nordea

Comments and keynote addresses:
Petri Parvinen, Professor, Dept. of Marketing, Aalto Univ. School of Business
Anita Fürstenberg-Lucius, Director, European Investment Bank
Janne Öhman, CEO, Siemens Osakeyhtiö, Finland
Thomas Bustrup, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Danish Industry

Moderators:
Emily Wise, Public Policy Consultant
Pawel Swieboda, President DemosEuropa

11:15
11:45

PLENARY SESSION: GETTING INTO BUSINESS – INTRODUCING KEY AREAS OF BUSINESS COOPERATION

Room: Logomo Hall 1

Speakers:
Promoting investments in the BSR – special focus on regional growth initiatives
Alexander Stubb, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Finland

Next steps to Save our Sea
Andrzej Jagusiewicz, Chief Inspector of Environment Protection of Poland

Smart growth for smart cities
Milan Obradovic, Malmö City Council

Future perspectives for the European maritime industry and blue growth
Douwe Cunningham, Secretary General, SEAEurope asbl, Brussels

Life sciences – economy of health issues and potential for cooperation
Oliver Rittgen, CEO Bayer Nordic

Enhancing economic cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region
Maksim Meyksin, Chairman, Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovation, City Government of St. Petersburg

Green economy, environmental responsibility
Ville Niinistö, Minister of the Environment, Finland

Moderators:
Emily Wise, Public Policy Consultant
Pawel Swieboda, President DemosEuropa

13:00
14:00

PARALLEL WORK STREAMS

BLUE GROWTH 1: GREEN INNOVATION AND CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION FOR BLUE GROWTH IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION
Room: Logi 1 & Logi 2

There is a great growth potential in the blue economy in the Baltic Sea Region, but also environmental challenges that are rewriting the map on how we develop the maritime sectors. What are the green innovations that will bridge the gap, and how can actors across public and private sectors work together towards common goals? We will explore some of the current policies, platforms and tools, and look at how we chart the way forward for green technologies and clean shipping in the Baltic Sea Region.

Speakers:
Carla Montesi, Director, DG-Mare
Lolan Eriksson, Ministerial Counsellor, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland
Carl Carlsson, Head of Unit Environment & Sustainability, Swedish Shipowners Association
Nuritdin Inamov, Co-chair of the Saint Petersburg Initiative, Director, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Russian Federation
Prof. Bela H. Buck, Alfred Wegener Institute
Harro Pitkänen, Senior Director, Business Development and Control and Deputy Head of Lending, Nordic Investment Bank

Moderator:
Lovisa Selander, Head of Water and Environmental Affairs, Baltic Development Forum


SMART SOLUTIONS FOR SMART CITIES
Room: Logomo Hall 1

This session will look into how the existing Smart Cities concepts can be adapted to a Baltic Sea Region context. How can we move beyond “pockets of smartness” towards making the Baltic Sea Region a recognized global forerunner in smart urban solutions? We will try to identify the key success factors for smart cities and discuss how experience sharing and regional collaboration on smart urban solutions could be enhanced.

Speakers:
Prof. Rudolph Giffinger, Technical University of Vienna
Volker Hessel, Co-chair, WBCSD Urban Infrastructure Initiative
Hannes Astok, Director, Smart City Lab Tartu
Amalj Samerkhanova, Head of Unit for International Projects, Environmental Centre ECAT-Kaliningrad
Virpi Mikkonen, Manager for Smart Cities, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Krista Kampus, Head of Baltic 21 Unit, Council of Baltic Sea States Secretariat
Torben Aaberg, Head of Public Affairs, Baltic Development Forum
Inete Lelite, City of Riga (tbc)

Moderator:
Risto Veivo, Development Manager, City of Turku and Co-chair of UBC Commission on Environment


NEXT STEPS TO SAVE THE SEA
INCENTIVES AND DISINCENTIVES – MAKING INVESTMENTS & REORIENTATION OF PRACTICE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Room: Theatre Foyer

Joint protection of the marine environment of the Baltic Sea is a priority for all coastal states, since the signing of the Helsinki Convention forty years ago. The environmental cooperation under the EU Strategy can lead to even better results, for the benefit of all, if businesses are engaged to a greater extent and good conditions are created for green innovation and investments in the sectors with best potential for profitability. The session will look more closely into the work plans deriving from the 2013 HELCOM Ministerial Declaration, a package of extensive actions and measures for improving the status of the Baltic Sea, and how these could be coupled with responsible and sustainable profit-making.

Speakers:
Eeva-Liisa Poutanen, EU Marine Director in Finland, Ministry of the Environment
Heini Ahtiainen, Research Scientist, MTT Agrifood Research Finland
Maija Sirola, Communications Manager, BONUS, Finland
Hanna Paulomäki, Baltic Project Manager, Oceana
Juhan Sargava, WWF Baltic Farmer of the Year 2013, Estonia

Moderator:
Pauli Merriman, Director for WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme

ROLE OF CITIES AND REGIONS IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION COOPERATION
Room: Move 1

Cities and regions are key partners in the Baltic Sea cooperation and in implementing the EUSBSR. Their increased participation is also essential to achieve real multi-level governance of the Strategy – a key prerequisite for its success. The speakers of the Work Stream will present concrete examples about successful cooperation and partnership projects between regions, both nationally and in the wider Baltic Sea Region and discuss how to deepen this cooperation, seen as essential for the success of regions in a globalizing world.

Speakers:
Petteri Orpo, Chair of the Board, Southwest Finland; MP, Chairman of Parliamentary Group
Pekka Myllymäki, Chair, Regional Assembly, Southwest Finland
Ester Miiros, Nordic Archipelago Cooperation Secretariat, Åland Islands
Wolf Born, State Chancellery, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Jari Sainio, President of the Baltic Sea Commission, CPMR
Slava Khodko, Adviser of the Minister of Regional Development of Russian Federation


GROWTH ZONES AS BOOSTERS OF INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Room: Move 2

This session will look into the Development Zones’ huge future potential and their essential role for the competitiveness of the whole Baltic Sea region. Flexible and sustainable movement of goods, people, knowledge and other resources has to be secured and encouraged with joint long-term planning. We look into reasons why we build Europe TEN-T network. One example is the zone from Oslo, Norway to Stockholm, Sweden, through the Southern coastline of Finland to Saint Petersburg, Russia, which is not only a major logistic route but also the main concentration of population, business, labour force, education and research in the Northern Baltic Sea region.

Speakers:
Speakers:
Mika Rytkönen,Director, NOKIA HERE (tbc)
Jose Anselmo, DG Move Motorways of the Seas policy responsible
Jukka Viitanen, CEO, Hubconcepts
Milan Obradovic, Director, City of Malmö, 8 Million City
Maksim Meyksin, Chairman, Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovation, City Government of St. Petersburg
Jesper Ackinger, COO, Stockholm Business Region
Jarmo Eskelinen, CEO, Living lab Helsinki Forum Virium
Alexey Iakovlev, Head of Department of Foreign Trade Promotion and Public Relations Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovations, St. Petersburg

Moderator:
Niko Kyynäräinen, Business Development Director, Turku Region Development Centre

YOUNG INNOVATORS FOR BALTIC SEA REGION GROWTH, See Networking Village Programme


15:30
16:00

PLENARY SESSION: THE DIGITAL SECTOR AS KEY FOR A HIGH VALUE ECONOMY IN THE BSR

Room: Logomo Hall 1

As a driver for growth, jobs and competitiveness, the digital sector is key in the development of a high value economy. The Baltic Sea Region is still among the world’s leading digital hubs but we need to mobilise new cross-border and public-private initiatives to maintain and develop this position. The session will discuss joint actions that can release growth potentials and pursue a high value economy in the region. The aim is to go beyond the “usual” way of national thinking and discuss examples of what the regional actors can achieve together. A new Think Tank initiative, “Top of Digital Europe” will be launched at the session, together with a new report on growth barriers and opportunities for SME’s in the ICT sector.

Speakers:
Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland
Taavi Roivas, Prime Minister of Estonia
Magnus Kolsjö, Senior Manager, PwC Sweden
Craig Shank, VP & Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft International
Jørgen Bardenfleth, Chairman of Board, Symbion A/S, Denmark
Vinay Venkatraman, CEO & Founder, Leapcraft, Denmark
Lene Espersen, Chairman of Baltic Development Forum
Wolf-Dietrich Grussmann, Head of Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

Moderators:
Emily Wise, Public Policy Consultant
Pawel Swieboda, President DemosEuropa

17:15

PARALLEL WORK STREAMS

REDUCTION OF RISK AND IMPROVING DISASTER PREPAREDNESS – POSSIBILITIES FOR INVESTMENT
Room: Move 1

The costs of disasters are increasing since our societies are more complex with numerous interdependencies. Disaster management including risk reduction requires thoughtful and continual planning as well as cooperation with many stakeholders. Investing in prevention, risk reduction and preparedness is a cost effective means to keep societal functions running and assure safety and health for inhabitants. The purpose of the session is to provide information about an area where investments are needed in order to keep our societies safe from disasters. The session is intended to inspire future investments in this area and also cooperation between the public and private sector.

Speakers:
Janet Edwards, International Coordinator, Swedish National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, project leader of ClimUrban
Thomas Loster, Munich Re Foundation, Germany
Comments:
Egle Obcarskaite, PA Secure
Maxi Nachtigall, HA Sustainable Development and the Bioeconomy


INVOLVING NEW PARTNERS TO SAVE THE SEA – COOPERATION WITH BELARUS IN THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT SECTOR: THE INVOLVEMENT OF BELARUS IN PA NUTRI FLAGSHIP PROJECTS AND NEXT STEPS FOR FUTURE COOPERATION
Room: Logomo Hall 1

Assessment of regional nutrient pollution load and identification of priority projects to reduce nutrient inputs from Belarus to the Baltic Sea, Project PRESTO. Discussion on the added value of projects for EU-countries and Belarus, and next steps – have been any recommendations been taken to the policy level? What is still to be done – the current situation of Russian and Belarusian wastewater sector and future investments to meet HELCOM standards.

Speakers:
Vladimir Pavlovich, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Finland
Anja Nysten, Senior Adviser, Nordic Environment Finance Cooperation
Hannamaria Yliruusi, Project Manager, Union of the Baltic Cities Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat
Vladimir N. Anoufriev, Head of Department ”Water supply and sewerage” Belarussian National Technical University
Miina Mäki, Project Manager, John Nurminen Foundation
Leszek Drogosz, City of Warsaw
Emil Vahtera, City of Helsinki
Marjukka Porvari, John Nurminen Foundation

Moderator:
Anna Sosnowska, Chief Inspectorate on Environmental Protection, Poland

BLUE GROWTH 2: KEY DRIVERS TO ENSURE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN MARINE AND MARITIME INDUSTRY
Room: Theatre Foyer

The global structural change in terms of marine and maritime industry has pushed the companies to look further to new markets, businesses and networks, to develop and innovate in terms of clean technologies and solutions, services and competitiveness. This Work Stream continues the discussion from the Blue Growth I session by letting the industry to take the floor for the most novel innovations and market views and remarks of the present and future maritime business. How to ensure the future and what actions to be taken? What are the key drivers in terms of markets, technologies and competences?

Speakers:
Merja Salmi-Lindgren, Secretary General, Finnish Marine Industries
Mikko Niini, Senior Management Advisor at Aker Arctic Technology Inc
Tommy Mattila, Managing Director, Gasum LNG Ltd
Dr Fai Cheng, Head of Research and Technology, Lloyds Register
Johanna Boijer-Svahnström, Head of Communications Viking Line Abp
Janne Peltola, Senior Officer, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland

Moderator:
Mervi Pitkänen, Director, Machine Technology Center Turku Ltd


19:30

Networking Party

Venue: Forum Marinum Maritime Museum Centre, Linnankatu 72, 20100 Turku

Wednesday 4 June

08:00

Registration opens


09:00

PLENARY SESSION: OWNERSHIP, LEADERSHIP AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUSBSR – FROM COMMITMENT TO ACTION

Room: Logomo Hall 1

In this plenary session the Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn presents the Report on the governance of macro-regional strategies. The Report will provide concrete recommendations on how to improve the governance of the existing and upcoming strategies. The panelists are invited to reflect on the Report and from their perspective what is needed to ensure stronger political leadership and decision making in implementing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Speakers:
Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission
Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finnish Presidency of the CBSS
Pavel Telicka, European Coordinator for the North Sea, Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor
Ph.D. Aleksandra Zakrzewska Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland
Arvo Veskimets, Director General, Marine Environment Department, Ministry of Environment of Estonia

Moderators:
Emily Wise, Public Policy Consultant
Pawel Swieboda, President DemosEuropa

Moderator of panel debate:
Timo Rajakangas, Ambassador of Finland to Croatia and Macedonia

11:00
11:30

PARALLEL WORK STREAMS

ECONOMICALLY VIABLE WATER AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT – INCITEMENTS AND SOLUTIONS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Room: Move 2

Ensuring the ecological health of the Baltic Sea and the sustainability of the Baltic Sea Region requires holistic and proactive water and nutrient management from source to sea, as well as the active contribution of both private and public actors. In this session we will hear from some of the companies that have become front-runners in the region, in order to learn more about what solutions and strategies are already being implemented, as well as the motivations and drivers behind them. We will also launch a publication showcasing examples of water stewardship in the Baltic Sea Region.

Speakers:
Mira Povelainen, Director Research and Development, Raisioagro
Thea Natri, PAC Manager Nordics, Coca-Cola Finland Oy
Seija Vatka, Manager, Water, Environment & Responsibility, UPM
Jarle Eidar Hagen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication, Yara International
Markus Hellström, Managing Director, Fazer Bakeries, Finland
Jyrki Lepistö, Director, Hankkija Ltd
Teija Paavola, Dev. Manager, Biovakka Ltd
Marja-Liisa Weckström, Director Communications and Legal, Sinebrychoff Ltd

Moderators:
Lovisa Selander, Head of Water and Environmental Affairs, Baltic Development Forum
Mathias Bergman, Secretary General, Baltic Sea Action Group


INTERREG FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014 – 2020
Room: Logi 1 & Logi 2

The workshop will give orientation for potential project partners about funding available in the Baltic Sea Region in the near future. Successful cooperation needs time, funding and good examples. At the workshop you will learn about selected examples, as well as compare different funding sources. Workshop also highlights the importance of the projects in implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

Speakers:
Eeva Rantama, Project Team Leader, Baltic Sea Region Programme
Merike Niitepõld, Head of Managing Authority, Central Baltic Programme
Thorsten Kohlisch, Head of the Joint Technical Secretariat, South Baltic Programme

Moderator:
Susanne Scherrer, Director of the Managing Authority/ Joint Technical Secretariat, Baltic Sea Region Programme

EMBEDDING TEN-T CORE NETWORK CORRIDORS IN TRANSPORT POLICY FRAMEWORKS IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION
Room: Logomo Hall 1

Transport is a key issue for the macro-region of the Baltic Sea. Yet, coordination of transport policy between EU-wide, national and regional actions are insufficient. How to envision and ensure a harmonious transport planning process in the Region? What are the opportunities and limitations?

Speakers:
James Pond, European Commission DG MOVE, Chief Advisor for the North Sea, Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor
Oddgeir Danielsen, Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics
John Húlten, Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden
Malla Paajanen, Project Manager, Proximare, North Sea – Baltic Core Network Corridor
Mathias Roos, Strategist and Communications Manager, Region Blekinge, Sweden
Horst Sauer, Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
Radomir Matczak, Dept. of Regional and Spatial Development, Pomorskie Region, Poland

Moderator:
Wiktor Szydarowski, Project Manager, BSR TransGovernance


POLITICAL STATE OF THE REGION 2014: EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL TRENDS, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Room: Goto 33/34

Since 2011, the Political State of the Region Report has taken up some of the most important political issues that the Region has been faced with. This panel not only presents the key messages of the 2014 report “Baltic Sea Neighbourhoods – a Mega-Region in Progress”, but also allows leading experts and the audience to discuss current political developments in Europe, in particular Russia and Ukraine, and their possible impacts on the Baltic Sea Region.

Speakers:
Dr. Tobias Etzold, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany
Prof. Andrey Makarychev, Tartu University, Estonia
Prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Dr. Markku Jokisipilä, Academic Director, Baltic Sea Region studies, University of Turku, Finland
Hanna Hopka, Journalist, Civil Society leader, Ukraine
Prof. Henri Vogt, Political Science, University of Turku, Finland
René Nyberg, Ambassador, BDF Advisory Board Member

Moderators:
Dr. Kimmo Elo, University of Turku
Flemming Stender, Deputy Director, Baltic Development Forum


PROMOTING GROWTH IN HEALTH ECONOMY
Room: Theatre Foyer

The demand for efficiency is bigger than ever before in the health industry. Medical products have to be more effective and cheaper than earlier ones, and the competitiveness of a product is based not only on the technological excellence but also on how it takes into account the needs of both the society and the individual. We have a better understanding of human physiology and diseases, and the concept of personalized medicine is producing more effective and more economic treatment. Furthermore, individuals are expected to participate in the promotion of their own health. How does this guide and redirect the products and services and what can be done in cooperation to respond to these challenges? The discussions of the Work Stream will continue at the Baltic Sea Health Summit on 4.-5.6.2014.

Speakers:
Sigfried Bialojan, Executive Director, Head Life Science Center, EY
Zakhar Golant, Head of the Board, XXI Century and Medical Project, St. Petersburg
Stephan Thorgrimsen, CEO, Immunitrack Ltd Denmark
Risto Lammintausta, CEO, Forendo Oy
Minna Hendolin, Executive Director, Tekes, Finland

Moderator:
Rikumatti Levomäki, CEO, Turku Science Park

Moderator for the panel discussion:
Prof. Kalervo Väänänen, Rector, University of Turku


COOPERATING WITH AND LEARNING OF OTHER EUROPEAN MACRO-REGIONS
Room: Move 1

The theme of the parallel work stream is how to strengthen cooperation between macro-regional strategies: how to facilitate knowledge exchange between experts to improve capacity building and contribute to improving policy gaps. The work stream follows from the debate and discussion of the morning plenary titled “Ownership, Leadership and Implementation of the EUSBSR – from Commitment to Action” in which the Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will present the Commission Report on the governance of macro-regional strategies.

Speakers:
Bjarke Wiehe Bøtcher, EUSBSR PAC Safe/Ship, Denmark
István Joó, EUSDR, Chief Advisor to PAC Sustainable Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary
Michael Smyth, European Economic and Social Committee, Belgium
Miklos Barabas, Europe House, Hungary
Gregor Krajc, Office of the State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office, Republic of Slovenia

Moderator:
Timo Rajakangas, Ambassador of Finland to Croatia and Macedonia


BALTIC IS THE NEW BLACK, See Networking Village Programme


13:00
14:00

PLENARY SESSION: THE SOFT POWER OF THE BALTIC SEA REGION – FOUNDATION FOR SMART GROWTH

Room: Logomo Hall 1

In this plenary session cooperating to strengthen the soft power of the Baltic Sea Region as a precondition to achieve sustainable economic growth is discussed. The focus is on research and development, gender equality and strengthening the cultural dialogue in the Region.

Speakers:
Danuta Huebner, Chair of Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament (Video Message)
Monika Smoleń-Bromska, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland
Anke Spoorendoonk, Minister of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs of Land Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Karin Nygård-Skalman, Programme Manager, VINNOVA
Mikael Höysti, Head of Department, Nordic Council of Ministers
Marek Szponk, Baltic University Programme

Moderators:
Emily Wise, Public Policy Consultant
Pawel Swieboda, President DemosEuropa

15:30

PARALLEL WORK STREAMS

SUCCESSFUL COOPERATION: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
Room: Logomo Hall 1

Demonstrating successful cooperation using as a case the undercurrent and necessity of the sustainable development. There needs to be a sound and strong research and innovation funding, governance structure and well established science-policy dialogue frameworks for creating the scientific and technological basis for the development of sustainable solutions in support of Blue and Green Growth. The session outlines the necessity of true collaboration between academia, industry and policy and showcases good practices how this kind of collaboration is fostered, encouraged and enhanced.

Panelists:
Jacob Carstensen, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
Anna Sosnowska, Specialist, Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection, Poland
Grit Martinez, Senior Fellow & Adjunct Associate Professor Duke University, Berlin, Germany
Marja-Liisa Tapio-Biström, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Finland
Heléne Ejhed, Assistant Director, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Jenny Hedman, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Åsa Stenmarck, Head, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Karin Nygård Skalman, Director, BSR Stars, VINNOVA, Sweden

Comments:
Professor Erik Bonsdorff, Åbo Akademi, Finland
Professional Secretary Mikhail Durkin, HELCOM Secretariat
Allan Gromov, Councellor of International Cooperation, Estonian Ministry of the Environment

Moderators:
Andris Andrusaitis, Programme Manager, BONUS
Maxi Nachtigall, Adviser, Council of the Baltic Sea States


CULTURAL DIALOGUE IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION – LET’S DO IT FASTER, STRONGER, BETTER!
Room: Logi 1 & Logi 2

The idea of the panel is to bring together representatives of local, regional, national and BSR level in order to start a dialogue on cultural cooperation, aiming at identifying topics of common interest and challenges that we face on the way to achieve it. The discussion will be focused on exploring the potential of activities on the macro-regional level, as well as on joint cooperation of stakeholders from different levels of governance. The panelists will discuss a better promotion and visualization of culture, creative industries and the cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea Region in order to strengthen these areas sustainably. Jointly raising the profile, i.e. joint marketing of cultural highlights and exciting events in the creative industries can help to exceed the attention threshold required when competing in the international arena. Culture and creative industries, tourism and regional marketing all benefit from this.

Speakers:
Stefan Musiolik, EUSBSR PA Culture and Ministry of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs Schleswig-Holstein
Jaana Simula, Director of Cultural Affairs City of Pori and Vice Chair, Union of Baltic Cities Committee on Culture
Jan Widberg, Secretary General of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference
Mikael Hoysti, Head of Department for Culture, Nordic Council of Ministers
Marcus Hagemann, Head of ARS BALTICA Secretariat
Ilze Gailite Holmberg, Senior Adviser Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture
Anna Ceynowa, EUSBSR PA Culture, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Kurt Bratteby, Director of Department Global Programmes, Swedish Institute/BalticLab
Maija Lummepuro, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, CBSS Senior Officials Group on Culture


GENDER, INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION
Room: Theatre Foyer

Gender equality is one of key components of sustainable development. This is, however, a new area for all actors involved: policy makers, researchers, civil society and private sector. The Round Table will discuss how to make a link between gender equality, innovation and sustainable growth in terms of a conceptual framework, policy oriented research and existing good practices. During the workshop the proposal for a flagship project under the EUSBSR, namely the BSR Partnership Platform for Gender Equality, in Innovation and Sustainable Growth and Development based on a Quadruple Helix concept will be also presented. The discussion will include pre- conditions for mobilizing women’s economic and innovative potential such as equal wage for equal work for women and men as well as effective measures to reconcile work and family life for employees as well as entrepreneurs.

Speakers:
Prof. Danuta Hübner, Chair of Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament (video message)
Prof. Marija Ausrine Pavilioniene, MP of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania
Ewa Debska, Deputy Director, European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
Erik Kiesow, Senior Adviser, EU Coordination Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Sweden
Maria Grönroos, Nordic Information on Gender, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Colin Wolfe, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, Competence Centre Macro-regions and European Territorial Cooperation
Inger Danilda, Chairwomen Quadruple Learning, Innovation & Gender Expert, Portugal
Britt-Marie Söderberg Torstensson, President, Winnet Sweden, Europe

Moderator:
Dr. Ewa Ruminska- Zimny, International Women’s Forum, at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland


17:00

CLOSING PLENARY SESSION: “From Turku onwards”

Room: Logomo Hall 1

The closing plenary will bring up the main topics and conclusions of the event with reflections on the future of cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.

Speakers:
Erja Tikka, Ambassador for Baltic Sea Issues, EUSBSR Rotating NCP Chair, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Dr. Ilze Rūse, Director of the European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia: “Welcome to the 6th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Latvia”
Hans Brask, Director, Baltic Development Forum

Moderators::
Emily Wise, Public Policy Consultant
Pawel Swieboda, President DemosEuropa