Baltic Sea Conferences

The 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Tallinn on 4 – 5 June 2018.

8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Berlin, Federal Foreign Office  – 13/14 June 2017

7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR “One Region, One Future – Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region”

Digital Agenda – New Chances and Challenges for the Regions of the Baltic Sea

The 23rd BSSSC Annual Conference “Digital Agenda – New Chances and Challenges for the Regions of the Baltic Sea” takes place at the Visby Strand Congress & Event Center, Visby, Sweden, from 23 – 25 September 2015.

The Annual Conference gathers around 150 participants from political and administrative levels (local, regional, national and EU levels) as well as representatives from academia, NGOs and the private sector from all eleven countries taking part in the Baltic Sea co-operation.

The conference will cover traditional BSSSC policy areas such as transport, culture and youth from innovative perspectives. Speakers include representatives of the Committee of the Regions, CBSS, CPMR, BDF and many more.

The session on “Interreg – turning ideas into projects” celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Interreg. The Central Baltic, South Baltic and Baltic Sea Region Interreg Programmes join forces in presenting and discussing new funding opportunities for territorial cooperation. The aim of the session is to build a dialogue between the participants and the programmes allowing for sharing, learning and encouraging the BSSSC regions to make more use of the Interreg opportunities. To this end, benefits and challenges of cooperation projects for regional authorities will be discussed and practical hints for project applications will be provided.

For more info, draft agenda and practical details please go to

Funding cooperation: Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference 2014

Date: 26-27 November 2014, Location: Warsaw, Poland

Cooperation for 2014-2020 is taking off. We’d like to look at the achievements and explore the future funding opportunities during the Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference on 26-27 November 2014 in Warsaw, Poland. On the first day we will look back at successful examples of cooperation and discuss expectations towards the future. We will have a quick look into the thematic fields and features of the new Programme. During the second day we will talk about the themes for cooperation in more detail and explain how and when to apply as well as where to get help. Conference participants will have opportunities and time to network and share their ideas. Find out more in the preliminary agenda.

The conference is organised by the Baltic Sea Region Programme in co-operation with the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. A detailed agenda, practical information and registration will be available in September.

The conference venue will be the Muranów Convention Centre located at the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

The “Baltic Sea Conference 2013 – Blue Growth, Sustainability and Water Industries”

The conference gathered 300 participants (coming from the private sector, the European Commission, NGOs, international financing institutions and government) in Copenhagen on 3 October, to engage how to create a Baltic Sea Region – sustainable and prosperous and puts the blue and green economies in focus.

Participants looked at opportunities to seize, such as blue biotechnology, ocean energy or maritime tourism and assure operational conditions for businesses, estimated that spatial planning alone could bring between 170 million to 1.3 billion euro by 2020 in cost savings in Europe, (not to mention the reduction of administrative burden). Marine knowledge should bring further benefits of 500 million euro a year, making sure that the new European funds support Blue Growth and sea-basin strategies.

European Commission worked on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – and have an agreement to change the way of fishing and stop the waste of unwanted catches. It is agreement about sustainability, which will increase profits (maximize the output  from fisheries). Offshore wind energy shows double-digit growth figures; the cruise sector is growing at almost 11%, and aquaculture at over 13%. It was also recalled about effort to reduce ship emissions.

During conference it was discussion about economic activities areas where the Baltic Sea is at the forefront of cooperation and development (f.e. innovation clusters).

The next Research programme – Horizon 2020 – includes a focus on Blue Growth (the first Blue Growth calls for projects under Horizon 2020 early next year). The issue of innovation and technological development will be a major theme for next year’s Maritime Day in Bremen.

Conference presentations are online and available here: