The Baltic Sea Region Programme conference “The power of the Baltic Sea macro-region” in Jyväskylä will be opened by the President of Finland
The Baltic Sea Region Programme conference "The power of the Baltic Sea macro-region" in Jyväskylä, Finland on 30 Nov-1 Dec 2010 will gather policy makers and representatives of national, regional and local authorities from all those countries bordering the Baltic Sea and beyond. We are also expecting participants from Non-Governmental Organisations, researchers and academics, project partners and interested project promoters - and all those dedicated to further developing the Baltic Sea region towards a model region in Europe.
The President of Finland Ms Tarja Halonen will provide the key note opening speech at the conference. From Mr Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs, we will get the Finnish viewpoints for the European Union's cohesion policy beyond 2013. Mr John Bachtler, Director of the European Policies Research Centre (Glasgow), and Mr Ole Damsgaard, Director of Nordregio, will provide the academic grounds for an informed exchange of views among conference participants about the much debated concept of macro-regional strategies in the European Union. We also expect prominent speakers from the European Commission and the Danube region to reflect on similarities and differences of building up a macro-regional development strategy. The transnational cooperation projects funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme will demonstrate their achievements and contributions to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region. We also intend to open the final call for project applications and inform project promoters how to receive funds from our programme. Conference participants will have space to network and learn more about the City of Jyväskylä and the region of Central Finland at the pre-conference programme and get-together as well as conference reception.
The conference is organised by the Baltic Sea Region Programme in co-operation with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Regional Council of Central Finland and the City of Jyväskylä. Have you not been there yet? Jyväskylä is situated 270 km north from Helsinki, and very well connected by flights and trains. We look forward to welcoming you in Jyväskylä, the human technology city!
Detailed agenda and practical information will be made available at eu.baltic.net.
Jyväskylä harbour, photo by Kirsti Pehkonen