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Invitation to the Baltic Sea Region Programme conference “The power of the Baltic Sea macro-region” in Jyväskylä

We have a pleasure to invite you to the Baltic Sea Region Programme conference "The power of the Baltic Sea macro-region" in Jyväskylä, Finland on 30 November -1 December 2010. The event 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. We also intend to open the fourth call for project applications and inform project promoters how to receive funds from our programme.

We will have a video message by the President of Finland Ms Tarja Halonen. 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. Speakers from the European Commission (Mr José Palma Andrès, Director, Regional Policy) and the Danube region (Ms Etelka Barsi-Pataky, Commissioner of the Government of Hungary for the EU Danube Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) will 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.

Conference participants will have space to network and explore the City of Jyväskylä and the region of Central Finland. We will learn about Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and visit his works, accompanied by music and food, during the get-together on 29 Nov. The pre-conference programme on 30 Nov will start with a visit to Keljonlahti power plant and continue with a seminar on bioenergy. The performance of the Dance Theatre Kramppi and Finnish folk music will craft atmosphere at the conference and the reception on 30 November.

The event is organised by the Baltic Sea Region Programme's Joint Technical Secretariat 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, connected by flights, busses and trains. We look forward to welcoming you in Jyväskylä, the human technology city!

Susanne Scherrer
Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat Rostock/Riga
The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013


published 21.09.2010