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Joint European conference on transnational cooperation under Polish EU Presidency in September 2011

Stakeholders and decision makers in the public sector are used to think and act in local, regional or national frameworks. They need to be made much more aware about the opportunities of transnational cooperation. What is the added value of working in a transnational cooperation project? What problems can be solved more effectively at international level? How do institutions benefit from being linked to transnational networks?

Representatives of managing authorities and secretariats of ten transnational cooperation programmes met in Brussels on 8 July, and agreed that the benefit of transnational cooperation has to be highlighted in a more effective way. To this end, they set up a "steering group" responsible for organising a joint conference involving all European transnational cooperation programmes in 2011. One joint event will better demonstrate the European impact of transnational cooperation across the whole continent. Still, geography matters: territorial cooperation needs a territorial reference - such as the Baltic Sea region.

Poland will hold the EU Presidency in the second half of 2011 and offered to host the event. Participants were pleased to be informed that the Polish minister of regional development already indicated to open the conference if it was to take place in Poland. Thus the event would get the necessary public attention. Representatives of the programmes now also count on high level representation from the European Commission.

The Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme had already expressed its support to the event at its last meeting in Helsinki, on 9 June 2010. The Baltic Sea Region representatives strongly supported the Polish offer to host the event. The steering group will met again on 29 September 2010, and again at the EU office of the Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein in Brussels. Susanne Scherrer, director of the JTS, and Alke Elisabeth Voß, JTS communication officer represent the Baltic Sea Region Programme at the steering group.


published 09.07.2010