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The Baltic family met in Vilnius

On all floors of the spacious conference venue of the 4th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) participants encountered diverse activities initiated within the Strategy - many of them within the Baltic Sea Region Programme. More than 400 stakeholders of the EUSBSR met on 11-12 November in Vilnius upon an invitation of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of European Union, the European Commission, the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the INTERACT Point Turku.

Lithuanian President at the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2013

Participants were welcomed by the Lithuanian President, Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė. While Commissioner Hahn highlighted the value of the Rail Baltica transport corridor and ChemSea projects, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out to Baltic Deal and Submariner as "amazing examples of transnational cooperation".

BSR Stand

Transgovernance Stand

Baltic Sea Labour Forum

Just around the corner of the plenary hall, many stands in the project village represented projects funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme. At one of them, junior scientists from the project ScienceLink informed that more than 40 SMEs already made use of the new opportunities to apply the high-tech technologies of BSR synchrotrons for their business purposes. At another stand, a new bio-based technology for nutrient removal from the Baltic waters was presented as one example of Submariner activities: cultivating blue mussels in lagoons to take up algae and then producing animal fodder from the mussels.

Workshop Introduction

Workshop participants

Two floors up, people gathered in a workshop organised by the Baltic Sea Region Programme. Four funding programmes provided an overview for 2014 and beyond: BONUS as a science-oriented programme with open calls throughout 2013 and 2014; South Baltic and Central Baltic as larger programmes funding cross-border activities in different sub-regions of the Baltic; and last but not least the transnationally designed Baltic Sea Region Programme. Click here for the workshop presentation.


published 14.11.2013