Interviews

Baltic Sea Region in 2030-Perspectives of EU-Russia cooperation?

On Wednesday 9th November (10:40 – 12.00), the Strategy Forum in Stockholm offers a unique opportunity to come and hear top-level political discussion on EU-Russia cooperation and what is being done in the Baltic Sea Region to maintain these relations. Even in times of political tension, it is important to keep up the dialogue and collaboration on macro-regional, regional and local levels. To achieve the jointly agreed goals of the EUSBSR there is a need to work closely together with the neighbouring countries.

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EUSBSR flagships synergising on TEN-T corridors
– a recipe to embed the TEN-T in the BSR communities?

The allied Interreg Baltic Sea Region flagship projects of NSB CoRe, Scandria 2Act and TENTacle strongly believe that the implementation of the TEN-T core network corridors crossing the Baltic Sea Region – Scandinavian-Mediterranean, North Sea-Baltic and Baltic-Adriatic – has a large but untapped potential to stimulate positive effects. These, however, should not be restricted to the transport sector and need to diffuse beyond the immediate geographical areas they cross.

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Per Bødker Andersen – the Baltic Sea Region needs more cooperation and new innovations

Per Bødker Andersen is President of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Councillor in the City of Kolding, Denmark. We asked him about UBC’s work for the improvement of the Baltic Sea Region and his expectations of the Strategy Forum.

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What factors make the Baltic Sea Region suitable for digital startups?

The Baltic Sea Region is attractive to digital startups. Why? There is a lot of fantastic ‘tech talent’ in the region – and there are also people with experience in leading digital companies. Against this promising background, we asked Frida Johansson, Recruiter at Supercell – a mobile game development company founded in 2010 in Helsinki – to tell us more about the prospects for digital companies.

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How does H&M envisage a sustainable fashion industry 2030?

In a world with a growing population, an increasing middle class who can afford a better living, we are faced with need to rethink the way we produce, consume and discard goods. Ms Felicia Reuterswärd from Hennes & Maurtiz gives us her views on how to meet the challenges ahead in the world of fashion.

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Niklas Zennström - a change of mindset is needed for collaboration

Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid. We asked him about his commitment to the Baltic sea region and his expectations of the Strategy Forum.

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What is the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission?

Many pan-Baltic organisations have existed for much longer than the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. A special chapter in the revised version of the Action Plan for the strategy lists the pan-Baltic organisations and their contribution to the strategy.

We asked Jari Sainio, President of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, which gathers together regional authorities from around the Baltic Sea, to explain about the organisation and its work. 

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Cooperation on maritime issues – are we making progress?

Meet Tiina Perho, a regional politician engaged in the Baltic Sea cooperation once involved in writing the basis of the EUSBSR: "Since I had the possibility to be involved in the beginning of the strategy, the interest towards it has continued and I am always eager to hear the latest developments, and work with implementing the strategy´s targets." As a present board member of South West Finland Regional Council & Chair CPMR Baltic Sea Region Working Group on Maritime issues, she will also be one of the panellists of the Inspirational Session II at the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm.

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RPI reveals future hotspots and cold zones in the Baltic Sea Region

The Baltic Sea Region is characterised by distinctive challenges and opportunities. The seminar ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – tools for monitoring the BSR development’, during the Strategy Forum, will present insights on how the Baltic Sea Region has developed during the last decade.

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Territorial Monitoring – a way to measure what we need to manage

A seminar titled ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – tools for monitoring the BSR development’, will examine territorial monitoring and how it can help us to reach the EUSBSR objectives by 2030. 

The seminar, to be held during the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR, focuses on understanding the main challenges and opportunities the Baltic Sea Region policy needs to address by presenting and discussing the social, economic and environmental development based on a number of indicators.

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Baltic Sea Region digital cooperation a key to speed up EU development

The Baltic Sea Region countries are at the forefront of digitisation in Europe. At the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR we will address the potential of cooperation in digitisation for the benefit of the whole of the EU. The digital economy is a driver of growth, but is dependent on the wider EU market to keep up with other parts of the world. In a recent report, the Boston Consulting Group finds worrying signs of a European Union not keeping up the pace. When we ask Fredrik Lind, the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group, about this, he points to the important role of the frontrunners in the Baltic Sea Region to cooperate and show the rest of the EU what can be done.

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Erik Kiesow, Swedish National Coordinator about the Strategy Forum

What is the Strategy Forum?
It is the event for everyone working to improve the future of the Baltic Sea Region. This is a place where you can have a say on policy matters, obstacles, or just pitch your ideas on how to reach the three overall objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR): Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity.

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