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Blue growth – added value of cooperating in project clusters

Time: 10:40-13:00 (N.B. the ending time) Wednesday 9 November

Venue: Fogelström

Blue growth – understood as a smart, sustainable and inclusive economic and employment growth from the sea and coasts – provides opportunities for the Baltic Sea Region as it has potential for the economic use of resources and protection of its environment. 

The objective of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region workshop is to explore the needs and wants of project clusters in the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Europe in the area of blue growth. Aims of the workshop include mapping out thematic preferences for clustering from policy and project level in the area of blue growth as well as the feasibility of implementing clusters in the existing framework of the different funding programmes.

The expected outcome is to obtain information from workshop participants as to whether there is a demand for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region to provide leadership in the creation of project clusters in this particular field. The approach used at the workshop will provide space for opinion, expectations and experiences to come into place. This will all feed into the continuous development of the programme to assess the possibilities that are available to realise the idea of project clusters in the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Europe.

Next steps: the workshop’s input will be further developed into the Terms of Reference for a future call on project clusters within Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

Panel 1: Policy
Moderator: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat
Claus Schultze, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maritime Policy Baltic Sea, North Sea and landlocked Member States Gitte Mondrup, EUSBSR Policy Area Ship Coordinator, Danish Maritime Authority
Angela Schulz-Zehden,  Managing Director, SUBMARINER Network as a flagship of Policy Area Innovation
Tiina Tihlman, Monitoring Committee member,  Interreg Baltic Sea Region, Finnish Ministry of Environment
Ole Damsgaard, Head of Secretariat, Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic
Carsten Westerholt, Deputy Head of Secretariat, Interreg North Sea Region
Jakub Fedorowicz, acting Head of Joint Secretariat, Interreg South Baltic
Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director, BONUS Programme

Panel 2: Projects
Moderator: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat
Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects:
Smart Blue Regions: Steffen Lüsse, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Baltic Blue Growth: Lena Tasse, Region Östergötland, Sweden
GREEN CRUISE PORT: Ingo Fehrs, Hamburg Port Authority, Germany
Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic project:
URCHIN: Colin Hannon, Marine & Freshwater Research Centre, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
Interreg North Sea Region projects:
NorthSEE: Tomas Andersson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Sweden
DUAL Ports: Wim Stubbe, AG Haven Oostende, Belgium
Interreg South Baltic project:
InnoAquaTech: Heinrich Cuypers, BioCon Valley GmbH, Germany



Main organiser:
Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Seminar contact person:
Elena Kolosova

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Save the Sea: Clear water in the sea
Save the Sea: Better cooperation

Increase Prosperity: EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020
Increase Prosperity: Improved global competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region