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The South Baltic Annual Conference took place in Schwerin in Germany, the capital city of state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern!
Going local. Meeting your needs. Connecting people and ideas.The South Baltic Annual Conference took place in Schwerin in Germany, the capital city of state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern!

The Annual Conference of the South Baltic Programme took place in Schwerin, beautiful Golden Hall of Neustädtisches Palais on 29 November 2011. More than 120 participants from different EU countries gathered together to obtain information about the South Baltic Programme implementation, discuss the future of the territorial co-operation and learn more about the South Baltic projects.

The Annual Conference was officially opened by Ms Elisabeth Strupp, The Chairperson of the South Baltic Programme Steering and Monitoring Committees in 2011, Ministry of Economics, Labour and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Ms Iwona Brol, The Managing Authority, The Head of Territorial Co-operation Department, Ministry of Regional Development of Poland.

An opening presentation  on state of the implementation of the South Baltic Programme was delivered by Ms Marta Plichta, the Head of the Joint Technical Secretariat.

The participants were also addressed the representative of the European Commission, Mr Marcin Wójcik on the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EU SBSR) and its opportunities and challenges for the South Baltic co-operation. The day continued with two panel discussions, which were moderated by Mr Jacek Zaucha, Professor of Economics of University of Gdańsk.

The first panel on impact of the territorial co-operation on the regions covered by the South Baltic Programme gathered the representatives of the regions participating in the Programme who shared their  views on the territorial co-operation. The strengths and weaknesses of the Program were explicitly discussed to illustrate The South Baltic Programme to the public. The second panel on the new programming perspective 2014-202 and challenges and opportunities for the territorial co-operation was opened by the European Commission’s presentation given by Mr Marcin Wójcik. Afterward, the representatives from regional and national institutions from all five South Baltic Programme countries (Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden) discussed and shared the specific national and regional views on the future of the cross-border territorial co-operation as seen from the European, national and regional perspective.

“The conference was organized to gather together all the stakeholders and beneficiaries of the South Baltic Programme to celebrate the success of the Programme and the co-operation among partners from the five participating countries. This year’s the conference was of a special importance due to the preparation process of the next programming and the new round of programmes which will operate from 2014. Our aim was to present the positive influence of the Programme on the South Baltic area and the real outputs from the projects delivered with the Programme’s assistance”

After the official part the South Baltic projects presented their results during the Projects Exhibition. In total 15 projects were presented at the exhibition to promote the achievements of the South Baltic Programme and the benefits to the regions. As the result of the competition organized during the exhibition the following projects were awarded:

III place: Eco4Life - South Baltic Network for Environmental and Life Sciences to Boost Cross Border Cooperation

II place: Intermodal cross-border passenger transport solutions supporting regional integration of interface regions in SBA (Interface)

I place: Capacity Building Project

The South Baltic Awards ceremony was conducted by Ms Marta Plichta, the Head of the JTS and awards were presented to the winning projects by Ms Elisabeth Strupp, The Chairperson of the South Baltic Programme Steering and Monitoring Committees in 2011, Ministry of Economics, Labour and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Annual Conference was led by the JTS staff Ms Liga Kalvane and Mr Jakub Fedorowicz. The participants had great opportunity to learn more about the South Baltic Projects, Programme and regions also during informal, fun and interesting competitions.

The JTS would like to thank to all the participants, Contact Points and Regional Contact Points for the support and to the panellists for their contribution to the fruitful discussions.  The Programme would like to pass special acknowledgement to the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and friends from Contact Point Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for their help and involvement in organisation of the Annual Conference.

Press about the Annual Conference (DE):

Press note 1Press note 2Press note 3

See you next year in Sweden!


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