Save-the-date 5th October in Riga
How can green investments be financed to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free economy in the most cost-effective way? How are energy efficiency solutions applied, which financial schemes are used, and what are the different experiences on financing energy efficiency across the countries in the Baltic Sea Region?
Baltic Development Forum in close collaboration with the Council of the Baltic Sea States/Baltic 2030 (HA Climate), Ministry of Economics of Latvia (PA Energy/EUSBSR) invites you for a regional seminar “Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency” on 5th October 2017 in Riga.
The aim is to take a Baltic Sea Region perspective on how to exploit the full potential of energy efficiency by demonstrating good examples across the region and showing ways to tap into the region´s potential through transnational knowledge, expertise transfer and enhanced regional cooperation.
The seminar will focus on financing energy efficiency with tfehe aim to shed light on the experiences in applying energy efficiency solutions and various financing schemes used differently across the region. To learn from each other and to build the knowledge required to address the challenges incurred by climate change.
The event will include different viewpoints on how financing of green investments should be realized in the most cost-efficient and commercially viable way. This will include the European policy perspective as well as financial institutions, banks and the industry perspective. Cases with best practices on financing energy efficient solutions, including ESCO models, will be shared to find the best possible solutions to the existing challenges with the tested financing schemes.
The seminar is targeted towards national and municipal organizations, cities, policy and commercial banks, industry representatives working with climate change and energy efficiency solutions.
Proceed with the registration here.
Stay tuned for further updates on the programme.
12.00 Registration. Lunch
Flemming Stender, Director, Baltic Development Forum
Krista Kampus, Senior Adviser and Head of the Sustainable Development Unit – Baltic 2030, Council of the Baltic Sea States
13.00 Key-note by the State Secretary of the Ministry Economics of the Republic of Latvia Juris Stinka – Setting the Scene
13.10 Financing green investments
Paul Hodson, Head of Energy Efficiency unit, DG Energy, European Commission (tbc)
Rafal Rybacky, Head of Public Sector Operations in Poland and the Baltic States, European Investment Bank (tbc)
Patrik Marckert, Senior Manager, Energy & Environment, Nordic Investment Bank
Victor Gancel, Flagship Manager Low Carbon City Lab, Climate-KIC Nordic
Mats Olausson, Green banking expert, SEB (tbc)
Reinis Bērziņš, Chairman of the Board, Altum (tbc)
14.50 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 16.20 Panel on best-practices, including ESCO models
The panelists are to be confirmed. We will hear the views from the following countries:
Norway: Hallvard Benum, Energy Ingineer, Kongsberg municipality
Finland: Päivi Laitila, Head of Energy Efficiency Unit Motiva
Denmark: Køge municipality
Lithuania: Housing and Urban Development Agency
16.30 Summing up and steps ahead
The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for 8-9 November, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Main themes of the event are: Sustained and sustainable economic growth, Inclusive economic growth, and Making ESI Funds simpler.
The event is targeted to an audience interested in regional policy.
Participation is free of charge.
Registration for the event "European Week of Regions and Cities" is open until September 26th 2016.
Find more information about the registration procedure here.
In 14th September, the Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event for the Work Program "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" will be organized in Brussels.
The event will be organized by the European Commission due to the upcoming calls for proposals which will be launched in autumn 2016. The event is for the research community, businesses and public administration.
Find the registration link and event programme here.
EU Design Days will be organized in Brussels in September 20-22th 2016. The event will be focusing in following themes: design as a strategic tool to support regional development, design to be used for a circular economy, urban production and design, and design thinking for public sector innovation and regional development.
Also, there is a workshop which considers how design thinking could be applied when co-creating new approaches with and for young people experiencing mental illness. In addition, one of the topics is how the use of design for innovation and growth in Europe could be increased.
Location of the event: BWM Brand Store Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24, 1000, Brussels.
Find the registration and more information about the event from EU Design Days website.
Talking Barents seminar was held at Norway House in Brussels in 16th June 2016. The seminar was organized by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and the North Norway European Office.
The seminar was about Barents Cooperation and it focused in opportunities and challenges in the cross-border cooperation in culture, business development, indigenous peoples’ issues, education, civil society and environmental protection. About 100 participants attended.
Find more information, video and summary from seminar at North Norway website.
NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia, are organizing a workshop to help inform the scope and development of a possible international research cooperation aimed at understanding and addressing current debates surrounding societal security in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The workshop will be held in the “Glass Hall” of Hotel Bergs, Riga, Latvia.
Attendance is by invitation only.
Registration and more information available at NordForsk website.
The first University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in September 12th-16th, 2016. The Congress is hosted by Saint-Petersburg State University, and it will feature Science and Meeting sections. Key UArctic meetings include the Council of UArctic, UArctic Rectors' Forum, Student Forum, and Thematic Network leaders.
Registration to the Congress ends in August 21st, 2016.
Find more details about the Congress and registration here.
An updated programme has been released for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR. Detailed information about the event can be now found. Check the programme here. Concerning the proposals for seminars/workshops, applicants will be notified shortly. Information will be updated in the dedicated webpage.
One of the main sessions now announced in the programme addresses the potential of cooperation on digitalisation for the benefit of the whole EU. The Baltic Sea region countries are at the forefront of digitalisation in Europe. We have interviewed the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group who recently presented a report on the state of digital development. You find this interview at the Strategy Forum website.
Registration will open on 22 August.
On 5 July, 2016, Poland handed over the CBSS Presidency to Iceland during the Almedalen Political Week in Visby (Sweden). The event was hosted by the Governor of Gotland, Ms Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.
Participants of the ceremony expressed their appreciation to Poland for its visionary approach and enormous commitment to the Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The role of the line ministers meetings, organised by Poland, including culture (September 2015), science (June 2016) and deputy foreign ministers’ (June 2016) sessions, was emphasised. The upcoming Icelandic Presidency priorities were also introduced, with both Ambassador Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson & Ambassador Estrid Brekkan emphasising the Icelandic commitment to the Baltic Sea Region and continued collaboration on all levels.
Read more here.
Time: 14 September, 2016 to 16 September, 2016
Place: Verkatehdas Arts & Congress Center, Paasikiventie 2, 13200 Hämeenlinna
The 24th BSSSC Annual Conference will take place from 14th to 16th September 2016 in Hämeenlinna, Finland.
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Value of Regional Co-operation in Challenging Times
This year the conference is dedicated to the European challenges we are facing today, but also overcoming them together, via co-operation within our common Baltic Sea Region.
For more information and registration visit: http://www.hameenliitto.fi/fi/24th-bsssc-annual-conference
The 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit will be held in Stockholm on 8 November 2016, in conjunction with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Taking stock of the current state of the Baltic Sea Region, the 18th BDF Summit will explore how we can find common ground in a changing environment, looking closer at the regional economic affairs, the political climate, and the potential for business.
Organised by the Baltic Development Forum, the annual Summits have provided a high-level meeting place for regional cross-sectoral dialogue since 1999.
More information here.
Sweden Proudly Presents and Welcomes You to Creative Powers for Europe!
Participate in a day of bold discussions and fresh ideas for moving the cultural and creative sectors in Europe forward. In doing so we will take steps towards sustainable development. The national and regional authorities that are the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Skåne are pleased to invite you to Creative Powers for Europe!
The open window between Europe and Russia
Date: 16th of June 2016
Venue: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, Brussels
Time: 14h00-17h00 + Reception
The North Norway European Office and the North Norway European Office welcome participants to take part in the Talking Barents seminar, which aims at providing the EU capital with more knowledge about the unique examples of best practice, as well as challenges and opportunities the Barents cooperation face.
Please find the seminar programme here.
Please sign up for the seminar by the 13th of June here.
The seventh Northern Dimension Forum focused on discussing the challenges and business opportunities in the Arctic region. The need for international cooperation and sustainable development in the Arctic was highlighted throughout the discussions. The ND Forum – organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC) and the Association of European Businesses (AEB) – was held on 7 April 2016 in St. Petersburg with over 200 delegates attending the event.
The 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 8th and 9th of November 2016. The Strategy Forum will be arranged back to back with the Baltic Development Forum, BDF.
The event is hosted by Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the European Commission.
The overall theme of the 7th Strategy Forum is the future of the Baltic Sea Region and how to achieve a common vision for 2030. The slogan for the Strategy Forum is: One Region, One Future - Vision for the Baltic Sea Region 2030". The Strategy Forum will be used to discuss how the EUSBSR can or should contribute to a desired development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity. A strong emphasis will also be placed on the agreed sub-objectives of the EUSBSR.
The registration will be open between 22 August and 30 September.
For further information, please visit: http://www.strategyforum2016.eu/
The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), in its capacity as the Policy Area “Health” Coordinator within the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)organized a conference promoting the policy-to-project-to-policy cycle. The event took place on 28 April and it was hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe at its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference brought together 35 policy and decision-makers, project implementers as well as representatives of academia and funding organizations.
“LEND-LEASE AND ARCTIC CONVOYS: FROM REGIONAL COOPERATION TOWARDS GLOBAL COALITION”
August 30, 2016
Northern Arctic Federal University
Northern Arctic Federal University located in Arkhangelsk, North-West Russia, is happy to announce the forthcoming celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Allied Arctic Convoy DERVISH. The celebrations will be held on 29 August - 1 September 2016 in Arkhangelsk and offer a diverse programme of ceremonial, public and cultural events.
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference “Lend-Lease and Arctic Convoys: From Regional Cooperation Towards Global Coalition” to be hosted by the Northern Arctic Federal University on August 30, 2016 alongside the extended programme on the regional level that you are also welcome to enjoy.
The Conference will be attended by officials, diplomatic missions, federal and regional authorities, veterans, researchers, students, general public, and media.
Conference Concept and Relevance
The joint economic potential of the Allied coalition became one of the most important sources for the victory in the World War II. The mechanism of Lend-Lease allowed the Allies to make efficient and prompt use of this potential, and continued to influence the world affairs even after the War’s conclusion, laying foundations for the concept of collaboration pool as well as several key international economic, political and cultural organizations. The Lend-Lease concept thus became one of the main global consolidating factors during and after the War. Today we can learn a lot from this joint experience in order to apply it for the development of effective solutions to combat international terrorism, global disasters, epidemics and other modern challenges calling for consolidation of efforts on the part of the international community.
One could hardly overestimate the role of the Northern Convoys as the shortest and most important route for strategic cargo supply to the USSR. The collaboration experience of the navy of 40 nations in the Arctic remains unparalleled and calls for further investigation.
Topics To Be Addressed
Within the framework of the Conference the following topics are offered for discussion:
- The strategy of the Allied coalition during World War II;
- The role of the Lend-Lease policy;
- The political and historical context of the Northern Convoys history;
- The convoy operation management;
- The contribution of different nations in the convoy operations;
- The importance of the northern route for the victory.
For further information, please contact Svetlana Pirogova, Head of NArFU International Communications Unit, at s.pirogova(at)narfu.ru.
The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), scheduled for November 8th-9th, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
We cordially invite You to the second Northern Dimension Day to hear and discuss the future visions in the Northern Dimension cooperation.
Can we turn the Arctic into a black carbon free area? Will the automatization of transport improve the connectivity of the region? How can we more effectively fight against the increasing antimicrobial resistance of bacteria? What is the role of creative industries in improving the region’s innovativeness? These and other future trends shaping the development and cooperation in the ND area in 2030 will be discussed by a group of insightful panelists representing the four ND Partnerships and the ND Business council.
Time: 7 November 2016 at 16:00-18:00 Venue: Festlokal Camarillo, Kungstensgatan 22, 113 57 Stockholm, Sweden (map).
15.30 Registration and refreshments 16.00 Opening of the event Riitta Kosonen, Director, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT), Aalto University School of Business, lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) 16.10 Panel discussion moderated by Monika Zamachowska, Polish journalist and moderator specialized in European affairs. Future visions discussed by:
Jaakko Henttonen, Adviser, Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Marek Maciejowski, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Wellbeing Oddgeir Danielsen, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics Ilze Gailite-Holmberg, Senior Adviser, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Pavel Isayev, Adviser to General Director, Severstal & Northern Dimension Business Council
Q&A 17.30 Mingling & Tapas buffet
Please register by 31 October using this link. The seminar participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required as seats are limited.
If you have any problems with the registration, kindly contact us: cemat(a)aalto.fi.
Please follow also our Twitter account for info about the ND Day: www.twitter.com/ND_Institute
The kick-off conference for three EU projects: NSB CoRe, Scandria 2Act and TENTacle projects was held on April 7th at Kalastajatorppa in Helsinki and gathered for about one hundred participants. These three projects start their cooperation in order to develop the EU TEN-T Core Network Corridors intersecting the Baltic Sea Region.
The project North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions, NSB CoRe is led by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council from Finland, and it aims to improve the sustainable accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region (EBSR) to freight and passenger transport.
The Scandria2Act is a project developing the northern sections of the Core Network Corridor from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, prioritizing energy efficient solutions in freight and passenger transports. The TENTacle project focuses on the accessibility of peripheral regions in the Baltic Sea Region by developing their connections to the Core Network Corridors.
These three-year projects NSB CoRe, Scandria2Act and TENTacle have been approved by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.
To get more information about the conference and the projects, please visit Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council web page.
The first eHealth Innovation Days at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) on 8th and 9th September 2016.
This conference will offer a platform for networking, for creating new partnerships and exchanging knowledge and experience. Four sessions and an exhibition will show the potential of eHealth for improving the Health Care Systems:
- Science and Research
- Hospitals and Best Practise
- Companies and Success Stories
- User Involvement and Usability.
Excellent Speakers from the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and the Netherlands will be in place for discussions with the audience. This will create the opportunity to see what we can expect of the eHealth market in the years to come and explore the limits of what is possible.
The registration is open until August 15, 2016.
For further information, please visit the conference web page.
“Cultural tourism is rising in Russia and we need recommendations to find synergies between cultural and creative industries and tourism”, stated NDPC Senior adviser Ilze Gailite-Holmberg in her opening words for the Creative Industries roundtable discussion at the 7th Northern Dimension Forum. The roundtable focused on the interaction and cross-overs of CCIs and cultural tourism, and provided examples of innovative approaches to combining them.
The HuSArctic project (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland) calls for papers for an international conference with a focus on the Barents region and its environment, sustainability and development, organized in March 25-28, 2017 in Enontekiö, Finland and Kautokeino, Norway. Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2016.
For further information, please visit the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland website.
On 11-12 October 2016, the new research unit RAS at the Law Department of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) will together with SDU’s Centre for War Studies convene a 2-day conference to explore the future of the Arctic Council. Deadline for abstracts: June 6, 2016.
This conference will take stock of the accomplishments, challenges and future prospects of the Arctic Council. With a particular focus on international legal aspects and political issues, academic experts and stakeholders will explore whether the Council has lived up to its commitment to the well-being of the inhabitants of the Arctic, the protection of the Arctic environment and sustainable development and whether it is ready to oversee and coordinate the consequences of climate change for Arctic both when it comes to its people, wildlife, resources and security.
For more information, please visit the University of the Arctic (UArctic) website.
Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.
The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.
In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.
For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.