The Baltic Sea Forum e.V. was founded in 1992 as Pro Baltica Forum e.V. It possesses a representative network of members from the business world, politics and administration. The Baltic Sea Forum is a private organisation which works closely together with a number of governments as well as with state-wide, regional and local institutions. The Forum renamed itself on the 20th March of 2003 in order to express its focus on the whole Baltic Sea region even more clearly.
The Baltic Sea Forum has representatives in Bremen, Brussels, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Mönchenstein, Oslo, Riga, Schleswig-Holstein, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Gdansk.
Litauen vor der EU-Ratspräsidentschaft
Mit verstärktem Interesse blickt Europa derzeit nach Nordosteuropa. Dort ist es den drei Baltischen Ländern Litauen, Lettland und Estland nach schweren wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Verwerfungen in den Jahren 2008 bis 2011 gelungen, sich bis heute zu stabilisieren und wieder gute Wirtschaftsdaten vorzulegen.
Angesichts der bevorstehenden (ersten) litauischen EU-Ratspräsidentschaft in der zweiten Jahreshälfte 2013 laden wir Sie herzlich ein, einen eingehenderen Blick in die Region zu nehmen und mit dem ehemaligen Außenminister der Republik Litauen und gegenwärtigem stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden des Auswärtigen Ausschusses des Seimas, Herrn Audronius A¸ubalis, sowie dem Vorsitzenden des Baltic Sea Forums, Bundesminister a.D. Kurt Bodewig, über die Herausforderungen Europas und die Schwerpunktsetzung der litauischen EURatspräsidentschaft zu diskutieren.
- Invitation (PDF) (ca. 101 K)
- Registry Form (PDF) (ca. 113 K)
Conference on Eastern Europe in context of Amber Coast Logistic
18.-19.06.2013, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
The transport corridor Paris-Berlin-Warsaw-Moscow has grown in recent years as a key driver of cross-border business. Political reforms open up national markets and trade between Western and Eastern Europe is growing steadily. We cordially invite you: Find out about the latest trends, the right business practices as well as the current legal frameworks for doing business between East and West. Learn in three parallel workshops from best practice examplesof collaboration and discover new opportunities in East Brandenburg for your business in Germany and Eastern Europe.
- Einladung / Programm (PDF) (ca. 741 K)
The Baltic Sea Forum (BSF) has launched in cooperation with the EU project InnoShip and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) the
Baltic Sea Clean Maritime (BSCM) Award. The BSCM Award has been created to support innovative and environmental friendly approaches and ideas in the Baltic Sea and to provide a platform for transparency, knowledge exchange and implementation measures.
Accordingly, the award aims to promote approaches and ideas that meet the following criteria:
- reduce and prevent emissions caused by shipping and port operations in the Baltic Sea Region,
- reconcile the different interests and needs within the Baltic maritime sector in order to foster a more environmental-friendly maritime sector,
- coordinate efforts to make the Baltic Sea a model area for clean and competitive shipping in Europe,
- contributing to a coherent maritime spatial planning covering the different activities in the maritime sector.
The current call for proposals and the application documents are available under the following link: http://bscm-award.isl.org/about.
Clean Baltic Sea Shipping EU-Project
Strategy paper Clean Baltic Sea Shipping
- Please find all information regarding this event in the following documents:
- Flyer (PDF) (ca. 559 K)
- Strategy paper for the EU-Project Clean Baltic Sea Shipping (PDF) (ca. 141 K)
Annual Meeting of Baltic Sea Forum e.V.
- Please find a detailled programme and all information necessary for your registration in the following documents:
- Invitation to the Member's Meeting 2012 (PDF) (ca. 63 K)
- Programme of the Annual Meeting 2012 (PDF) (ca. 32 K)
- Invitation to the panel discussion (PDF) (ca. 82 K)
HELCOM Youth Forum 2012
10.-12. December 2012, Rostock, Germany
- Resolution of the Forum (PDF) (ca. 81 K)
- Welcoming speech by Kurt Bodewig (PDF) (ca. 73 K)
The Baltic Sea Forum, together with the University of Rostock, has invited students of the Baltic rim to the HELCOM YOUTH Forum for a scientific, interdisciplinary exchange to Rostock, December 10th-12th, 2012.
Kurt Bodewig (Chairmain of the Board, Baltic Sea Forum):
We want to see, that the young people's around the Baltic Sea have their own identity with this special region. It is going to be to the aspects of this issue, how the Baltic Sea Region growing together. With the HELCOM YOUTH FORUM we want to impart the view of young people's around the Baltic countries, that we have a responsibility as an residents for this wonderful region with the sea and the long coast. We welcome students of today with high commitment for a clean Baltic Sea, who are Creator of tomorrow of Baltic Sea Region.
What is the HELCOM Youth Forum about ?
With the Youth Forum series, HELCOM is raising youth's attention by actively involving students into HELCOM-processes. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to meet scientists, decision-makers and other students from the Baltic Sea Region. The exchange of ideas towards the future development of the region is based on HELCOM relevant topics such as environmental protection or sustainable use of resources. By attending different plenary sessions and workshops, the students have the opportunity to draft a resolution based on their vision of Baltic Sea Region, which will be presented to HELCOM.
On the one hand the students are going to get informations focussed on environmental issues of the Baltic Sea region by experts of our network, and on the other hand they are going to compile common goals for the region in teamwork within the context of their further scientific future. The previously by Baltic Sea Forum conducted HELCOM Youth Fora were always realized with great enthusiasm, commitment and exterior impact. In support of the work of the Helsinki-Commission (HELCOM), they aimed at making young students of all Baltic rim familiar with problems of the marine environment of the Baltic Sea area and developing basic approaches for its protection.
This project has been aided by the BMU and the UBA from the revenues of the 10th special edition postage stamp
Für den Umweltschutz with the theme
Who can apply ?
- Postgraduate students (Bachelor's or comparable degree)
- Maritime focus in natural sciences, law, engineering, economic or social sciences
- Interest in Baltic Sea affairs and in a sustainable future development of the Baltic Sea Region
What you can expect ?
- Meet senior scientists, decision-makers and young academic professionals from the Baltic Sea Region.
- Discuss future scenarios of economic growth, sustainable use of resources and environmental protection.
- Co-operate in thematic Workshops towards
- Sustainability of the Baltic Sea Ecosystem
- Maritime Technologies and Innovation
- Maritime Policy and Regulations
- Contribute to the drafting of a HELCOM Youth Forum resolution - your chance to get actively involved!
- Enjoy free accommodation, catering and refund of travel expenses.
Note: We offer a contribution to your travel expenses up to 500,00€/person (depending on the sum actually spent - invoice/receipt required), accommodation free of charge up to 2 nights and full catering during the event. Refunding of travel expenses only with valid invoices/receipts!
BSR InnoShip addresses the common challenge of the Baltic Sea countries and the key maritime stakeholders to cooperate in minimizing ship-based air pollution, while aiming at optimizing competitiveness of the maritime industry. The project promotes new and innovative transnational approaches to mitigate the different needs and interests of the maritime sector and to ensure a level playing field for more sustainable and economically viable management of the Baltic Sea resources. The project provides needed knowledge and best practices for policy and decision makers in the development and joint implementation of national and transnational policies, strategies and concrete measures to implement the international low emission requirements. Practical models and tools are elaborated to estimate economic implications of the required emission reductions and encouraging voluntary measures and economic incentives for low emission solutions in local, national and the Baltic Sea level.
The project partnership consists of 19 partners and 24 associated partners representing Pan Baltic, national and local organizations in all the countries in the Baltic Sea region including Russia. In order to ensure achievement of the project goals the partners will collaborate with the key Baltic maritime stakeholders including HELCOM and national maritime authorities in elaborating recommendations for joint actions to reduce and prevent atmospheric emissions of the shipping and ensure competitiveness of the Baltic maritime industry.
PDF Document (ca. 1286 K)
- BSR Innoship E-Newsletter
Amber Coast Logistics
Hafen Hamburg Marketing and partners of the EU project AMBER COAST LOGISTICS are inviting you to the project opening conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Participation is free of charge. Please register before 12th October 2011.
- Please find more information on the conference programme and the registration in the following document:
- Programm (PDF) (ca. 104 K)
- More information can also be found on the project homepage:
- Download Press Releases:
- Press release ACL Mid-term Conference (EN) (PDF) (ca. 78 K)
- Press release ACL Mid-term Conference (DE) (PDF) (ca. 65 K)
- Press release ACL Mid-term Conference (RU) (PDF) (ca. 147 K)
CLEANSHIP and the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan
The goals of the project are best described by the Helsinki Commission or Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) LETTER OF SUPPORT:
HELCOM would herewith like to express support for the project application
Clean Baltic Sea Shipping, proposed to be funded under the 3rd Call to the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. The overall goals of the Clean Baltic Sea Shipping project are to reduce ship borne air pollution in the Baltic Sea in general and in ports and port cities of the Baltic Sea Region in particular. The project will result in solutions which will be possible to apply directly in order to obtain less polluting shipping in the vulnerable, and today so exposed, Baltic Sea.
The HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (HELCOM BSAP) requires the Baltic Sea countries to take actions to reduce emissions from ships and ensure adequate port reception facilities for sewage. HELCOM countries have already proposed to the International Maritime Organization the designation of the Baltic Sea as a control area under Annex IV to MARPOL 73/78 to ban discharges of untreated sewage from passenger ships.
For the proposal to take effect, adequate reception facilities for sewage have to be available in the Baltic Sea. The Clean Baltic Sea Shipping project constitutes an opportunity to facilitate the implementation by the nine HELCOM Baltic Coastal States and the European Community of the obligations undertaken in the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan. HELCOM would, therefore, be willing to offer its cooper-ation structure, making use of HELCOM meetings, conferences, etc., as a means to consider and discuss the project products, processes and outcomes, and in this way also test and integrate it with work carried out under HELCOM.
This would also give a possibility for considering HELCOM's position by the end of the Project to display and host project outcomes, and thus ensuring the sustainability of the Project.
- Please find the current newsletter of the Clean Baltic Sea Shipping project in the following document:
- CBSS Newsletter #3 (PDF) (ca. 34 K)
- Please find more information in the following documents:
- Information on CleanShip and HELCOM (PDF) (ca. 838 K)
- CBSS Flyer (PDF) (ca. 559 K)
- and on the project homepage: