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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, Oslo, Riga, Schleswig-Holstein, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Gdansk.


Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award, an Environmental Prize for Baltic Sea Region and the maritime economy and science

Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th 2017 at the 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, which will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office together with the CPMR - Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission.

Please apply for the 4th BSCA Award in 2018. We will send you application form. Just send us an email to:

Award Ceremony 2017

Press Releases BSCMA 2017 (PDF) (ca. 130 K)
Press Releases BSCMA 2017 (Annex) (PDF) (ca. 121 K)

Baltic Sea Forum as a partner in the Let's communicate! project

Let's Communicate

The Let's communicate! project, funded by INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme, functions as the Communication Point of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The project aims to maintain and develop further the internal and external communications of the EUSBSR framework. It has a strong partnership consisting of representatives from all Baltic Sea Region countries and pan-Baltic organisations.

Let's communicate! administers the EUSBSR website, Twitter, Flickr, and Youtube accounts. The project gathers current information about EUSBSR developments to its communication channels, promotes the use of the EUSBSR visual identity and provides with communication support and tools to the EUSBSR stakeholders. In addition, the project will reach out to new target groups in order to attract new stakeholders to take part in action.

The project is partly funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). Baltic Sea Forum is a partner in the project. More information:

Lead Partner: Centrum Balticum
Contact at Baltic Sea Forum (BSF): Dr. rer. med. Markus Köhl,

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Let's communicate basic facts:

Lead partner:
Centrum Balticum Foundation (FI)

Core partners:
VASAB Secretariat (LV)
Pomorskie in the European Union Association (PL)
Baltic Development Forum (DK)
Eastern Norway County Network (NO)
Vilius Chamber of Commerce (LT)
Baltic Sea Forum (DE)

Associated partners:
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (SE)
Baltic Sea Commission of CPMR
Estonian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (EE)

35 months / 2,5 years

588,700 EUR (ERDF 457,900 EUR)

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme (Priority 4)

Let's communicate!

Baltic Sea Forum is partner for the EU project Let's communicate!, which is coordinated by Centrum Balticum. The aim of the project is to develop and test a communication strategy for the Baltic Sea strategy of the EU. Please find more information at:


The Baltic Sea Forum as Partner of the EMMA Project

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) with its growing transport volumes especially between East and West and its insufficient road and rail infrastructure needs innovative and pragmatic solutions to cope with future requirements on transport facilities. Rivers, canals and also the Baltic Sea have huge capacity reserves, whereas road and rail infrastructure already is in some parts of the Baltic Sea Region overloaded.

However, Inland Waterway and River-Sea Shipping (IWT) still do not play the adequate role in the transport system to its potential. All in all ship transportation has many advantages compared to alternative modes like road and rail. In particular, it is cost efficient and environmentally friendly compared to the other modes. However, too often, inland shipping is not even considered as transport alternative by many forwarders and stakeholders in the transport sector.

The question that needs to be answered is how the modal share of IWT can be increased in the Baltic Sea Region countries. The implementation of pilot activities, their promotion for wider acceptance and information that addresses the specific target groups is required! This is why Port of Hamburg Marketing jointly developed the EMMA project with 20 partners from the 5 BSR countries.


The Baltic Sea Forum is currently involved with a project proposal aimed at strengthening inland and coastal shipping in the Baltic Sea region. This project, titled EMMA, was submitted by the Port of Hamburg Marketing as part of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme. The prospective EMMA consortium consists of 21 partners based in Germany, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Thematically, EMMA focuses on the specifics of particular markets in the inland waterway sector as well as different stages of development with regard to the integration of inland waterway vessels as an efficient economic alternative in international supply chains. The verdict of the project proposal will be decided at the end of November.

Photo Copyright Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.


Co-Operation with Russia is essential

Interview with Dr. Gabriele Kötschau, board member of Baltic Sea Forum and head of the St.Peterburg branch of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Download: Sonderbeilage THB Deutsche Schiffahrtszeitung (PDF) (ca. 840 K)

INTERREG 2015-2020

Download: INTERREG Programme Fact Sheet (PDF) (ca. 358 K)

New Brochure: INTERREG IV - Projekte mit Hamburger Beteiligung

Download: INTERREG Projekte mit Hamburger Beteiligung (PDF) (ca. 38881 K)

There are separate web sites for the regions:

Interreg turns 25

Download: Newsletter (PDF) (ca. 1392 K)

UN Delegationsreise zum politischen Forum auf höchster Ebene

Das Baltic Sea Forum veranstaltet am 07. Februar 2017 in der UN einen Site Event unter dem Titel Sustainable transport as strategy for the eradication of poverty with focus on inland transport and employment generation to implement social development - How the Baltic-Sea-Region-Project EMMA supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Conference Room CR B Conference Building CR, United Nations Headquarters New York. Die BSF-Veranstaltung findet parallel zur Fifty Fifth Session of the Commission for Social Development statt.

Im Rahmen der Präsentation der ministeriellen Gutachten der UN Mitgliedsländer wird das Baltic Sea Forum bei einem Side Event am 20. Juli 2016 im UN Hauptquartier in New York von Prof Kurt Bodewig vertreten. Auf Einladung des Direktors Paul Maseli von der Organisation der Vereinten Nationen für Industrielle Entwicklung New York, wird Kurt Bodewig zum Thema Entwicklung der Infrastruktur in den ärmsten Entwicklungsländern im Rahmen des nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziels 9, Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur, referieren. Dabei wird die Erfahrung des Baltic Sea Forums als Modell einfließen.

Der Austausch wird bei einem Arbeitstreffen des BSF vertieft. Daran werden u.a. teilnehmen:
Juwang ZHU, Direktor, Division for Sustainable Development,,
Daniela Bas, Direktor, Division for Social Policy and Development,,
sowie der Parlamentarischen Staatssekretärin Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter.



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