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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.

The Story of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region began in 2009

The story of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region began in 2009. So far it has been a story of many successes and opportunities: projects and processes that have implemented the Action Plan of the Strategy have brought real change to the Baltic Sea Region.

The story of the EUSBSR has not only been a bed of roses. Not all projects or processes have reached their goals. Many times complex structures and governance of the EUSBSR hinder good communications. The positive change brought about by a project, for example, will not be recognized if the results are not communicated clearly and effectively.

The dedicated communicator of the EUSBSR, Interact Office Turku, has changed its focus into coordination between all EU's macro-regional strategies and is no longer focusing solely on the EUSBSR. Due to this change decided by the member states, a solution to ensure the communications of the EUSBSR had to be created. A communications project Let's communicate! answers this demand and takes the responsibility to communicate the EUSBSR. The project has a strong partnership consisting of representatives from all Baltic Sea Region countries and pan-Baltic organisations.

Communication is in the heart of the EUSBSR! Ensuring continuity of the EUSBSR communication means established by Interact and working for more effective communication, Let's communicate! steps in to become the EUSBSR communication hub!

-- Baiba Liepa, Interact Office Turku

Let's communicate! project aims to maintain and further develop the communications of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The project can be considered as the communication point for the EUSBSR.

The EUSBSR website, Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr accounts are from now on administered by Let's communicate!. The project promotes the use of the EUSBSR visual identity, publishes news and provides with communication support and tools. For example, a wide Flickr photo bank for any visual communication needs is at the disposal of the EUSBSR stakeholders.

Let's communicate! will also work for developing further the communications of the EUSBSR framework. Great emphasis will be put on supporting the communications of the various internal stakeholders of the Strategy framework, particularly the Policy Areas and Horizontal Actions. In addition, the project will reach out in order to attract new stakeholders to take part in the action.

We count on the Let's communicate! project to be a powerful tool in raising awareness of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, communicating its purpose, success stories and added value. This is in line with our ambition to address a broader group of stakeholders and to attract new actors to the implementation of the Strategy for the benefit of the whole macro-region.

-- Peter Schenk, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Today Let's communicate! is relaunching the EUSBSR website by opening a new blog section, which is called Highlights. Highlights are in essence stories about the EUSBSR projects, processes and the actors behind them.

The relaunched website will continue to be the active and up-to-date platform for any EUSBSR actor or a potential stakeholder seeking information. With the Highlights and other new elements planned for the website it will become also a source of inspiration!

My expectation of the relaunched EUSBSR website is that it will provide with one common, interactive platform for all key stakeholders to use in their daily work. I would like it to be the natural point of reference for anyone having questions regarding the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, be it examples of results, basic documentation, contact details, information on funding sources or a discussion on the future orientation of the Strategy.

-- Erik Kiesow, Sweden's Prime Minister's Office, National Coordinator for EUSBSR

The whole project team is eager to get started with the project activities: Let's communicate!

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)
Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme (Priority 4)

UN Delegationsreise zum politischen Forum auf höchster Ebene

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.




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.


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:


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)


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