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Baltic Institute of Finland
The Baltic Institute of Finland is an independent nationwide network organization founded in 1994. The fundamental purpose of the Institute is to contribute to the development of the Baltic Sea cooperation.
The Institute's activities materialize in concrete commercial, administrative, educational and cultural development projects. Additionally, the Institute organizes seminars and workshops dealing with topical issues concerning the Baltic Sea Region. The Institute also collects and distributes information about current trends and themes within the area. The Institute is an essential part of the cooperation network which has emerged in the Baltic Sea Region during the past decade. All our activities include significant partners from various countries around the Baltic Sea.

Baltic Ports Organization
Included in BPO, Baltic Ports Organization are fifty or more of the most significant ports in the nine countries on all sides of the Baltic Sea. The organization was established October 10, 1991 in Copenhagen, after the fall of the Berlin wall and the demise of the Soviet Union, to facilitate co-operation between the ports and to take care of the possibilities for shipping in the Baltic Sea region.
Throughput of 51 member ports:
· 400 million tons
of cargo
· 3,3 million containers
· 60 million passengers
· 200 000 port calls
The main objective for BPO is to improve the competitiveness of maritime transport in the Baltic region by increasing the efficiency of ports, marketing the Baltic region as the strategic logistics centre, improving the infrastructure within the ports and the connection to other modes. The vision is to promote the Blue Maritime Highway in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Region is one of the most important and fastest growing markets in the world. The Baltic is dependent on extensively new developed intermodal logistic solution with the member ports in main focus.

Baltic Sea Chamber of Commerce Association
The Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association (BCCA) serves to unite the Chambers of Commerce of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The BCCA was established in June 1992 in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany, in order to give the business community of the region a united voice for common concerns.
The BCCA represents more than 450,000 companies belonging to all sectors of the Northern and North-Eastern European markets.
The threefold task of the BCCA is to protect and uphold the interests of private entrepreneurship by advising policy-makers in business related affairs, offering services to the business community and providing facilities for contacts, debates and meetings in the region.

Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC)
The Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) is a political network for decentralised authorities (subregions) in the Baltic Sea Region.
The BSSSC was founded in Stavanger, Norway, 1993. Its members are regional authorities (level directly below the national level authorities) of the 10 Baltic Sea littoral states.
The BSSSC is a political network whose main organisational bodies are: The Chairperson (who is elected by the Board on a rotational basis for a two-year period), the Board consisting of two representatives of each of the BSR countries, the secretariat which follows the Chairperson and ad hoc Work Groups (currently those are: Agenda 21, Transport and Infrastructure, Northern Dimension, Youth Policy and Cohesion Policy). BSSSC also has a reporter on Maritime Issues. The main BSSSC event is the annual conference held each year last week in October.
The BSSSC co-operates closely with other key Baltic Sea Region and European organisations and institutions.
The BSSSC has obtained an observer status in the Committe of the Regions.

Baltic Transport Journal
Baltic Transport Journal is a bimonthly magazine covering transport and tourism in the Baltic Sea Area. The BTJ is available via subscription only in all countries surrounding Baltic Sea and in Norway, U.K., Belgium, Netherlands and U.S.A.
The Baltic Transport Journal is aimed to help one get better oriented in transport activities that take place around the Baltic Sea - both on land, on sea and in the air. It is also meant to be a source of knowledge, reflection and aid in making everyday decisions.
The BTJ main task is to be an exchange platform of useful and inspiring business advices, contacts, opinions and ideas - so indispensable for every decision maker.. It's business magazine - bank of analysis, synthesis and ready to use recipes - friendly and useful to solve the problems and make decisions.

Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG Vilnius

BEIDS Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System
The "Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System (BEIDS)" was launched in 1998 as a project aimed at acting as a focal point for the circulation of intelligent information on energy, transport and sustainable development issues. It currently involves Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland (EU) and Russia (non-EU). Via its wide network and information dissemination infra-structure, BEIDS contributes to networking and know-how exchange on environmental issues in the region, complementing efforts towards transregional cooperation in sustainable spatial planning on the basis of Baltic 21.

BSVC - Baltic Sea Virtual Campus
Starting in 2002 as a Interreg IIIB project, the Baltic Sea Virtual Campus aims to construct lasting e-learning structures in the Baltic Sea Area, so that in the future the Baltic Sea countries have equal access to academic education on-line. Thereby the project contributes to equal regional development in the course of the growing importance of lifelong learning. The project integrates 20 partners from all countries of the BSR. Leading academic institutions are Lund University, Region Skane, Kristianstad University, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck University of Applied Sciences (Lead partner), Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Tietgen Business College, University of Vaasa, Riga Technical University, Vilnius University, Gdansk University, West Pomeranian Business School and Kaliningrad State University. The "Baltic Sea Virtual Campus offers the technical platform for the on-line master-program "Transregional management".

Council of the Baltic Sea States
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was established at a conference of the foreign ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and a member of the European Commission in Copenhagen in March 1992. Iceland joined the CBSS in 1995.
The CBSS serves as an overall regional forum for intergovernmental cooperation, focusing on the need for intensified coordination of activities in virtually every field of government, (with the notable exception of military defence, which is explicitly excluded as a potential area of cooperation in the Council's Terms of Reference), among the Baltic Sea States. CBSS Ministerial meetings have been held in the following fields: agriculture; children's affairs; culture, economic affairs, education, energy, finance, health, information technology, interior, justice, labour, social affairs, spatial planning, trade and industry, transport, youth affairs.
The Council, as supreme panel, consists of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of each member state and a member of the European Commission. Chairmanship of the Council rotates among the Member States on an annual basis. Recently the Chairmanship will change from Poland (2004/2005) to Iceland (2005/2006). Beside the Council the memberstates work together in 19 different multilateral commissions on issues relating to the fields of cooperation.

Deutsch-Baltische Handelskammer in Estland, Lettland, Litauen
German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

East West Institute
EWI is an independent, not-for-profit, international institution working to address the most dangerous fault lines of the 21st Century and to help build fair, prosperous and peaceful civil societies in those areas. Since 1981, we operate long-term projects that create trust and understanding and seek to reduce tensions from Eurasia to the trans-Atlantic region using our unique network of private and public sector leaders in more than 40 nations. Our initial mission was devoted to reducing the hostilities of the Cold War.

F.A.Z-Institut für Management, Markt- und Medieninformationen GmbH

HELCOM - Helsinki Commission
The Helsinki Commission, or HELCOM, works to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution through intergovernmental co-operation between Denmark, Estonia, the European Community, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
HELCOM is the governing body of the "Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area" - more usually known as the Helsinki Convention. The Helsinki Commission meets annually. Ministerial level meetings are also held occasionally. The Commission unanimously adopts Recommendations for the protection of the marine environment, which the governments of the Contracting Parties must act on in their respective national programmes and legislation. The chairmanship of the Helsinki Commission rotates between the Contracting Parties every two years, according to their alphabetical order in English.
The working structure of HELCOM, supported by the Secretariat, consists of the meetings of the Helsinki Commission, the Heads of Delegation, and five main groups.

The Helsinki Commission is responsible for monitoring and implementing:
·The 1988 Ministerial Declaration, in particular concerning reaching the target of 50% reductions in nutrient inputs.
·The Baltic Sea Joint Comprehensive Environmental Action Programme (JCP) established in 1992 to facilitate and monitor the elimination of the 132 most polluting sources within the Baltic Sea catchment area - known as "hot spots".

InWEnt Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbh

ISNM International School of New Media gGmbH / Universität Lübeck

Schleswig-Holsteinische Institut für Friedenswissenschaften (SCHIFF) / The Schleswig-Holstein Institute for Peace Research (SHIP)
The Schleswig-Holstein Institute for Peace Research (SHIP) is an independent academic institution, attached to the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. The institute was established by decree of the Minister for Science, Research and Cultural Affairs of the State of Schleswig-Holstein in autumn 1995. SHIP succeeded the Peace Research Unit Kiel (PRUK) which had existed since 1990.
In accordance with its statutes SHIP carries out basic and application-oriented academic work in topics relevant to the maintenance of peace. Its goal is that of improving the state of knowledge on the conditions leading to integration, non-violence, and justice in the international system as well as in individual societies.
To this end SHIP endeavours:
· to bring together a variety of different academic disciplines in a problem orientated manner,
· to seek to co-operate in its work with other academic institutions as well as with potential users of the results of its research, and
· to combine its research and development work with lecturing in tertiary institutions as well as communicating the results of its work to those from the general public who may be interested.

In Focus: The Baltic Sea Region
Special attention in SHIP's academic work is directed towards the Baltic Sea region, or more precisely expressed, towards "the Baltic Sea region in the New Europe". Its past and present politico-geographical structure makes it particularly suitable for the study of such developments and the determinants thereof, which are relevant and characteristic also for European development as a whole.

The Baltic Assembly (BA) The Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM)
The Baltic Assembly (BA) is an international organisation for cooperation between the parliaments of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Lithuania. Since 1990 committees of the Baltic Assembly take care of the preparation and consideration of issues which are of interest to the Baltic Assembly. The parliament of each of the Baltic states appoints 20 parliamentarians to the Baltic Assembly.
Since 1994 the parliamentary cooperation is supported by the Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM). The supreme decision-making body of the Baltic Council of Ministers is composed of the Heads of Government of the Baltic states. The institution is responsible for cooperation between these governments and the Baltic Assembly and for overall coordination of matters pertaining to Baltic cooperation.

TÜV Nord
About the TÜV NORD Group
With over 8,500 employees, including more than 6,700 with a technical or scientific background, the TÜV NORD Group is one of the largest technical service providers in Germany. It also operates in over 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The Group owes its leading market position to its technical competence and a broad range of advisory, service, and testing services in the Mobility, Industrial Services, International, Natural Resources and Training and Human Resources fields. TÜV NORD Group is firmly committed to its guiding principle and watchword: "Making our world safer".

Union of the Baltic Cities
The Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) was founded in Gdañsk, Poland in September 1991 with the aim of developing cooperation and exchange between its member cities. The main goal of the UBC is to actively contribute to the democratic, social, economic and environmentally friendly development of the Baltic Sea area for the benefit of the citizens living in the region. UBC also watch over the interests of its member cities towards the national governments and international bodies.

The UBC is open to all cities of the Baltic Sea Region. Since its foundation the number of member cities has grown from 32 to over 100 cities from all 10 Baltic Sea countries. The UBC has numerous activities. It coordinates projects and promotes exchange of know-how and experiences between the cities by organising seminars and courses and publishing newsletters. The Union's ten working Commissions, are the Commission on Business Cooperation, Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Social Affairs, Information Society, Sport, Tourism, Transportation and Urban Planning. The Commissions oversee UBC activities and projects in each of the respective areas.

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