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19.11.2014
Greetings from the Chairman
Greetings from the Chairman

Year 2014 is coming to end and it is always good time to look back, what has happened in the year, but also keep your eyes in future!

Current important issue in our region, and in Baltic Sea countries are Ten-T networks and the corridors, Mediterranean-Scandinavian Corridor and the North-Sea-Baltic Corridor, which both have a huge impact on our regional development. To make it successful, we also need support from the BSSSC, national commitment and wide international cooperation.

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18.11.2014
Time for New Beginnings and Innovation
Time for New Beginnings and Innovation

The 22nd Annual Conference of BSSSC was held in Jūrmala, Latvia, in 16 October. The special theme in the 22nd Conference was “Time for New Beginnings and Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region”.  Jūrmala is a famous for its spas and the longest beach of Baltic Sea. We had excellent conditions for the most important sub-regional event of the Baltic Sea Region. Latvia will also have a chairmanship in the European Union for the first six months next year. This Conference was organized in cooperation with Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, City of Jūrmala and Council of the Baltic Sea States. Speakers included representatives of the hosting organizations and for example Republic of Latvia, European Union, Committee of the Regions, VASAB, Baltic Sea Region Programme, CPMR. The Conference was moderated by Mr. Juris Šteinbergs.

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18.11.2014
News from the Youth
News from the Youth
A day before the Annual Conference in 2015 in Jurmala, a small group of the youth team gathered to an informal meeting to discuss the future of the BSSSC youth team. We were supposed to elect another youth member to the BSSSC board, but since it wouldn't have been democratic because of the meetings informality I proposed that we moved the elections to the internet. The voting was supposed to happen on an online poll and the youth received the election information in time. However, unfortunately no candidates were nominated until the deadline, therefore the Secretariat made a decision to add this issue to the Board meeting agenda. The Board will have its next meeting in Brussels 9th of December and make a decision, how to continue.
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18.11.2014
End of project NOSTRA - the European Straits Initiative takes over
End of project NOSTRA - the European Straits Initiative takes over

“The main objective of Europe is to create link, junction between persons composing it.”

In one key sentence, Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, came back to the fundamental principles of the European cooperation, to the essential values that gather partners of several countries to work on a project, a common theme, such as for NOSTRA project.

On Wednesday 22nd October, NOSTRA (Network Of STRAits) was closed in Brussels. NOSTRA is a European cooperation project, carried out by Pas-de-Calais County Council (France, Dover Strait) and gathering 16 partners on 8 straits, from North to South, including Danube delta.

Why such a project? For preservation of biodiversity and natural heritage of the European straits and inland territories, Straits, often unknown, are maritime passage areas between two lands.  They are crossroads between two shores that share common issues (governance, natural heritage preservation, mobility, maritime security...).

To answer these issues, Pas-de-Calais County Council and Kent County Council, that share Dover Strait, created the European Straits Initiative (ESI) in 2010.

15 local authorities bordering 8 European straits defined a twofold objective: acting towards the recognition of the specificities of straits areas by the European bodies and encouraging the development of cooperation projects.

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30.06.2014
Greetings from the Chairman
Greetings from the Chairman

After an interesting and busy spring, including events like European Parliamentary elections and Turku Baltic Sea Days, it is time for summer and holidays, for friends and family.

As usual, the European Parliamentary elections were interesting and I am sure, that there were some surprises also. Let's work together in order to keep our newly elected members interested in regional issues and development, as well as in Baltic Sea questions.

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