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26th BSSSC Annual Conference

10-12 September 2018, Gdansk, Pomorskie Voivodeship, Poland

The 26th BSSSC Annual Conference "Solidarity, participation and smart action for a better future" took place from 10th to 12th September 2018 in Gdansk, Poland.

The conference focused on Solidarity, Participation and Innovation. 

Solidarity – in all its aspects: as an EU value that we have forgotten about to a great extent, and the result of implementing this value on the EU level is, for instance, cohesion policy.


Solidarity – as a broader understood human value for instance, the issue of immigrants.


Solidarity – as a generation issue – understanding how the state and state budget operate – that it has to be a solidarity issue to a great extent, where the young and elderly people are mutually responsible for healthy solutions and where the youth and healthy work to pay the elderly.


Solidarity - as a historical phenomenon – Poland’s social movement Solidarity, where it has brought us, what it has meant for Europe and the Baltic Sea Region.

Participation - the global situation has changed so much that we have to redefine democratic models. There is a an urgent need to discuss democracy, especially with the youth, to involve them in a better way. 

There is also a stronger need for us to work on participation issues because the current times (with aspects such as the internet media, social media, etc) demand a broader participation of citizens. 

Innovation-  Being smart in all the social and economic spheres – a social innovation approach. 

Being innovate and smart using new tools such as culturability, which is about solving social problems with bigger participation of citizens and using art and culture.

The Annual Conference gathered around 200 participants from political and administrative level (local, regional, national and EU level) as well as representatives from academia, organizations, NGOs and the private sector from the 11 countries taking part in the Baltic Sea co-operation. The conference covered traditional BSSSC policy areas such as transport, culture, and youth from innovative perspectives. Traditionally, speakers included representatives of the European Commission, Committee of the Regions, CBSS, CPMR, ERB and many more.

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