The Hamburg Chairmanship continued working on the sound basis which previous chairs created by their work. To ensure continuity, a Troika was established with the former chair Norway, which provided support in the initial phase, and the region of West Pomerania, Poland.
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Hamburg is the metropolis of northern Germany and the gateway to both northern and eastern Europe. The city state of Hamburg is one of the Federal Republic of Germany’s 16 federal states.
With its 1.757 million inhabitants, it is also the second largest German city.
During the Hamburg Chairmanship BSSSC continued to act as a political network organisation open to all regions in the Baltic Sea area bringing added value to regional co-operation on every side of the Baltic Sea. BSSSC was a co-operation partner to other organisations in the Baltic Sea Region at the national, regional and local level and continued to advocate the views of sub-regions to national authorities and EU institutions. Furthermore, in its work BSSSC reflected topical developments and challenges.
The policy areas for the Hamburg Chairmanship were:
Science and Education
Co-operation in the Baltic Sea Strategy of the EU
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Better use of EU Programmes for projects in the Baltic Sea Region
Public Health and Quality of Life
Co-operation with Russia
Transport and Infrastructure
BSSSC Chairman 2009-2010
Mr Carsten-Ludwig Lüdemann
Commissioner for Federal, European and
Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, Finland