The Regional Council of Helsinki-Uusimaa held the BSSSC Presidency in 2013–2016. The Finnish Presidency carried on the work the previous Chairs have created and continued to promote cooperation between BSSSC and other Baltic Sea organizations and between the EU and neighbouring regions Norway, Russia and Belarus.
The region is one of the fastest growing areas in Europe. Its location on the Baltic Sea, its cultural climate and its green landscapes has made it a leading business area in Finland and a dynamic knowledge hub and innovation centre for new European business and politics.
Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, Finland
While the regional council of Helsinki-Uusimaa also holds the secretariat of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, the secretariats of the two organizations will be combined during the Presidency.
The EUSBSR, entrepreneurship and innovation will be cross cutting themes that will be addressed during the Presidency. Entrepreneurship and innovation is especially important when recovering from economic downturn and focus must be laid on how to improve economic growth, competitiveness, job creation and sustainable development in the regions.
During the Finnish BSSSC Chairmanship seven policy areas will be highlighted:
Energy and Climate Issues
The Northern and Arctic Dimension
Transport and Infrastructure
Culture and Regional identity
BSSSC Chairman 2013-2016
Mr Ossi Savolainen
Regional Mayor of Uusimaa Regional Council
The Westpomeranian Region, Poland