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Solidarity, participation and smart action for a better future

26th BSSSC Annual Conference
September 10-12, 2018, Gdansk, Poland


Blue = Presentation / speech available

Day 0

10.09 Draft programme Day 0

The Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk



09.-10.09.2018: BSSSC Youth Conference, European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk

10.09.2018: BSSSC Board Meeting




13:00 BSSSC Board Meeting – Oak Room, at The Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk

18:00 National Meetings  at The Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk (Oak Room and Jazz Room)


​19:00 – 21:00 Get together reception –  Ołowianka Restaurant (Ołowianka 3A, Gdańsk)


Day 1

11.09 Draft programme Day 1

Conference venue: The Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Welcome - Green Hall (ground floor)

Moderator: Christin Skiera


Wiesław Byczkowski, Deputy Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship

Roger Ryberg, Chairman of BSSSC

Michał Czyż, Ambassador, Polish representative CSO CBSS

Juris Bone, CBSS – Latvian Chairmanship 2018/2019

Audrone Perkauskiene, European External Action Services (EEAS), Head of Division, Eastern Partnership, Regional cooperation and OSCE

Bodo Bahr Secretary General, The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference


10:30 – 11:00 coffee break – visiting project exhibition


11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Solidarity and participation - cities and regions as enablers

- Green Hall


Keynote I: Simone Baglioni, Professor of Politics, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, Principal investigator and coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 Project SIRIUS (


Panel debate:

Keynote II:: Markku Markkula, Vice-President, Committee of the Regions


Roger Ryberg, Chairman of BSSSC

Vytautas Grubliauskas, Vice-president of Euroregion Baltic

Marie Louise Rönnmark, Vice-president of UBC

12:30 – 14:00 networking lunch – foyer ( first floor)



14:00 – 16:00 Session 3: Parallel thematic workshops


W1.  The value of culture for getting young people inspired for Baltic Sea cooperation – Jazz Hall (ground floor)

BSSSC will together with its partners Euroregion Baltic (ERB), Union of Baltic Cities (UBC) and the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk (BSCC), with strong support from EUSBSR PA Culture, arrange a big youth event in June 2019 alongside the EUSBSR Annual Forum. The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 (BSRYC 2019) - An initiative for increasing youth participation in the Baltic Sea Region aims to bring together youth from the BSR to build cultural understanding and a feeling of togetherness in the BSR. The project has been awarded support from the CBSS project support facility. This workshop aims to give input and recommendations to the preparations of the BSR Youth Camp 2019.


Stefan Musiolik, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of Land Schleswig-Holstein / Coordinator EUSBSR PA Culture


Larry Okey Ugwu, Director Baltic Sea Cultural Centre Gdansk

​Martin Rümmelein, BSSSC Youth

Magdalena Fryze, European Solidarity Centre

Ingrid Galadriel Aune Nilsen, Project Manager Hands on History, Norway

Vaida Venckuté-Nagé, Youth program curator European Capital of Culture Kaunas 2022



W2.  Smart societies – blue growth regions – Pressroom (first floor)

Smart specialisation is still a relatively new concept. It is an essential tool for avoiding dissipation of the EU research funds and for focusing the research, innovation, human and financial resources on those innovative sectors which are high performing, strategic from a socio-economical perspective and – what is exceptionally essential - also eco-friendly. Around the Baltic Sea, many regions have identified 'Blue Growth' as a priority in their RIS3, as they recognise the blue economy as one of the sectors with the most significant potential.

This workshop aims to discuss the current achievements in building transnational cooperation partnerships and projects in the blue growth sector.


Christin Skiera



Karolina Lipińska, Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Development, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodship

Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło, SBR project “Pomorskie in the EU” Association

Karsten Aunst, South Norway European Office, Periscope project

Erik Bunis - Senior Project Manager at RISE & Process Manager – OffshoreVäst

Esa Kokkonen - Director, The Baltic Institute of Finland



W3. Smart societies – Circular Bioeconomy is the Key for Green and Sustainable Regions – Green Hall (ground floor)

In order to reach the full potential in circular bioeconomy, regions need to build functional ecosystem by unifying rural and urban regions. Bioeconomy development creates business opportunities both to urban and rural areas with circular management of material flows and energy and effective innovation ecosystems. In this workshop we get to hear examples and concrete experiments from development projects and innovation to business.



Mona-Anitta Riihimäki, Ph.D., Dean, School of Bioeconomy, HAMK University of Applied Sciences



Olli Lehtonen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland; Rural Urban Collaboration in Smart Specialization

Anna Aalto, Project Manager, JAMK University of Applied Sciences,  Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems,

Mika Laine, Chairman of the Board, Envor Group, From waste to business in Forssa, Finland

Mona-Anitta Riihimäki, Ph.D., Dean, School of Bioeconomy, HAMK University of Applied Sciences

W4. Together for a sustainable future- solidarity among generations – Oak Hall (ground floor)

Solidarity is one of main European principles together with equal opportunities, respect for individuals and tolerance. However, the last years developments (economy crisis, increasing immigration from outside Europe, political disturbances) have changed the living and working conditions of European citizens and challenged inter- and intra- European solidarity. To a certain extent, all regions are confronted with youth unemployment, school dropouts and a growing social isolation among the immigrant population. On the other hand, ageing of the society and the knowledge gap due to growing senior professionals urges policy makers to bind generations in the process of knowledge transfer. Baltic Sea region is in need of extra stimulus, strong empowering action and involving the youth.In this workshop we will to discuss how all these changes/challenges impact the European values and solidarity between generations.


Youth Team



Tim Van-Rie, the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European: ” Intergenerational fairness and solidarity in Europe".

Piotr Wołkowiński,  Lead Expert Boosting Social Innovation

Zuzanna Staszelis and  Roksana Skóra,  Coordinators of the project Senior ON- Polish Red Cross 

Artur Ryszkiewicz,  BSSSC youth representative of ReGenerate2030

Sylwia Bruna, Solidarity Everyday in the European Solidarity Centre – project presentation 

The Youth Team,  the BSSSC youth event presentation.


16:00 – 16:30 coffee break – visiting project exhibition



16:30 – 17:30 Session 4: Smart actions for a better future - Green Hall

Moderator: Christin Skiera


​ Moderated discussions with rapporteurs from the parallel thematic workshops

Report and messages from the BSSSC Youth event


Key note: Eduard Batanov, Deputy Governor of the Kaliningrad Oblast, Value added of cooperation cross borders in the BSR



19:00 Dinner with entertainment (walking distance)

Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre , Wojciecha Bogusławskiego 1, Gdańsk


Day 2



Moderator: Christin Skiera


09:00 - 10:30 Session 5: Projects predict future: Our region in 20 years - Green Hall


Moderator: Darijus Valiucko, atene KOM


Projects from the BSR, covering issues vital for the long-term development of the Baltic Sea Region (e.g. smart growth, energy, infrastructure, district heating, digitalisation, cultural heritage, mobility etc.), are invited to make predictions 20 years ahead, in their field of expertise, based on their results and outlooks. Join and learn how the Baltic Sea Region might look like in 2038 through the eyes of BSR project actors.


Project RDI2CluB: Anna Aalto, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Project BalticRIM: Susanne Altvater, s.Pro sustainable-projects, Germany

Project MAMBA: Jakob Marcks, REM Consult, Germany

Project LowTEMP: Britta Schmigotzki, atene KOM, Germany

Project Smart-up BSR: Taina Tukiainen, Aalto University, Finland

Project Smart Blue Regions: Joanna Przedrzymirska, Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland

Summing up: Ann Irene Sæternes, BSSSC Secretary General & Darijus Valiucko, atene KOM


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break – visiting project exhibition

11:00-12:00 Session 6: Communicating Baltic Sea Region cooperation as simple as possible – but not simpler - Green Hall


Moderator: Marcin Nowicki, Centre of Strategic Thought


Effective communications is targeted and simple. Regional and local actors are in key positions to communicate Baltic Sea region cooperation and the benefits it brings about to the civil society. Also in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) the importance of actors at different levels of governance is recognised. In this panel the involvement of regional and local actors in communicating Baltic Sea region cooperation will be discussed, emphasising their role in strategic communication process.


Intro to the workshop by Miitta Eronen, Centrum Balticum, Let’s Communicate


Keynote speech:  Marcin Nowicki, Centre of Strategic Thought


Panel discussion:

(focused on why the EUSBSR communication strategy shall be revised and how; how the regions can contribute to the revision of communication strategy of the EUSBSR; which best communication practices from the regions can be used in EUSBSR communication)


Raul Mälk, EUSBSR National Coordination Group member, Estonia   

Krista Taipale, Head of European Affairs in Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and head of Helsinki EU Office in Brussels, Finland

Darijus Valiucko, project manager in atene KOM and former information officer in the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme

Laura Melne, VASAB Secretariat, Latvia


12:00 – 12:30 Session 7: Closing session - Green Hall

Moderator: Christin Skiera

Presentation of conference resolution by BSSSC Secretary General, Ann Irene Sæternes

Presentation of the “BSSSC Youth Declaration” - Martin Rümmelein, BSSSC Youth

Closing speech by Wiesław Byczkowski, Deputy Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship

Welcome to the next annual conference 2019 in Klaipeda, Lithuania

BSSSC Chairman, Roger Ryberg


12:30 Lunch

14:00 End of conference. 

12.09 Draft programme Day 2

Conference venue: The Fryderyk Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk


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