A well-functioning skill supply is essential for the competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region. Skill shortages are already a reality in several member states and the demographic trend is pointing towards an ever-increasing problem. The Baltic Leadership Programme Labour Mobility aims at creating a meeting place for relevant actors to discuss opportunities and challenges related to mobile labour market in the Baltic Sea Region. Today the first module of the programme started in Gdansk.
The programme is a joint effort by the Swedish Institute, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Norden Association, Policy Area Education and Horizontal Action ’Capacity’. The Baltic Leadership programme is divided in two modules, each covering three days. The second module will take place in Malmö in January 2017.
Some of the highlights from the first day were group discussions focused on building a contextual map of the topic, and an inspiring presentation by Franz Thönnes (MP, former Parliamentary State Secretary, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag) on "Visions for the Baltic Sea", accompanied by remarks from Anders Bergström, strategist, Norden Association.
An intense day came to a close with a tour of the European Solidarity Centre and a theatre workshop at the Centre.