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Newsletter 1/2017, March 2017


Horizontal Action Neighbours

Horizontal Action "Neighbours" is one of the four Horizontal Actions in EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). It was included to the EUSBSR Action Plan in February 2013.

The main purpose of Horizontal Action (HA) “Neighbours” is to bring stakeholders in the EU member states and neighbouring countries, especially the North Western territories of the Russian Federation as well as Norway, Belarus and Iceland together in a constructive, mutually advantageous manner. Close cooperation at national, regional and local level is vital to jointly tackle many of the challenges in Baltic Sea Region, and to fully utilize its development potential.

HA Neighbours helps interested stakeholders and project partners find each other across the borders. It facilitates discussion and exchanges of experience, as well as concrete projects in the Baltic Sea Region.

News and Announcements

Former Finnish Prime Minister Mr. Paavo Lipponen to hold the keynote speech at the HA Neighbours seminar on EU-Russia cooperation

Posted by Member 188d017, Thursday, 20th October 2016 @ 12:18pm

  • The HA Neighbours organizes a seminar "Perspectives for EU-Russia Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region" on Wednesday 9th 2016. The seminar will be held during the 7th annual EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm.

    The seminar's keynote speaker is the former Finnish Prime Minister, Mr. Paavo Lipponen. 

    The seminar is devoted to discussions on potential and perspective areas for cooperation of the currently renewed North Western Russian Strategy 2020 and the EUSBSR, as well as the overall persperctives of EU-Russia cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. 


    Time: Wednesday 9 November 2016, at 10.40-12.00
    Venue: The Brewery Conference Centre,

    Moderators: Mikko Lohikoski, Senior Advisor, City of Turku and Daria Akhutina, Senior Advisor, CBSS Secretariat


    Greeting speech on behalf of CBSS Icelandic Presidency: Ambassador, Chairman of the CSO CBSS Gudmundir Arni Stefansson.

    Political introduction to the theme and an overview to future perspectives:

        Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland

    Introduction to the Strategy for socio-economic development of Russian Northwest Federal district 2020:
        Irina Karelina,
    General, ICSER, Leontief Centre
        Slava Khodko, Chairman of the Board, Northwest Development and Investment     Promotion Agency

    Panel discussion on the vision for BSR development in the light of the Baltic Sea region strategies:

        Erja Tikka, Ambassador, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
        Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director, Dept. of European Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
        Kurt Bratteby, Swedish Institute, Deputy Director General. Director, Department for International Affairs
        Reiner Kneifel-Haverkamp, Head of Unit, EU-Economic and Financial Policies, Brandenburg Ministry of Justice, for European Affairs and Consumer Protection
         Michael Ralph, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy, Adviser to the Deputy Director General for Implementation

    Please note that the seminar is accessible to registered participants of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum.

    Upload the programme in pdf format here

    Read more about the EUSBSR Strategy Forum

New HA Neighbours brochure now available!

  • Wednesday, 17th August 2016 at TBD

    The EUSBSR HA Neighbours brochure has been updated! There is also a Russian version now…

Cooperation across borders in environmental education and awareness raising – towards a clean and shared Baltic Sea

  • Tuesday, 22nd March 2016 at 2:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: XVII International Environmental Forum, Baltic Sea Day (Saint Petersburg 22-23 March 2016)

    Warmly welcome to share experiences on Baltic Sea environmental education and awareness…

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