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.
The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR takes place in Berlin on 13 - 14 June 2017.
The Forum gathers all the strategy's main stakeholders together to discuss current issues of the Baltic Sea Region. This year's main theme is connectivity which is present throughout the programme from neighbouring areas to transport, and from environment to digitalization. The organizers expect some 800 participants from all around the Baltic Sea Region to join the two-day event.
The HA Neighbours co-organizes two seminars during the Annual Forum. The first one, "Cooperating with Northwest Russia regions", takes place on Tuesday 13th at 15:15. The seminar is organized together with the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region programme and it focuses on presenting EUSBSR flagship projects which improve transport concepts and a cleaner and safer Baltic Sea.
The second seminar, "Cooperation with Belarus", takes place later on the same day, Tuesday 13th June at 17:00. It addresses the current state of cooperation activities between Baltic Sea Region and Belorussian actors. The seminar is organized in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
Many back-to-back events are organized during the Annual Forum week in Berlin. Baltic Development Forum Summit, Participation Day and Baltic Sea Labour Forum Round Table are only a few examples of the week's various meetings. HA Neighbours organizes also it's 4th coordination group meeting on Monday 12th June.
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, Riddarsalen 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,Director 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.