Conference Programme 

Programme (.pdf)

From 10:00
08:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
15:15 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:15
17:15 - 18:45
Free time
19:30 - 22:30
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:30
10:45 - 12:15
12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:45
15:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:30
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Registration open
Opening Session more / less

Clean, healthy, rich and safe Baltic Sea

Welcome words:

Mieczysław Struk, Marshal of Pomorskie Region

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Marcin Ociepa, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology of Poland

Martin Roger, Ambassador of Estonia to Poland (delivers speech of PM of Estonia Jüri Ratas)

Roger Ryberg, Chair of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation

Corina Creţu, Commissioner, Regional Policy – video message

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries – video message

Baltic Poster Contest – Award Ceremony

Presentation of the Report "No time to waste. Unlocking the circular potential of the Baltic Sea Region" – Adam Czerniak, Chief Economist, Director for Research at Polityka Insight

Networking Break (Lunch)
I Plenary Session more / less

Going circular – a pathway to well-being in the Baltic Sea Region

Keynote speech - Normunds Popens: Securing growth and prosperity for the Baltic Sea Region by means of circular economy

Strategic panel:

Kari Herlevi, Project Director Circular Economy, SITRA

Petr Hradil, Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Marcin Ociepa, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology of Poland

Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General, DG REGIO

Kamil Wyszkowski, Representative/President of the Board Global Compact Network Poland

Enabling questions (open list):

What could be the role of circular and sharing economy in addressing the key Baltic Sea Region's challenges?

How can public policy at all levels be re-shaped to best use circular economy to address these challenges and to improve Baltic Sea Region long-term global competitive position?

Can the EUSBSR support the transformation into the circular reality in the Baltic Sea Region?

Parallel seminars
Networking Break (Snacks)
II Plenary Session more / less

Business-driven approach to circular economy in the Baltic Sea Region

Keynote speech - Ralfs Nemiro: Circular business models as an important contribution to SDGs' implementation in the Baltic Sea Region    

Short message from the Authors of the Best Practice Forum Report - Tove Ahlström, CEO of Global Utmaning

Strategic panel:

Carolina Garcia Gomez, CEO IKEA Retail Poland

Ralfs Nemiro, Minister of Economics of Latvia 

Sari Rautio, Chair of City Board, City of Hämeenlinna and the Vice Chair of Region of Häme

Monika Romenska, Regulatory and Public Affairs Manager of EXPRA Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance

Gintaras Vilda, Vice-Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

Enabling questions (open list):

Has business reached a critical mass to transform Baltic Sea Region economy into eco-efficient one?

Is cooperation between public and private partners fully utilised to make Baltic Sea Region a circular one?

What are the ways to better use the EUSBSR as a platform for business-led investment in circular economy?

Gala Dinner will take place at the European Solidarity Centre
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Registration open
III Plenary Session more / less

Demography and circularity in the Baltic Sea Region: interdependent or disconnected?

Keynote speech - Kjell Nilsson: State of the Baltic Sea Region with regards to Demographic and Economic Development

Message from the Baltic Sea Youth Camp - Martin Rümmelein

Strategic panel:

Marju Lauristin, Professor at University of Tartu

Maira Mora, General Director, CBSS Secretariat

Kjell Nilsson, Director of Nordregio

Martin Rümmelein, BSSSC Youth Board Member

Enabling questions (open list):

What is a link between circular economy and labour market dynamics in the Baltic Sea Region?

Could circular economy be a part of an answer to depopulation, ageing or migrations in the Baltic Sea Region?

How to use the EUSBSR to strengthen pro-circular mind-set of young generation for better future?

Parallel seminars
Blue Economy Investment Opportunities for Baltic Sea solutions (previous title Blue Economy Investment Platform for Baltic Sea solutions)
Networking Break (Lunch)
Parallel seminars
Concluding panel  more / less

Looking into the future

Strategic panel:

Anders Bergström, Coordinator of Horizontal Action Capacity

Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, DG REGIO 

Baiba Liepa, INTERACT Point Turku 

Issues to be touched:

Reflections on the future of the EUSBSR after 10 years of implementation

EU budget for 2021-2027. What's in it for the Baltic Sea Region?

Closing remarks:

Ann Irene Saeternes, Secretary General, Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation

Mieczysław Struk, Marshal of Pomorskie Region


Issues to be touched:

Summing-up of the Forum. Key messages.



Networking Break (Snacks)
Networking Village
Networking Village
Networking Village
Networking Village
Networking Village
Networking Village

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