The main theme of the 9th Annual Forum, organised in Tallinn on 4-5 June 2018, was the Baltic Sea Region After 2020. The Forum discussed how to improve the implementation of the EUSBSR in the framework of the future EU Cohesion Policy. It also discussed the current state of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea as well as how to advance the Region as a global digital hub.
Almost 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses came together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region. EU’s Cohesion Policy post-2020 and what it means to the EUSBSR was the main theme of the opening plenary and panel discussion of the 9th Annual Forum.
UMBRELLA project was represented by the number of partners including the Euroregion Baltic, Pomorskie in the EU Association, Regional Council in Kalmar County, BISER from Poland and our associated partner – Norden Association from Sweden. We took part in the Participation Day on 4th June, where we had a chance to present our project, invite number of stakeholders to our upcoming events in Gdańsk and in Kalmar (Sep 2018), but also discuss the role of NGOs, smaller municipalities and local actors in the framework of Policy Area Bio, Policy Area Energy and Policy Area Education.