The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office together with the CPMR - Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission on 13 - 14 June 2017 in Berlin. About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and business will discuss a broad range of issues relevant for the Baltic Sea Region.
The theme of the 8th Annual Forum is connectivity. This motto highlights the necessity to intensify contacts throughout the Baltic Sea Region including its neighboring regions and to develop a better awareness of each other’s perspectives. Cooperation in form of mutually beneficial projects may have beneficial spill-over effects and contribute to confidence-building in politically difficult times. Furthermore, connectivity relates to efficient and comprehensive collaboration among all levels of government. Be it in communication, cultural exchange, energy, research activities or transport - connectivity is crucial for modern, network based and outward looking business.
During the forum ARS BALTICA and the Policy Area Culture together with CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit will host a seminar on June 14th from 10.45 to 12.15 at the German Federal Office. The title: Culture as a driving force for sustainability
The aim of the seminar is to address the direct nexus between culture and the achievement of the global sustainability & climate goals 2030 within the Baltic Sea Region. The proposed seminar will focus on two ways in which culture fosters sustainable development: as a driver and as an enabler. During the session, the participants discuss how the cultural and creative sectors can contribute to achieving the global sustainability & climate goals 2030 and where there is potential to link up activities and support each other in achieving these goals.
Since 2010 a yearly forum has been organised to support the EUSBSR. The purpose of the forum is to communicate the work of the Strategy and its objectives, to stimulate policy discussion, promote results, and to provide stakeholders of the EUSBSR with a networking occasion.
The annual forum takes place in one of the eight EU member states in the Baltic Sea Region and aims to attract key stakeholders and active partners of the EUSBSR from local, regional, national and EU level.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)