The Baltic Sea Region has the potential of becoming one of the most comptetitive regions in Europe. This conference is about how to seize this potential. Those were the opening words of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the opening of the 14th Baltic Development Forum Summit and the European Commission’s 3rd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The Baltic Sea Area and Europe face a green transition of their economies. This ambition goes hand in hand with overcoming Europe’s current challenges. “This is crucial for the prosperiety of our region”, said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, emphazising the importance that the Danish Government, currently holding the EU presidency, attaches to the Baltic Sea Region.
Green growth also was a key theme in the speach of Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy in the European Commission. Mr. Hahn urged governments to proceed with planned infrastructue projects, making the Baltic Sea Corporation a showcase for other European regions.
Also Estonian president Andrus Ansip expressed hope that Baltic States can push boundaires further and the region can keep doing better than EU as a whole on key economic figures. “We depend on further corporation on cross border infrastructure projects, including digital markeds”, said Ansip.