The 2012 conference agenda will focus on growth and competitiveness in the Baltic Sea Region, with the spotlight on infrastructure development and investment projects, not least public-private co-operation. To become smarter and greener, public-private partnerships are essential. By improving framework conditions, these partnerships’ can for instance help to focus and optimize sustainable infrastructure investment, which is key to kick-starting wider economic growth in the Region, benefiting the European economy at large.
The speakers at the Connecting Europe – Smart and Green Partnerships event will reflect the Baltic Sea Region’s long tradition for public-private cooperation, and anchor this tradition firmly within the Europe 2020 Strategy and the proposals for a Connecting Europe facility.
The State of the Region Report, sponsored by the European and Nordic Investment Banks, will also this year provide important input to the discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing the countries around the Baltic Sea. At the same time, the event is an opportunity to present the European Commission’s new Communication on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and accompanying Council Conclusions, which set out the new framework for cooperating in the region.
The outline is that there will be an early arrivals event hosted by Swedish Region Skåne during Sunday afternoon 17 June. The Summit and Annual Forum programme will start at 9 am Monday 18 June with an official dinner in the evening and a full day of conference on Tuesday 19 June.From around 60 high level speakers you will have the pleasure of listening to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister, Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Nicolai Wammen, Danish Minster of European Affairs, who is inviting his colleagues from around Europe and Russia including the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Moreover you will have a chance to be part of a discussion led by speakers from the European Parliament, Nordic Investment Bank, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Confederation of Danish Industries, Baltic Chamber of Commerce, Regional Metropolises and many other speakers from politics, business and academia.
Check the online Programme outline here.