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Nordic cooperation strengthens growth in the Baltic Sea region

The Nordic Council of Ministers focuses on bioenergy and new targets for the EU Baltic Sea strategy at the BDF Summit 2011. Nordic activities at this year's Baltic Development Forum follow up on the conference “Green Growth in the Baltic Sea Region” from May 2011.

23.10.2011

The Nordic Council of Ministers is deeply involved in the development of the Baltic Sea Region - here at BDF 2010 in Vilnius.

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Silje Bergum Kinsten/norden.org

Nordic cooperation is a crucial aspect of overall Baltic cooperation and the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) is lead partner in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

At this year’s Baltic Development Forum (BDF) Summit, the NCM will contribute to the discussion about setting more concrete targets for the EU Baltic Sea strategy and also hosts a special parallel session on bioenergy.

In May 2011, the NCM hosted the conference “Green Growth in the Baltic Sea Region” in Riga along with the Baltic Development Forum and the European Commission, and NCM activities at the BDF Summit this year follow up on this event and its focus on reducing the dependency on fossil fuels.

Also representatives of NCMs network in the Baltic Sea Region participates in the BDF Summit: Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg and Tallinn offices, as well as the Nordic research institution, NordForsk.
 
The Nordic Council of Ministers is a strategic partner of the Baltic Development Forum and also is strongly involved in a centerpiece at the Summit, namely the State of the Region report, taking the temperature on developments in the Baltic Sea region.

The NCM stand will serve as venue for a number of exciting debates related to the BDF Summit 2011 programme.

Activities include discussions by Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School, on the State of the Region report and by Graham Cope, European Investment Fund, on the Nordic Innovation Fund.

BDF Chair Uffe Ellemann og Gustav Melin, CEO of Swedish Bioenergy Association and President of European Biomass Association, discuss the future of bioenergy. And NCM Secretary General Haldór Ásgrímsson and Ambassador Raul Mälk, Estonia’s Special envoy for the Baltic Sea Region, discuss the future of Baltic Sea cooperation

Finally, Nordforsk Director Gunnel Gustafsson and Professor Sverker Holmgren, the NCM e-science initiative, discuss the developments within e-science and its potential for the Baltic Sea Region.

See more at http://www.bsr2011.eu/

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