Speakers of the 11th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR 2020

Cooperating for Innovation and Sustainability – better together (even during a pandemic)!

Ms. Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate, Finland

Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister for Transport, The Republic of Latvia

Mr. Christos Economou, Acting Director, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Mr Economou is Acting Director with responsibility for Maritime Policy and Blue Economy and Head of Unit with responsibility for sea-basin strategies, maritime regional cooperation and maritime security at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

He joined the Commission in 2000 where he worked in various positions at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) dealing with maritime transport, land transport and lastly with innovation in railways, from the position of Interim Executive Director for the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. Prior to 2000, he worked for the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) in Brussels. He studied Business Administration in the University of Athens, and holds Master's degrees in European Economics and in Maritime and Aviation Law, both from the University of Brussels.

Ms. Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor, City of Gdansk, Poland

Ms. Tiina Tuurnala, C.E.O., Finnish Shipowners´ Association

Ms. Madeleine Granvik, Director, Baltic University Programme

Mr. Jonas Faergeman, Chair, #ReGeneration2030 Steering Committee

Working together, merging knowledge and skills! Emerging areas of joint, multidisciplinary actions.

Ms. Krystyna Wróblewska, General Secretary, Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation

Ms. Christiane Mißlbeck-Winberg, Director, EU and International Affairs, Confederation of Danish Employers

Ms. Ülla-Karin Nurm, Director, The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

Ms. Aline Mayr, Representative, Baltic Sea Youth Platform

Ms. Aline Mayr started to engage closer in the EUSBSR in 2018 during the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, where she drafted a first common Baltic Sea youth declaration. In 2019 she was part of the first Baltic Sea Youth Camp and attended the 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Gdańsk. She says it has been a great opportunity to meet with other like-minded and enthusiastic young people and then pitch the various project ideas of the young people in our region to the EUSBSR stakeholders. The youth of the region has achieved a lot during the past 2 years and she is glad that young people are well-represented in this years Annual Forum! 
She will continue to support young people’s voices through my work at the CBSS, where she is working on the Baltic Sea Youth Platform, which is striving to empower young people, fostering intergenerational dialogue and coordinating the various youth initiatives in our region.

Dr. Executive Secretary, Population Europe / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Berlin, Germany

Dr Andreas Edel is Executive Secretary of Population Europe since 2009, the network of Europe’s leading research centres in the field of policy-relevant population studies, situated in Berlin, Germany. 15 of the 36 partner institutes are located in the Baltic Sea states. The secretariat of Population Europe conducted the project “Ageing Workforce, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Development – Political Challenges within the Baltic Sea States” in the framework of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Shaping the prosperous, competitive and sustainable future of the Baltic Sea Region – what will guide us for the next 10 years?

Ms. Helena Tuuri, Ambassador for Baltic Sea Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland

Ms. Susanne Scherrer, Director of the Interreg Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat (tbc) 

Ms. Ann Irene Sæternes, Head of European Affairs, Eastern Norway County Network

Member of the Interreg BSR programme’s MC and JPC since 2000. Secretary General in the BSSSC 2017 – 2019 under the Norwegian Chairmanship (Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation). Member of the EUSBSR HA Neighbours coordination group. Partner in the Let’s Communicate project.

Mr. Rüdiger Strempel, Executive Secretary, HELCOM

Mr. Risto E. J. Penttilä, C.E.O., Nordic West Office (tbc)

Ms. Delara Burkhardt, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

Mr. Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation