11th EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) 11th Annual Forum “Our Region, Our Future – Towards a Decade of Innovation and Sustainability” will be organised in Turku, Finland for the second time on 19–20 October 2020.
The themes of this year’s Forum are sustainability and innovations. Around 800 policymakers and political and economic experts are expected to attend the Forum held in Logomo, Finland's most prominent event and creative business centre. Further information available on the website of the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020. The conference schedule is available.
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission will actively participate in the Annual Forum. Moreover, back to back with the Forum, our Commission is planning a strategic session focusing on the new UBC Sustainability Action Programme 2021 – 2030.
The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first Macro-regional Strategy in Europe. The Strategy was approved by the European Council in 2009 following a communication from the European Commission. More information about the EUSBSR on the website of the Strategy.
“The Baltic Sea is vitally important to Finnish people and the Strategy has been an excellent tool to enhance regional cooperation in all fields. The Strategy is divided into three objectives representing the three key challenges of the Strategy: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Each objective relates to a wide range of policies and has an impact on the other objectives,”
— Ambassador for Baltic Sea Affairs Helena Tuuri
The main organisers of the 11th EUSBSR Annual Forum are the City of Turku and the Council of the Baltic Sea States, in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
“Turku has a long history in working to advance cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, especially in the fields of environmental protection and sustainability. We are honoured to host the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Turku for the second time. For us this is a show of trust and appreciation for the persevering work done by Turku,”
— Mayor of Turku Minna Arve