This year we will offer you a Speakers’ Corner with vibrant discussions on current political questions. The aim is to link discussions in the news flow in our Baltic Sea Region to what is addressed in the EUSBSR.

Ms Anna Knutsson, Communications Strategist at Swedish Institute will engage

participants of the Forum to the timely discussions in burning issues and mini debates. 

 

EUROPE – HOW TO MEET FUTURE CHALLENGES?

After the financial crisis, growing nationalism, Brexit and the rise of populism, the European Union faces many challenges. What are the greatest obstacles and opportunities, and what solutions can macro-regional strategies provide?

Monday, 4 June, 12:30-13:00

Panellists:

  • Mr Kai Böhme – Spatial Foresight
  • Ms Erja Tikka – National Contact Point Finland to the EUSBSR

 

CIVIL SOCIETY IS SPEAKING – IS ANYONE LISTENING?

In the light of rising scepticism and distrust in political elites all over Europe, dialogue with civil society is more important than ever. Is the engagement and capacity in civil society enough utilized - or are European elites losing touch with their peoples and societies?

Monday, 4 June, 15:30-16:00

Panellists:

  • Ms Therese Mithander -  Baltic Sea NGO Network Forum
  • Mr Stefano Marta – OECD
  • Mr Jean-Pierre Halkin - Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy

 

ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS TO THE BALTIC SEA – ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK?

The Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened marine ecosystems on the planet. What is done to tackle the environmental issues of the Baltic Sea? Is it enough – and how does it affect everyday life and tourism in the region?

Tuesday, 5 June, 10:30-11:00

Panellists:

  • Ms Heidrun Fammler – Baltic Environment Forum Group
  • Ms Ottilia Thoreson – WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme  
  • Mr Jacob Carstensen – Aarhus University

 

CULTURAL DIVERSITY – WHAT DO WE FEAR?

Cultural diversity is a deeply emotional issue that polarizes many societies; some people consider it valuable while it triggers fear and hate in others. Why is this, and how do we foster integration and cultural diversity within the region?


Tuesday, 5 June, 12:30-13:00

 Panelists:

  • Ms Sabine Hahn -  Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training, EUSBSR PA Education
  • Ms Kai Klandorf - Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations

 

#METOO – SOMETHING FOR EUSBSR, TOO?

The global Me Too movement against sexual harassment and assault has drawn attention to wider issues of gender equality in society. While these are vital European values, they are almost absent in the EUSBSR and its Action Plan. How can the Baltic Sea region become more gender equal? And what are the main challenges? 

Tuesday, 5 June, 13:00-13:30

Panelists:

  • Ms  Britt-Marie Söderberg Torstensson - Winnet Sweden
  • Ms Ewa Ruminska-Zimny - Warsaw School of Economics
  • Mr Mikko Lohikoski - Union of the Baltic Cities, EUSBSR HA Capacity 

 The coordinator for the Speakers Corner from HA CAP is Mr Gabor SchneiderThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.