UBC XV General Conference elected a new Presidium and Executive Board

The XV UBC General Conference, held in Kaunas on 15–18 October, has elected a new Presidium and Executive Board. The new UBC President is Mantas Jurgutis, Deputy Mayor of Kaunas. The Vice-Presidents are Elina Rantanen (1st Vice-President), Chairperson of Turku City Council, Piotr Grzelak, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk, Vyacheslav Kalganov from the city of St. Petersburg and Jorgen Kristiansen from the city of Kristiansand.

Per Bødker Andersen has served as UBC President for 18 years during 2001–2019. "It has been a fantastic period with quite a lot of development. This has been extraordinary for me and a chance of a lifetime. I wish Mantas Jurgutis all the best in his presidency now." Watch the full interview

"In UBC’s future I see and inclusive and value-based UBC by the content and the results, and also some developments inside the Union. I am looking forward to putting shoulder to shoulder to deliver the results the Member Cities want.", states newly-elected UBC President Mantas Jurgutis. Watch the full interview

The UBC General Assembly also elected the Executive Board for the next two-year period. The Board cities are Kolding (Denmark), Elva (Estonia), Kemi (Finland), Rostock (Germany), Liepaja (Latvia), Panevezys (Lithuania), Gdynia (Poland), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Umeå (Sweden).

Building an inclusive and resident-focused city – The Baltic way

The XV UBC General Conference “Building an inclusive and resident-focused city. The Baltic way” hosted over 250 participants from all Baltic Sea Countries. The Conference focused on the questions of inclusion: how to empower the citizens’ involvement and participation, and how to get the youth on board and make them feel responsible for their future. For details, see the presentations of the plenaries and the workshops.

The UBC Youth Conference was held parallel to the General Conference, with around 70 participants from the Baltic Sea Region who participated actively in the different conference sessions.


The team that made the XV General Conference happen - thank you Kaunas!

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