Baltic Sea Region in 2030 – Perspectives of EU-Russia cooperation?


Baltic Sea Region in 2030 – Perspectives of EU-Russia cooperation?

On Wednesday 9th November (10:40–12.00), the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm offers a unique opportunity to come and hear top-level political discussion on EU-Russia cooperation and what is being done in the Baltic Sea Region to maintain these relations.

Even in times of political tension, it is important to keep up the dialogue and collaboration on macro regional, regional and local levels. To achieve the jointly agreed goals of the EUSBSR there is a need to work closely together with the neighbouring countries.
The keynote speaker of the event is Mr. Paavo Lipponen, Former Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament (of Finland), who will introduce the theme. Mr. Lipponen has years of high-level political experience and substantial knowledge of the EU-Russia relations. He is also the “founding father” of Northern Dimension.

“In these times of tensions between Russia and the West, we need to maintain pragmatic cooperation, on a win-win basis, in matters where common interests transcend conflict”, argues Lipponen. In his opinion, the EU needs a Northern policy to coordinate activities in all northern institutions.
Lipponen is especially concerned about the damage caused to the environmental cooperation:

“Northern Dimension cooperation must not fall victim to tensions caused by the situation in and around Ukraine”, he warns in an interview with Nordic Investment Bank last year.
The welcoming speech will be held by Ambassdor Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials, on behalf of the CBSS Icelandic presidency. The event will continue with an introduction to the Northwest Russian 2020 Strategy after which there is a high-level panel discussion.
More information about the workshop is available on the Strategy Forum website. Programme is attached.