SUBMARINER at the CBSS Conference in Jurmala
Representatives from different ports in the Baltic Sea region came together at the conference “Development of sustainable maritime economy: opportunities and challenges for small and medium ports in the Baltic Sea Region” in Jurmala on 3-4 April. They shared their experiences of port development using modern technology and adapting to the rapid pace of global development. Good practices on solving environmental issues and maritime safety were shared – topics relevant to any one of the Baltic ports.
The opening session of the conference was dedicated to the cooperation opportunities in the context of already existing cooperation formats, such as the EU’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. This discussion was arranged right on time in view of the undergoing update of the EUSBSR.
Various outstanding experts took part in the opening panel: Reka Rozsavolgyi, Policy Officer at theEuropean Commission DG MARE, Helena Tuuri, National Coordinator of the EUSBSR in Finland, Åsa Bjering, Executive Secretary of the Baltic Sea Commission of CPMR, Mattias Rust, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Government of Sweden (previous chair of the CBSS EGSME), Elīna Veidemane, Deputy Head of VASAB Secretariat, and Efthalia Arvanitifrom SUBMARINER Network.
The Commission provided an update on the upcoming revision of the EUSBSR, that was in fact the first macro-regional sea action plan ever developed by the Commission.
SUBMARINER was invited to contribute to the revision of the strategy, given the fact that SUBMARINER is a flagship project of the EUSBSR under PA Innovation.
SUBMARINER stressed the need for effective long-term as well as strategic support of flagships, since flagships are leading development activities, capitalise on achievements, and create roadmaps and long-term implementation strategies that go beyond the project timelines. SUBMARINER Network also recommended to introduce a new Horizontal Action (HA) on Blue Growth for effective management: such a cross-disciplinary, multi-actor and complex field of development.