Presentation at the Economic Forum 2015


On 8th September, the inaugural day of the 25th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój, the Baltic Visions publication was officially presented during a discussion panel that took place in Sala Prezydencka at Stary Dom Zdrojowy. It saw all its authors gather at one table to talk about the most pressing issues related to the functioning of the countries forming the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The debate was chaired by Dr Kinga Redlowska from the Foundation Institute For Eastern Studies, who wrote the first chapter A Common Baltic Area: The Goals of the 2015 Polish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States together with Kazimierz Popławski from Baltic Insight. A keynote speech on the importance of the region was given by Wojciech Wróblewski, Managing Director of Corporate Communication at PZU Group in Poland. Each of the publication’s contributors had a chance to highlight the trends and challenges from their respective areas of expertise. This included spheres such as security, energy policy, border regulation, trade, economic policy, cross-border cooperation and technology innovations. After a series of short presentations, the floor was opened to the questions and commentaries from the public. One of the most interesting observations came from Andrius Kubilius, the former prime minister and deputy from Lithuania, who pointed out that under the current conditions the political and scientific elites of the Baltic Sea States are no longer well-connected, so more should be done to allow direct communication between them. Jaroslav Neverovic, also a prominent politician from Lithuania, asked about the perspective of Sweden joining NATO in the near future.

In addition to the aforementioned moderators, the following Baltic Vision contributors were present: Kristi Raik, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Finland; Greta Tučkutė, Center for Geopolitical Studies, Lithuania; Nerijus Maliukevičius, Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, Lithuania; Piret Pernik and Patrik Maldre, International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), Estonia; Mark-Oliver Teuber, Economic Trends Research (ETR), Germany and Jan Wedemeier, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), Germany; Oleg Matukevich, Foundation of Knowledge and Technology for SMEs ‘Victoria’ / Information Centre for Business Support – INOK, Russia; Mats Hellström, Former Minister for Foreign Trade, Former Minister for Agriculture, Sweden; Marcin Fronia, Executive Director and Board Member, Norden Centrum, Poland; Kurt Bodewig, Former Federal Minister of Transport; Baltic Sea Forum, Germany.


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THE FRAMEWORK OF A COMPETITION “COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC DIPLOMACY 2015”.