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The academic conference Migration and Cultural Interaction in the Baltic Sea Region

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International cooperation in the Baltic Sea region is often described as exemplary due to its multifaceted character and variety. The historic roots of the phenomenon will be considered at the academic conference Migration and Cultural Interaction in the Baltic Sea Region to be held on April 24-26, 2013 in Stockholm. Historians from Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Poland, Russia, the United States, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia will participate. Reports and discussions will be devoted to the interaction of migration and cultural processes in the European North in various historic epochs - from Middle Ages to our days.


The Conference of the Heads of the Baltic Sea states on environmental protection (Baltic Sea Summit) will take place in St. Petersburg, April 5-6, 2013

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The conference is held within the Year of the Environment in Russia and the Russian Federation chairmanship of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in 2013. A high-level segment for prime ministers of CBSS member countries will take place on the 5th of April. A Business and Financial Communities of the Baltic Sea States Forum will be held on the 6th of April. Ways of protection and restoration of the Baltic Sea ecosystem, public-private partnership as a clue for solving ecological problems in the region, and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) are to be discussed in the course of the meeting.The meeting will conclude with adoption of the declaration of the conference.


The Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk, EGCC within the Council of the Baltic Sea States arranges the conference

“Keeping children safe in the present-day media environment: gained experience and problems in protecting children from information harmful to their health and development in the Baltic Sea Region (including issues of ICT and Online Safety for children)” to be held in Moscow on the 27th of February 2013. Intensive development of and advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) and other electronic communication means; their growing integration and compatibility with the global Internet; Cyberspace with no territorial boundaries; digital inclusion – all the mentioned factors provide children with various information conducive to their learning and development and simultaneously create threats to child safety online and do harm to their health and development.


The signing ceremony of 2 agreements in the framework of the Pilot Financial Initiative between VEB and KfW

After a successfull launch of the SME pillar of the PFI (110 mm USD  loan) on 16th of November in Moscow, a substantial progress in the 2nd Tаrget area of activities, in the field of PPP, has been made on 12th of  December in Stockholm. Within the framework of the Pilot Financial Initiative VEB and KfW have  signed a new loan agreement. It will be offered to VEB by KfW in Russian Rubles with a tenor of 7 years in amount equivalent to 65 mm USD. This loan may become a new very important step in the implementation of PFI.


The Russian CBSS Presidency style

Preparing for its Presidency in the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in 2012-2013 Russia held an open All-Russian contest on creating a logo for the Presidency.

The contest was organized by the Agency for Youth Affairs of Kaliningrad region together with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

In addition to the main goal of the contest – to design a logo that reflects the theme and priorities of the Russian CBSS Presidency – it was also aimed to raise public awareness especially of the young people about the CBSS activities which pays much attention to the youth policy.

Young people aged 14-30 from different regions of Russia took part in the competition.
The event consisted of three stages: collecting and selecting applications (1-27 April 2012), an open voting (1-10 May 2012) and the final analysis to define a winner.

After the preliminary examination selected works were posted in the social networks, and through the open voting the winner was found: a student from the school in Zelenogradsk Anna Rozvadovskaya achieved a victory in the contest.

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The Agency for Youth Affairs transferred its right to use this logo (or its individual components) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CBSS Secretariat.
The work by Anna Rozvadovskaya was taken as the basis to develop the final version of the logo made by professional designer S.Lipatov.


person1 20012 copyImplementation and successful completion of this project is largely the result of the active work of the Director of the Agency for Youth Affairs of Kaliningrad region T.Vasileva, the Head of the Unit for civil and patriotic education and employment E.Demina and adviser of the Department of Youth Policy and Public Affairs of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Russian Federation M.Filaretova who dealt with the major part of the practicalities of the competition. In addition, the contest was a success in promoting the Russian CBSS Presidency in the Russian sector of the Internet. person2 200 copy

The logo is an integral part of the Russian CBSS Presidency image as a dynamic, innovative and project-oriented stage in the development of the Council.


Modernist symbol of the Presidency is close to aesthetic system of constructivism: form-building, pure colors of the Russian flag. The sign itself is a stylized image of a ship. Graphic elements of the symbol – similar triangles – shape the graphical pattern which visually supports the logo of the Presidency and can be used independently on any item of the Presidency style as well as in the virtual space.

Together the sign and the pattern become a flexible branding tool which can solve various communication and information issues without losing visual quality and recognizability.

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International Conference "Fostering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Baltic Sea Region" took place in Kaliningrad on November 22

International Conference in Kaliningrad offers new financing possibilities for Small and Medium Enterprises and Public Private Partnerships. Kaliningrad, 22 November, 2012 - The International Conference "Fostering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Baltic Sea Region: Financing, Public Private Partnership, Innovations" took place in Kaliningrad on November 22. Its objective was to focus attention of the small and medium business, financial institutions and authorities on long–term financing and support to SMEs in the sphere of modernization and innovation in the Baltic Sea region. 


Vnesheconombank and KfW Entered into a Credit Agreement under the Program of the Council of the Baltic Sea States

 In the course of the Russian-German Interstate Summit Consultations, State Corporation ‘Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)’ and German State Bank KfW signed a Credit Agreement on Extending 110 million US dollars to Vnesheconombank. On behalf of Vnesheconombank the Agreement was signed by Member of Board - Deputy Chairman Mikhail Kopeikin and Deputy Chairman Alexandr Ivanov and on behalf of KfW – by KfW Bankengruppe Board Member Gunter Braunig.


International conference on the Adoption of the European Educational Standards in Cross-Border Areas

d-2On October 25-27 of 2012 in Pskov the international conference on the Adoption of the European Educational Standards in Cross-Border Areas will be held within the Russian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). The organizer of the conference is the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the direct executive is Pskov State University. It is supported by the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Administration of the Pskov Region, and assisted by...


XI Annual Forum of Strategic Planning Leaders

titled-1On October 22-23, 2012 in St. Petersburg the XI Annual Forum of Strategic Planning Leaders will take place. The core theme of the XI Forum is the Potential for Integration. One of the key international events of the Forum 2012 is a Round Table "Integrated Development of Rural and Urban Areas: Experience of the Baltic Sea Region". The Organisers of the Round Table are VASAB Committee on Spatial Development in the BSR, Ministry of Regional Development of Russia, Committee for External Relations of Saint Petersburg, and International Centre for Social and Economic Research - Leontief Centre.


Saint-Petersburg – the Sea Capital of Russia

On 5-7th of July 2012 the IV International Forum “Sea Tourism” will take place in Saint-Petersburg. In 2011 there has been launched a federal target program “Inner and incoming tourism development” in the frameworks of which the regions of the Russian Federation have started developing their own programs of water tourism development. The Forum is to become a place for experience exchange in regional projects designing and promoting.


Parliamentarians From All Over the Baltic Sea Region Meet in Saint-Petersburg for the 21st Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference


Parliamentarians, government officials and experts will convene in Mariinsky Palace, the seat of the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg, on 26-28 August to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Baltic Sea Region, and to draw up political recommendations and actions for the benefit of the Region and its citizens. The overall theme of the 21st Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, BSPC, is “Energy, Ecology and Social Welfare: Cooperation for a Sustainable Development of the Baltic Sea Region. 


The Baltic Sea of communication

02.07.2012 "Rossiyskaya Gazeta"

On June 30th the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States has moved from Germany to Russia

Cornelia Pieper, Member of the German Bundestag, Minister of State at the Foreign Ministry of Germany

The Baltic Sea unites us by various means, and these close ties are beneficial for us in the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian terms. Today for the majority it is a matter of course, but lately it was not always so.

Undoubtedly, the historical Hanseatic League was the forerunner of the modern European idea - Europe was born on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The trade and the law - at that time the "Magdeburg Law" - spreading along the shores of the Baltic Sea to Pomerania and Lithuania, the Baltic Sea established a freedom of communication. Hansa merchants brought together people and built bridges between cultures, and these bridges are seen today. For example, the anniversary of German school in Stockholm we celebrated together with the President of Germany Joachim Gauck in May, was established in 1612 by the Hanseatic merchants.


The Bridge over the Baltic Sea

29.06.2012 "Rossiyskaya Gazeta"
By Vassily Voropaev

A new issue of international journal about the countries of the Baltic region has been published.

A new issue of international journal “ The Amber Bridge ” has been published in Russian and English on the eve of the start of Russia’s presidency in CBSS.

The president of the International Public Fund “The Amber Bridge” Yuri Sizov told the correspondent of the Russian Newspaper that the meaning and the content of their work was primarily in the establishment of direct broadband bridges of humanitarian and scientific cooperation with all ten countries of the Baltic region.

He continued that this year in April their organization was presented  at the meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials of CBSS in Berlin and now they are  general partners of CBSS. Russia takes over the presidency of this international organization from Germany from July of this year. Yuri Sizov also told that issued material contained article called “Finish for Germany – Start for Russia” and he marked that there was also printed speech of German President Joachim Gauck in the journal.


Communiqué adopted at the Baltic Sea Region Energy Co-operation (BASREC)

The Ministers responsible for energy of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden, and the European Commissioner for Energy convened in Berlin on 14 and 15 May 2012. These countries and the EuropeanCommission (hereafter referred to as the Parties) are the members of BASREC. Delegations of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Energy Charter, the Federal Network Agency of Germany, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Investment Bank and the World Bank attended the meeting. BASREC is a part of the Intergovernmental Networks of the CBSS, and energy co-operation therefore also takes place within the Northern Dimension Policy Framework.


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