Welcome to register for Baltic Meeting Point.
Thank you to all participants in Baltic Meeting Point Karlskrona 2019 and welcome back next year!
”After the previous conferences a lot of joint projects have been started. I think it is extremely important that we come together, share experiences and establish contacts. Above all it is important to keep these contacts when you get home. I am convinced that we are stronger together.”
Mayor of the executive committee,
Municipality of Karlskrona
Former Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, stresses the importance of cooperation in a time where nationalism is one of the main trends in the world:
– The Baltic Sea region stands as an example of another way of solving the challenges for mankind.
Fredrik Reinfeldt has spent several decades in national and international politics. He was Prime Minister of Sweden for eight years and was one of the key note speakers at the conferences of 2019.
– I think that these conferences are challenging the main trend of the world, namely nationalism and the more aggressive kind of nationalism where you put your own country first, often in conflict with others, Reinfeldt says.
– We can see geopolitical tension spreading in the areas of trade and migration. Even the freedom of movement is very often challenged when you accept this way of thinking. I have always thought that the Baltic Sea region stands as an example of another way of solving these challenges for mankind where we are closer together, solving things together, meeting each other in trade and business, and also with non-governmental organisations of different kinds, Fredrik Reinfeldt says.
Matilda Jarbin is sustainability manager at Giab, an organisation that is building partnerships which play a huge role towards the transition to a more circular economy.
– The environment doesn’t have any borders. These issues are global, and we have to work together on a global scale.
Of course it’s very important that we do the same things in Sweden, Poland and all the other Baltic Sea countries. We can’t reach the sustainability goals and we can’t fix the climate change by ourselves. We have to do it together.
What can we learn from history when it comes to cooperation and trade around the Baltic Sea?
A great deal, says historian Åsa Trulsson, one of the speakers at the conferences in 2019.
– You think about history and 1 000 years being a very long time. 1 000 years in this segment is actually nothing at all. We tend to believe that people change a lot, but many of the core values from the past are very similar to what we today would call modern notions. We are much more similar to the people that use to live in this region than we think. This area has historically been an area where people have traded a lot and we have a joint history. The waterways have been so important that what we think of today as different countries is actually a close area of trade, commerce and exchange of culture and collaboration.
The participants at Batlic Meeting Point are key leaders from the public sector of cities and municipalities in the South Baltic Sea region - Sweden, Germany, Poland, Kaliningrad, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Mayors, city council chairmen, public managers in key positions, leading politicians and close associates of these persons are specifically invited to join Baltic Meeting Point. Individuals with the mandate to make decisions, create international networks and be key persons for the development of a stronger bond across the Baltic Sea.
We in Karlskrona strongly believe that a conference with leaders will be better if all participants can take part in shaping the agenda. We therefore offer you the opportunity use one hour of the agenda to lead a workshop, discussion or creative action where you can share your successes or challenges and get great input from the other participants.
What successes or challenges have you seen in your city? What creative solutions can you share from your home city or municipality? What challenges would you like to discuss with other leaders, who might give you new ideas about solutions? Let us know, and we will do our best to give you an hour!
We create the agenda together with you. That is why we have added “You own the Agenda”, with time for you to lead the conference or talk about the work done in your city.
Baltic Meeting Point has been created by the Municipality of Karlskrona as a forum for cities and municipalities around the south Baltic Sea to strengthen their cooperation. This year the Baltic Meeting Point is created by a team led by project manager Niklas Carlsson.
If you have any questions regarding Baltic Meeting Point, please contact the project manager:
Phone: +46 455 32 15 24