Welcome to Baltic Meeting Point 2019

We believe that we are stronger together, and weaker when divided. We believe that great ideas should be shared. We believe in the Baltic Sea as a bond, not an obstacle. We believe that cities around our common sea should cooperate more, not less. This is why we have created Baltic Meeting Point.

Are you a mayor, a leading politician or a manager in the public sector of a city in the South Baltic Sea area? We believe in you. We want you to join us at Baltic Meeting Point in Karlskrona. Come and shape the agenda together with us. Come and shape the future!

Sandra Bizzozero
Mayor of Karlskrona

Who will attend Baltic Meeting Point?

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. Are you one of these persons? Sign up for Baltic Meeting Point today!

Former Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt will participate in the conference.

You own the Agenda

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!

Preliminary Agenda

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.

  • Tuesday, September 24

    Location: Dockside

    • 11.00-14.00 Registration, mingle and have lunch at restaurant Vass in the guest harbor
    • 14.00 Inaguration of Baltic Meeting Point 2019 by Mayor of Karlskrona Sandra Bizzozero
    • 14.30 You own the Agenda - Three slide update. Each city/municipality presents themselves on three Powerpoint slides for 3 minutes
    • 15.00 ”Circular Economy and Profitable Sustainability” Matilda Jarbin, sustainable entrepreneur 
      Matilda Jarbim is Sustainability manager at Giab. She is going to introduce us to the basics of Circular Economy and how her organization is building partnerships that play a huge role towards the transition to a more circular economy and what role cities and municipalities play.
    • 16.00 Coffee break
    • 16.30 Digitalization of the public sector - What effect does digitalization have on the public sector and on governing a city?
      Carl-Martin Lanér is Chief Executive of the Municipality of Karlskrona, and as a leader he is very interested in the effects of digitalization of the public sector. Karlskrona is on the front line of digitalization in Sweden, and at Baltic Meeting Point Mr Lanér shares his experiences and ideas on this hot topic.
    • 19.00 Dinner at Brinova Arena
  • Wednesday, September 25 (joint day with Baltic Sea World Heritage Summit)

    Location: Blekinge School of Technology

    • 08.20 Bus from the hotels

    • 09.00 Good morning and recap from yesterday

    • 09.30 Yngve Bergqvist, founder of Icehotel
      How to create a world-class destination with your local resources. Yngve created the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi in the north of Sweden 25 years ago. Today it is a world famous destination with visitors from all over the globe.

    • 10.30 Coffee break

    • 11.00 Burcu Özdemir, UNESCO specialist: Risk Management and Disaster Strategies in Cultural Heritages

    • 12.00 Panel: Using your local assets to create an attractive destination for tourists
      With Burcu Özdemir (Unesco), Max Dager (Karlskrona municipality), Yngve Bergqvist (Icehotel) and Olle Jonäng (NECSTouR)

    • 12.30 Lunch

    • 13.30 Fredrik Reinfeldt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden: international cooperation and the leadership required

    • 14.30 Round table discussions on international cooperation

    • 15.00 Coffee break

    • 15.30 Åsa Trulsson: “commerce and cooperation around the Baltic Sea: lessons from a 1000 years ago”
      Åsa is a historian who tells the story of cooperation and trade around the Baltic Sea and beyond. How did the Vikings and their neighbours organize their trade networks? What can we learn today about leadership, inclusion, cooperation and entrepreneurship by studying them?

    • 16.15 Teambuilding and innovation exercises with Hyper Island
      Hyper Island and its global network of schools and business designs transformative learning experiences to enable growth for individuals and for businesses. In this interactive workshop you will take part in practical exercises to improve teambuilding and innovation.

    • 17.15 Using Minecraft to recreate historic and cultural assets
      Minecraft is a computer game and a global success story. It enables you to build your own worlds in collaboration with other players. In this workshop we will explore how kids can use this game to recreate a World Heritage Site and learn about the history and value of the place. If you are brave you might get the opportunity to get a 10 year old mentor who teaches you how to build your home city. In cooperation with Skövde University.

    • 18.00 Buses to the hotels

    • 19.30 A night at the Naval Museum - banquet
      Welcome to a very special evening at the Naval Museum of Sweden. Dress code: semi-formal (suit and tie).
  • Thursday, September 26

    Location: Dockside

    • 09.00 Good morning and recap from yesterday
    • 09.30 You own the Agenda
    • 10.00 Annelie Börjesson, president of the UN Association of Sweden.
      Safeguarding the world’s cultural and natural properties and heritage contributes to sustainable development and therefore increases the effectiveness of the 2030 Agenda. The Global Goals have a potential to help building a resilient, peaceful and sustainable Baltic Sea region. UNA Sweden President Ms Annelie Börjesson, who recently attended the 2019 High Level Political Forum in New York, will present some challenges and ideas for the work ahead.
    • 10.30 Coffee break
    • 11.00 Baltic Meeting Point 2025: what do we want to achieve?
    • 12.00 Bus to the Residency, lunch on the go
    • 12.30 Closing event at the Residency of the Governor of Blekinge
    • 13.30 Closing of Baltic Meeting Point 2019

Free of charge

The conference is free of charge. Included is the conference activities, dinner on day 1, transportation to Blekinge Institute of Technology on day 2, three lunches and the banquet. Not included is accommodation, breakfast, travel to and from Karlskrona.

We kindly ask you to register only when you are certain that you will participate, as the number of seats is limited.

Project Management

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:

Email: niklas.carlsson@karlskrona.se
Phone: +46 455 32 15 24