Expert conference

Implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: Theory and Practice

The topic of this year summer academy is "Implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: Theory and Practice". The aim is to gather academics, politicians, project managers for discussion on sustainable development in the region.


The European Parliament together with the European Commission launched the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The Strategy focuses on four main areas: environment, economy, accessibility and security. The strategy is the important paper for the region in order to force forward the closer and sustainable cooperation between the countries in the region.

Therefore KAF, JKD and EDUCATIO have chosen the topic on Baltic Sea Strategy as the topic for their Annual International Summer Academy on July 29 - August 1, 2010 in Klaipeda. The Participants from the Baltic Sea Countries, Germany, Poland and Belarus will gather round the table to discuss the pros and cons of the strategy, challenges of the 21st Century for the region as well as to have a closer look at the details of te EU Strategy.


July 30, Friday

09.00 – 10.00 Opening of the Academy

Welcome words by:

Mr. Andreas Michael KLEIN, M.A., Director of Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania;

Mr. Vaidas AUGŪNAS, President of EDUCATIO;

Mr. Artūras SKRINSKA, Chairman of JKD;

10.00 – 11.00PANEL I: “The Baltic Sea Region in the EU”

Role of the Baltic region for the EU: great potential or heavy burden?

Mr. Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS, MP, Deputy Chairman of European Affairs Committee and Member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania

Baltic Sea Region: Natural or Artificial Construction?

Mr. Evardas ŠPOKAS, Lector at Mykolas Riomeris University, Journalist of Lithuanian National Television

Look from the outside: Belarusian approach towards the Baltic Sea region

Mr. Aliaksandr LAHVINETS, Movement for Freedom (Belarus)

11.00 – 11.20 Discussions

11.20 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 12.45PANEL II: “The EU Strategy For the Baltic Sea Region (The EU SBSR): General overview”

Expected impact of the EU SBSR for the region: Lithuanian approach

Ms. Raimonda LIUTKEVIČIENĖ, Adviser, Department of Economic Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

German approach towards the EU regional policy and the EU SBSR

Mr. Rasmus VÖGE, Chairman of the Junge Union Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)

Legal Aspects of the EU BSSR

Dr. Christoph SCHEWE, Visiting Lector at Tartu University (Estonia)

12.45 – 13.10 Discussions

13.15 – 14.30Lunch

14.30 – 15.30 PANEL III: “Implementation oif the EU SBSR in the fields of environmental protection, economic development, infrastructure andsecurity"

The EU SBSR respond to security challenges of the XXI century

Mr. Thomas HELM, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Deutscher Bundestag (Germany)

The EU SBSR respond to energy security challenges

Mr. Edgars KUDURS, Youth of Latvian People's Party (Latvia)

Added value for Belarus?

Ms. Dasha SLABCHANKA, Movement for Freedom (Belarus)

The EU SBSR: What will it bring for Poland?

Mr. Lech CHECINSKI, International Secretary of Young Democrats (Poland)

15.30 – 15.50 Discussions

15.50 – 16.15Coffee break

16.15 – 17.15PANEL IV: "The EU SBSR fundamental projects and lessons learned"

Implementation of the EU SBSR in the area of transport infrastructure development

Mr. Nerijus KAUČIKAS, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Transport Policy Department, Head Development and Innovations Division

Implementation of the EU SBSR in the area of energy security: role of BEMIP

Mr. Tomas LUKOŠEVIČIUS, Expert, Department for Strategic Planning and EU Affairs, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania

Implementation of the EU SBSR in the area of economic development

Ms. Jurgita MIKELKEVIČIŪTĖ, Public Enterprises "Investment Project Group"

17.15 – 17.35Discussion

July 31, Saturday

10.00 – 11.30Round Table Discussion: "Perspectives of the EU SBSR: Different Approaches"

Moderator: Dr. Arūnas MOLIS, Department of Political and Strategic Studies, Baltic Defence College

The EU SBSR as the instrument for further integration of the region

Mr. Audronius AŽUBALIS, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania

The EU SBSR – paper tiger

Assoc. prof. Mindaugas JURKYNAS, Institute for International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University

11.30 – 12.00Coffee break

12.00 - 13.00Presentation and adoption of the document/resolution

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.00Summing up the results of the event

15.00 – 15.30Closing of the Summer Academy

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