Baltic Sea region leaders and experts meet in June in Turku

The wide-ranging programme of the Turku Baltic Sea Days 2014 is complete.

Finland and Turku are, during the first week of June, the focus of the Baltic Sea region’s strategic, economic, and political discussions, as Turku hosts the joint 16th Baltic Development Forum Summit and the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 3–4 June 2014. Among the high level speakers is Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen.

Other speakers include Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori, Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, BDF chairman Lene Espersen, CEO of Siemens Finland Janne Öhman, CEO of Bayer Nordic Oliver Rittgen, Principal Associate of Harvard Business School Christian Ketels, and Global Chief Economist of Nordea Helge Pedersen.

The joint event is part of the Turku Baltic Sea Days 2014 series of events, and is the biggest conference of the year devoted to Baltic Sea issues in the Baltic Sea region. The event will explore how to improve cooperation within the Baltic Sea region, with the theme “Growing Together – For a prosperous, inclusive and connected Baltic Sea Region”. Up to thousand Baltic Sea region experts, high level political decision-makers, and leaders of political and economic life will gather to explore this issue.

For the first time gathered in Turku, alongside the 16th Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), the XII Baltic Sea NGO Forum will also be held during the same week, in the same city. Additionally, many other conferences and seminars will also be held in Turku, such as the Baltic Sea Forum of Centrum Balticum – a Turku based think tank – and the Baltic Sea Health Summit.

See the full program and further details of the events at