11 Jun Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme Conference 2019
Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme Conference 2019
9th-10th April 2019
The annual Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme Conference serves as a meeting ground for those responsible for allocating and using the €300 Million in EU funds within the Interreg BSR Programme, as well as an excellent networking opportunity for Interreg BSR project representatives. This year, the BSR Programme Conference took place in historically renowned Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein at the southern shore of the Baltic Sea. Serving as a gateway to the Baltic Sea, Lübeck is known for its Hanseatic heritage, scrumptious marzipan and three Nobel prize winners.
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme Conference 2019 was held in Lübeck, Germany on the 9th-10th of April 2019.
Madeline Langlois of the European Institute for Innovation (EIfI), Smartup Accelerator from Germany, represented the Smartup Accelerator project at the Interreg BSR Conference 2019. Attendance at this annual programme conference was productive for Smartup Accelerator project exposure, networking and generally becoming familiar with other great BSR/EU projects within the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.
Day one of the conference was kicked off with an opening by conference moderator Susanne Scherrer, Director of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat (MA/JS). Following the opening came inspiring speeches and BSR Programme updates from speakers such as Erk Westermann-Lammers, CEO of Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB.SH), Igor Kapyrin, Monitoring Committee member for Russia/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, and Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, Minister of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of Schleswig-Holstein. The introductory plenary session provided comprehensive BSR Programme updates and served as a solid base for the subsequent interactive parallel sessions. In these sessions, Interreg BSR project representatives, Monitoring Committee members and other participants were invited to explore, discuss and engage in knowledge transfer on topics such as renewable energy, circular economy and smart specialisation. After the interactive workshops, conference participants convened for a lovely dinner and networking session at the Lübeck City Hall.