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Commissioner Hahn's opening speech at the the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy (EUSBSR) 'Growing Together: for a connected, inclusive and prosperous EU Baltic Sea Macro-Region'

(03 June 2014)

Commissioner Hahn's opening speech at the the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy (EUSBSR) 'Growing Together: for a connected, inclusive and prosperous EU Baltic Sea Macro-Region'

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn kicked off the 5th Annual Forum of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy (EUSBSR) today in Turku, Finland.

Tackling challenges from competitiveness to climate change and from energy to education, countries around the Baltic Sea are stepping up their cooperation in the fifth year since the launch of the Strategy.

Prime Ministers and Ministers of the eight EU Member States (Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) as well as over 1,000 representatives from the private sector, regional businesses and civil society are attending the two days' forum.

Commissioner Hahn addressed the ministers and audience, calling for more focus to build on the successes of the strategy so far: "The Baltic region has been the pioneer of the Macro-Regional approach. And it is already reaping results. But you need to continue to explore how to maximise your cooperation. More efforts are needed for example in the areas of energy cooperation and the coordination of transport policies in order to improve Europe's energy security and to boost growth."

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