Find the programme of the Baltic Sea Region Forum 2019 here. Please note that the programme is not final and some changes may occur.


Baltic Sea Region Forum 2019: "Future Challenges of the Baltic Sea Region"

25 March 2019 at Turku School of Economics

11:00 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:10

Kari Liuhto
, Director and Professor, Centrum Balticum Foundation
Minna Arve
, Mayor, City of Turku
Aleksi Randell, Chairman, Centrum Balticum Foundation

12:10 - 12:30

Keynote Speech

Petteri Orpo, Minister of Finance, Finland

12:35 - 14:00


Ministerial Panel: Tackling Challenges of the Baltic Sea Region

Ruslanas Irzikevicius
, Editor-in-Chief, The Lithuania Tribune, Lithuania
Andrius Kubilius
, Prime Minister (1999-2000 and 2008-2012), Lithuania
Petteri Orpo
, Minister of Finance, Finland
Alexey Vedev
, Deputy Minister of Economic Development (2014-2017), Russia

Other speakers will be informed later.

14:00 - 14:30

Coffee break

14:30 - 16:00


Labour Mobility in the Baltic Sea Region

Nils Karlson
, President & CEO, Ratio Institute, Sweden
Daria Akhutin
a, Senior Adviser, Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and Coordinator for the Baltic Sea Labour Forum
Ulrich Becker, Director, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Germany
Jarkko Eloranta
, President, SAK - The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, Finland
Jan Feller
, Deputy Managing Director, German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce
Mika Kuismanen
, Chief Economist, The Federation of Finnish Enterprises
Tapani Mylly
, Communications Manager, Meyer Turku, Finland
Mikael Mäki
, Communications Manager, Valmet Automotive, Finland
Sami Pakarinen
, Chief Economist, Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT, Finland

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00


Circular Economy Moves Forward

Ville Niinistö, Member of Parliament, Finland
A representative
of European Environmental Bureau, Belgium
Kari Herlevi
, Project Director, The Circular Economy Team, The Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA
Meelis Münt
, Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia
Kalle Saarimaa
, Vice-President, Recycling and Waste Solutions, Fortum, Finland
Olga Sergienko
, Associate Professor, ITMO University, Russia
Saara-Sofia Sirén
, Member of Parliament, Finland

18:00 - 18:20

Closing keynote speech

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of European Parliament


Reception at the Turku School of Economics hosted by the City of Turku

Baltic Sea Region Forum 2019 Programme