The Turku process is a bottom-up initiative promoting practical cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, particularly with Russian partners. It builds on decades of close cooperation and accumulated trust between twin cities: Turku was the first city in the world to establish official city relations with the Russian metropolis, Saint Petersburg, back in 1953.
The Turku process is a joint initiative of the City of Turku, Regional Council of Southwest Finland, the City of St. Petersburg and the City of Hamburg, supported by European Commission's Directorate General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO).
Local expertise in the centre
The objective of the Turku Process is to bring together local actors, create dialogue and enhance concrete project cooperation. Above all, the aim is to bring EU and Russian actors closer to each other in the Baltic Sea region. The Turku Process utilizes its local expertise in developing solutions for regional challenges.
The Turku Process welcomes new ideas, proposals and partners that can contribute to the success of the initiative and promote its goal - practical joint actions for sustainable well-being in the Baltic Sea region. The Turku Process organizes Round Table meetings and events to enhance project cooperation.
in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
In 2013, the Horizontal Action “Neighbours” was added to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The aim of the Neighbours is to bring non-EU countries and actors into cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The Horizontal Action is coordinated by the City of Turku and the Stockholm-based Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat. The City of Turku has appointed the practical coordination work of the Neighbours to the Turku Process Secretariat which is based in Centrum Balticum Foundation.
Read more about the Neighbours coordination work here.