The State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern held on December 8th, 2015 a conference on “Cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea Region – Innovative contributions to regional development in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”. The invitation to the Chamber of Commerce Schwerin followed about 80 guests. They came from the fields of science and industry, authorities and associations.

The objectives of this conference were:

  • Presentation of contributions of transnational and cross-border cooperation in the Baltic region for regional development in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania;
  • Discussion of ways to better use the potentials of the Baltic Sea co-operation for the country.

Contents were experiences and perspectives of the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Skåne region, the media industry and – presented and discussed by stakeholders- selected EU projects in the fields of business, research and communities.

From the contributions the following aspects are to hold:

  • Baltic Sea cooperation as a component of regional development in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    Christian Frenzel, Head of the State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    • Given increasingly scarce resources, it is important to exploit the potential of international cooperation for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as far as possible;
    • regional priorities and international cooperation should be coordinated as far as possible to each other, particularly in the fields of research and innovation in companies and acceleration of knowledge and technology transfer;
    • complementary international projects in the Baltic Sea region can be supported from the EU programs for the Baltic region, for the Southern Baltic Sea or on the German-Polish border region. The Baltic Forum MV can improve communication between the Baltic Sea actors in the country and support the further utilization of project results in the country.
  • Bioenergy – EU Project EPIC2020
    Michael Scheller, Scheller Systemtechnik GmbH
    Peter Krüger, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    • Efficient processing of waste materials for the production of bioenergy for the recovery of heat and fuels is a cross-cutting issue in the circular economy.
    • EU project funding offers the possibility in a financially framework established to develop new ideas and to validate and to attract new customers for technologies from the country;
    • important: good flow of information and communication between the Ministry and the project partners in the country;
    • Project results in Wismar region are transferable to other ports, for example to the Port of Rostock and the hinterland areas.
  • Baltic Sea cooperation – Driver for Innovation area – the perspective of Region Skåne
    Dr. Axel Steuwer, Invest in Skåne
    • The cooperation with partners from the Baltic Sea Region is to develop the potential of the region and its infrastructure to attract foreign investors and “talent” and local businesses, particularly SMEs, to assist in developing their international contacts;
    • the pooling of investors advertising and regional business support to an overarching strategic platform has proven itself in Skåne. The project “Science Link” (INTERREG A program Öresund-Kattegat Skagerrak) here has played a central role.