The three days of the B7 Baltic Sea events in Hiiumaa (27-29th of May) warmed up the chilly and windy spring of the island. A lot of exhibitions, music and theatre performances from Finland created a cultural framework for the conference Life in Small Communities. The conference was thematically divided into three parts, covering the topics of life quality, creative industries and tourism. The Finnish cultural programme was provided by the Embassy of Finland in Estonia. The Baltic Sea Days ended with the Garfish Festival at Orjaku harbour on the 29th of May.
On the 26th of May, the B7 started its spring meetings of the Steering Committee and Board in Hiiumaa museum where the Vice Chancellor of the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Toomas Kevvai presented the Estonian position on the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Later in the afternoon session at Soera Farm Museum, the meeting continued with discussions on the political goals of the B7 in the framework of the EU Strategy Baltic Sea Region. The Steering Committee decided to meet in Stockholm on the 9th of September and later on the 15-16th of October in Tallinn at the BSSSC Annual Conference to facilitate common activities among stakeholders in the Baltic Sea area.
B7 is grateful for the co-operation and support of the organisations involved in organising the Baltic Sea Days in Hiiumaa: the Embassy of Finland in Estonia, LEADER LAG of Hiiumaa, Hiiumaa County Government, the Europe Direct office in Hiiumaa and Saaremaa, the EU Interreg project New Bridges, NGO Arhipelaag, NGO Hiiukala.