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2015-2016 Saaremaa
Sun, Jan 26, 2020


B7 Baltic Islands Network

2015-2016 Saaremaa

Saaremaa and Annual B7 Conference

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„Is Saaremaa a maritime country?“

14th September 2016, Saare Golf club house (Merikotka 22 Kuressaare)

The annual conference is dedicated to the year of maritime culture in Estonia. The aim of the discussions that have been taking place within 2016 is to raise awareness of our historic, natural and cultural heritage, collect ideas and develop those in order to make Estonia even better place where to live, work and to visit.


9.30 Registering and morning coffee
10.00 The conference will be opened by the county governor of Saaremaa Kaido Kaasik
10.10 On the verge of Saaremaa’s Viking age, estonian Vello Mäss, researcher of Estonian Maritime museum
10.50 Is Gotland a maritime country? Bertil Klintbom, strategist of international relations, Gotland region
11.25 Is Åland a maritime country? Irene Häger, adviser of European and External Affairs the Government of Åland

12.00 Coffee break

12.40 Is Hiiumaa a maritime country? On maritime planning in Hiiumaa. Heiki Kalberg, Artes Terrae OÜ landscape architect-planner / Aivi Telvik, Hiiu county government
13.10 Marina Ahoy is introduced by Hannes Koppel and Relika Metsallik-Koppel
13.30 „Is Saaremaa a maritime country?“ Discussion is introduced by Marko Raid, member of the management board of Port of Tallinna, and Villu Vatsfeld, chairman of chairman of the board of Saarte Liinid Ltd

  • What does being a maritime country mean?
  • What are our dreams, opportunities and needs in order to become a maritime country?
  • What are the obstacle that hinder our dreams to come true?
  • What should change on legal bases and in people’s attitudes to turn obstacles into opportunities?

Panelists are Mihkel Jürisson (MTÜ Väinamere Uisk), Marko Raid (Port of Tallinn), Mart Undrest (Estonian Fishermen Union), Margus Männik (Saaremaa Sea Sport Union), Kaido Kaasik (county governor of Saaremaa), Tiit Oidjärv (Planning department, Ministry of Finance of Estonia), Taivo Linnamägi (Head of Aviation and Maritime department, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications). Moderator is Villu Vatsfeld.

Conference involves synchronized voice translation.

Please confirm your attendance by 12th September via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling +372 4520501

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First Coordinators‘ Meeting 2016 on Rügen

On 26 and 27 January the coordinators from the member islands met on Rügen. 2016 projects had to be encouraged, details to be agreed, decisions to be prepared, plenty of administrative work to be done.

During a very intense meeting, the participants found their impressions from visiting municipalities and businesses on the island confirmed: a modern infrastructure with broadband access for everyone and use of sustainable energy are of fundamental importance for the rural development, for the successful development of a diverse, modern economy and best living conditions in a beautiful landscape.

The islands will continue their cooperation to contribute to this development with proven projects - the B7 Games for young athletes, Clean Beach activities for young islanders or even DISSONANCES reflected by island artists.

Ermo Mäeots, Martina Schwinkendorf and Bertil Klintbom in Prora Tarmo Kähr, Bertil Klintbom and Ermo Mäeots in discussion

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