Wed, May 24, 2017


B7 Baltic Islands Network

2017-2018 Rügen

Coordinators’ Meeting on Gotland

Last week, 21-22 March, the coordinators of the five member islands met on Gotland. On the agenda was the preparation of the political discussions on the B7 future as well as of the chairmanship projects in 2017 and 2018.

Meit Fohlin, vice mayor of Region Gotland, presented their ideas of a political more active B7 network along with the CPMR Baltic Sea and Island commissions. The engagement of the islands in some of the organisations should be used to benefit the Baltic Sea islands in the best possible way. Such ideas will be subjects of the discussions during the Steering Committee meeting in June on Rügen.

The coordinators discussed practical details of the projects ahead. Under the headline “OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE” the sixth art project shall invite artists from the islands to creatively interpret the project theme, to exchange and possibly widen the B7 artists network.

Interesting input for future B7 exchanges got the coordinators also from Gotland actors – during presentations and discussions about Gotlands cruise tourism plans, about digitalisation and its chances offered to a modern administration and also about gender equality questions.

Meit Fohlin meets B7 coordinators' group  Group photo of B7 coordinators

B7 Chairmanship handed over to Rügen

Kaido Kaasik hands over chairmanship to Uwe AhlersOn the 15th of September 2015 at the B7 Biannual Conference on Saaremaa the Steering Committee decided to hand over the chairmanship to the island of Rügen. Kaido Kaasik, governor of the island of Saaremaa, reviewed the past two chairmanship years, highlighted by two international conferences on tourism and the challenges for maritime countries in Europe, by the art project DISSONANCES and the B7 Games for young athletes from the member islands Saaremaa hosted in 2016.

After two successful years of Baltic Sea co-operation he handed over the chairmanship hammer to Uwe Ahlers, representative of Vorpommern-Rügen county council. For the years 2017 and 2018 it will be Rügens turn to lead the co-operation of the Baltic Sea Islands.

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