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Expert’s Conference on the updated VASAB Vision

Expert’s Conference on the updated VASAB Vision

1 June 2023

Rathaus Wismar, Am Markt 1, Germany

Expert’s Conference on the updated VASAB Vision

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Vibrant, Resilient, Well-connected – The Baltic Sea Region in 2040

Expert’s Conference on the updated VASAB Vision


1 June 2023, Wismar, Germany, 11:00 -16:00 CEST

Venue: Rathaus Wismar (Town hall Wismar), Am Markt 1, D-23966 Wismar


  • How do we imagine the desired development of the Baltic Sea Region over the next two decades?
  • What will urban networks and rural settlements look like, how will they be connected physically and digitally?
  • How can we secure our energy supply in the face of climate change and political instability?
  • What will make our most precious commons, the livelihoods of millions in this region, its waters, lands and cultures more vibrant, resilient and well-connected?


The VASAB Vision 2040 will guide us in answering these questions. We invite you to JOIN US for this conference to celebrate the completion of the VASAB Vision 2040 and to discuss its themes.

Experts in the field of spatial planning and regional development will come together to discuss what the VASAB Vision means for the Baltic Sea Region and how each of us can contribute to making it a reality.



Looking back at more than three decades of macro-regional cooperation in spatial planning within the Baltic Sea Region, a first common vision was drafted and agreed by the Ministers for Spatial Planning and Development in 1994 in Tallinn. This vision was further developed into the VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (LTP), adopted in Vilnius in 2009.

Now, a new VASAB Vision for 2040 has been developed under the slogan “Bridging the old with the new” in a participatory process involving public, academic and civil society actors. The new vision aims to respond to the major challenges facing the Baltic Sea Region today.



The Expert’s Conference will take place back-to-back with the adoption of the Vision 2040 by the Ministers responsible for spatial planning and development in the VASAB countries of the Baltic Sea Region on 2 June 2023.

It will complement the Ministerial Conference by providing different practical and research perspectives and by highlighting what is needed for its implementation. Participants will learn more about projects and initiatives, and will have the opportunity to discuss, network and reflect on future initiatives for a vibrant, resilient and well-connected Baltic Sea Region.

The Conference is organised jointly by the VASAB Secretariat and the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building of Germany (Chair of the VASAB CSPD/BSR in 2022/23).

NB! Conference will be hosted as a physical event in Wismar, Germany. A remote attendance option will not be provided.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in the Hanseatic City of Wismar in June!


Draft programme is here!

Please register for the event below (deadline: 12 May 2023)!

Practical information is here! The deadline for booking hotel rooms is 23 April 2023.

Draft programme (all times CEST)

01 June 2023
10:30 - 11:00

Registration and coffee

11:00 - 11:20


Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building
Ministry of Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour, State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

11:20 - 11:30

Who’s in the room? | Introduction by Moderator

11:30 - 11:45

The VASAB Vision 2040

Kai Böhme, Spatial Foresight and Luciane Aguiar Borges, Nordregio

11:45 - 12:30

Reflections on the VASAB Vision 2040 from spatial planning research practice

Prof. Jacek Zaucha, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Prof. Jörg Knieling, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany
UBC (tbc)

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:45

Making the VASAB Vision 2040 a reality

Presentations of newly approved projects and discussion on opportunities to get involved

14:45 - 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 - 15:40

The VASAB vision 2040 and the EUSBSR – How to ensure interaction and synergies?

Panel discussion with:
Dimitry Frank-Kamenetsky, HELCOM
Liene Dreimane, PA Energy
Tarmo Ots, PA Transport
EUSBSR Strategy Point (tbc)

Moderated by Liene Gaujeniete and Elina Veidemane, VASAB Secretariat/PA Spatial Planning

15:40 - 15:50

Passing the baton from Germany to Finland – VASAB Chairmanship priorities 2022/2023 and 2023/2024

Daniel Meltzian, Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Germany
Anna-Leena Seppälä, Ministry of the Environment, Finland

15:50 - 16:00

Wrap-up: Expectations to the Ministerial Conference

Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk, Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL), rapporteur to the Ministerial Conference

16:30 - 19:00

Guided tour through Wismar for conference participants and get-together afterwards

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Expert’s Conference on the updated VASAB Vision



Draft programme


Practical information