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VASAB Conference “Competitiveness of Small & Medium-Sized Cities in the Baltic Sea Region”

VASAB Conference “Competitiveness of Small & Medium-Sized Cities in the Baltic Sea Region”

4 June 2019

Riga, Latvia

VASAB Conference “Competitiveness of Small & Medium-Sized Cities in the Baltic Sea Region”

About event


VASAB Conference “Competitiveness of Small & Medium-Sized Cities in the Baltic Sea Region” took place on 4 June 2019 in Riga, Latvia.

Cities are economic drivers and social hubs, attempting to ensure good services and livable spaces for their citizens and attracting new inhabitants, businesses and other recourses. Demographic challenges, shrinking and urbanization of development areas – these are the main characteristics that small and medium-sized cities in the BSR are facing today. Their development and specialization strategies are crucial to adapt the global and local challenges and to capitalize their resources and assets to strengthen their attractiveness and competitiveness. Moreover, cities and towns have significant role and potential for balanced territorial development.

The Conference looked on the cities and towns from the perspective of their role, challenges, potentials and good practices to strengthen and contribute to the competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region and thus providing substantial input to the joint competitiveness of Europe. It discussed the opportunities and faced challenges of small and medium-sized cities and towns, their future prospects beyond 2020 in order to achieve greater coherence within the Baltic Sea Region and hence in the wider Europe.

The Conference was targeted to the politicians, policy advisers, experts, practitioners and other relevant audience engaged in fostering sustainable development of cities.

The Conference was organized by the Latvian VASAB chairmanship. VASAB (“Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea”) is intergovernmental multilateral co-operation of 10 countries of the Baltic Sea Region in spatial planning and development.

Please find all presentations and photos below!

Conference timetable

04 June 2019
09:00 - 09:30

Registration & welcome coffee

09:30 - 09:40

Opening and welcome address

09:40 - 10:50

Part I: Setting scene

10:50 - 11:10

Coffee break

11:10 - 11:55

Part II: Good practice in the BSR Cities & Towns

11:55 - 12:40

Part III: Good practice in the BSR Cities & Towns

12:40 - 13:00

Coffee break

13:00 - 14:00

Part IV: Wrap-up discussion

14:00 - 15:00

Closing & lunch

Bookings are closed for this event.

VASAB Conference “Competitiveness of Small & Medium-Sized Cities in the Baltic Sea Region”


Conference Agenda


Presentation "VASAB - vision and strategies around the Baltic Sea" by Gunārs Ansiņš


Presentation "Europe in global perspective: trends and priorities" by Pawel Swieboda


Presentation "Promoting competitiveness of small and medium sized cities in the context of the future European territorial development perspective" by Ilona Raugze


Presentation "Challenges and opportunities for the BSR in global perspective" by Janne Antikainen


Presentation "European Cluster Policy" by Dr Anna Sobczak


Presentation "Local Connectedness Matters: Tribe Tampere story" by Alexandra Santos


Presentation "Be a part of the transformation of an entire community" by Josefine Wahlstrom


Presentation "The People's Meeting - a political festival" by Gugga Zakariasdottir


Presentation "Kaunas - constantly becoming contemporary" by Andrius Veršinskas


Presentation "Co-creation of sustainable Tartu" by Raimond Tamm


Presentation "Great marketing for a small city" by Laura Skrodele