New challenges in the Baltic sea region. International conference in Tallinn/Estonia

The Estonian Think Pro Patria Institute organized an international conference with the support of the European People´s Party in the European Parliament in Tallinn/Estonia. 

On 24th May 2018 I moderated a panel “new challenges of the Baltic region sea sister parties” in Tallinn/Estonia. With the campaign managers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania and Estonia we discussed the current hot topics in Europe and the aspects of regional cooperation. 

In my panel we discussed five policies I identified as most relevant: 

- Digitalisation

Can the Baltic Sea Region be a model region, pioneer  for digitalisation within the entire European Union)? Efforts currently are made to expand information management cooperation between Finland and Estonia and the Nordic countries and to open up cross-border digital services for the entire Baltic Sea Region.

- Security: fear of Russia and decline of the west – cooperation with USA

Defence Ministers from Finland, Sweden and the United States just were scheduled to meet in Washington to discuss military cooperation between the three countries and the overall security policy situation.  Sweden just gave out emergency guidance in the light of Russian aggression. 

- Energy policy: Nord Stream 2

The Baltic pipeline is to run from Russia via the maritime zones of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. Finland recently granted a permit, with the other two pending.  Its opponents, including Poland, the Baltic states, and Nordic EU countries, have said Nord Stream 2 would help Russia to cut gas supplies to Western allies, including Ukraine, for strategic reasons.

- Strategic question: The weakness of social democrats and the rise of populism

- Social cohesion in the society

 Finland: basic income for everybody, revolution of the educational system

 Family policies:

  • Ageing problem: Pension reforms
  • Migration (more important immigration and integration policy)

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