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POLISH CBSS PRESIDENCY
6 July 2016
Poland handed over the CBSS Presidency to Iceland on 5th July, during the Almedalen Political Week in Visby (Sweden). The event was prepared by the Polish Embassy in Stockholm within the ‘POLSKA in Almedalen 2016’ programme and was hosted by the Governor of Gotland, Ms Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.
Minister of Defence Mr Peter Hultqvist, Deputy Foreign Minister Annika Söder and Ambassadors of the CBSS member and observer states were among invited guests. Polish Presidency was represented by Ambassador Wiesław Tarka and Ambassador Michał Czyż, Polish Chair of the Committee of Senior Officials. Iceland was represented by Ambassador Estrid Brekkan and Mr Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson, Icelandic Chair of the Committee of Senior Officials. The CBSS Secretariat delegation was chaired by the Acting Director, Mr Bernd Hemingway.
Participants of the ceremony expressed their appreciation to Poland for its visionary approach and enormous commitment to the Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The role of the line ministers meetings, organized by Poland, including culture (September 2015), science (June 2016) and deputy foreign ministers’ (June 2016) sessions, was emphasized.
As part of ‘POLSKA in Almedalen 2016’, Polish Embassy in Stockholm organized a seminar on regional identity „Balticness – what is it?”.
Speakers included Mr Kurt Bratteby, Head of the Department for International Relations in the Swedish Institute; Ms Rebecka Lettevall, Ph.D., Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at the Södertörn University in Stockholm; Mr Kazimierz Musiał, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Institute of Scandinavian Studies and Applied Linguistics at the University of Gdańsk and Anna Karlsdóttir, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio (Iceland). The discussion was inaugurated by Ambassador Wiesław Tarka and moderated by Mr Bernd Hemingway.
The speakers pointed at several factors that shape the regional identity, including geographical closeness, infrastructural links, trade, tourism, environment and history. It was emphasized that education might be key in the process of building a common Baltic identity. The speakers agreed that regional integration and cohesion brings economic benefits, as it helps to deepen the trust among partners.
The Baltic edition of ‘POLSKA in Almedalen 2016’ was concluded with a concert of leading Polish jazz guitarists Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki, performing famous themes from Polish movies.See more