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Baltic Sea Cultural Gathering conference “Culture as a driving force for social and economic development of the region” in Gdańsk
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland invited all cultural practitioners from the Baltic Sea Region for the Baltic Sea Cultural Gathering that was held from the 15th to the 18th of September in Gdańsk.
The Gathering was organized as the main event of the Polish Presidency in CBSS within the framework of the “Creativity” priority. The event consisted of the Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Baltic Sea States, a series of back-to-back meetings of all key cultural organizations in the region and the Conference „Culture as a driving force for social and economic development of the Baltic Sea Region”.
The conference focused on showcasing the evidence of impact of culture on society and economy of the region and its development. During two days filled with discussions and workshops, participants tried to collect hard data as well as methods for enhanced communication between cultural, financial and administrative sectors that sometimes do not fully grasp the importance of culture for regional growth.

The 21th meeting of the NDPC Steering Committee took place on September 18 at Maritime Cultural Centre, Gdańsk. The Host of the meeting shared the Baltic Sea Cultural Gathering conference news, including information about the Ministerial meeting (Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the Baltic Sea States) on September 16. The main issues discussed: the adoption process of the legally binding agreement on establishing the international secretariat of NDPC; preliminary planning for 2016 activities; potential EU co- funding to some of NDPC's activities, as well as planning for upcoming NDPC's events in 2015: the Network of Networks event (Focus Group meeting) in Krakow on November 3 and NDPC Forum Culture as Factor of Growth in St. Petersburg on December 16-18 (Registration as well as more information on The Steering Committee also transferred the Chairmanship of the NDPC from Poland to Russia (co-chairmanship – Sweden) for 2016 and Russia presented its draft activity plan.

Broader geographic focus for NEFCO

NEFCO will restart its investment operations in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This was decided at NEFCO's board meeting on September 23 in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

"The decision will enable NEFCO to provide loan financing from its Investment Fund for environmental projects in the private sector in the countries concerned with immediate effect. NEFCO has solid experience from environmental investments in Poland and the Baltic countries from the 1990's. Apart from updating the geographic mandate, NEFCO's Board of Directors is, in close co-operation with NEFCO's management, preparing a new strategy for the corporation in order to boost Nordic investments in green growth and climate mitigation.

The current difficult economic situation in NEFCO's two main countries of operation, namely Russia and Ukraine, has triggered a comprehensive discussion on the geographic focus of NEFCO's activities in the future. The conclusion of this discussion is that the core of NEFCO's investment activities will also in the future be focused on the Baltic Sea, Barents and the Arctic regions. Moreover, NEFCO will maintain a strong presence in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Today's decision is, however, an attempt to explore new ground in Eastern Europe by providing loan capital for relevant green growth investments of interest to the owner countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden."

NDPC CCI Focus Group Meeting

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) arranged a focus group discussion/ brainstorm meeting in Krakow, November 3 on the possible development paths for NDPC. The meeting took place a day before the CBSS Polish Presidency’s Conference “Mastering the Game – Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers. Baltic Sea Perspective.”
The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) has produced a study paper in 2015 for NDPC “1 Dimensions – Trends and Challenges in Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI) Policy Development within the Northern Dimension Area” analyzing the CCI developments in the Northern Dimension area, as well as indicating the challenges for NDPC.
NDPC has been working on its strategies, including possible focus on CCI cross-sectorial spillover development and CCI networks’ development. However, giving the swift developments in the CCI sector and development of quite similar often parallel events, NDPC feels that there is a need for NDPC finding its more special intervention focus.

Upcoming Events
17th Baltic Development Forum Summit
17th Baltic Development Forum Summit will be held in Copenhagen on November 23. The 2015 edition of the State of the Region Report will provide a comprehensive review of the latest economic trends and developments. Also will be discused how the Juncker Plan might boost investment in the Baltic Sea Region. Other topics on the agenda are the conditions for business - is the Baltic Sea Region still relevant on a global market? - and the potential for further developing the digital sectors. Finally also will be taken stock of the current regional collaboration. The past year has brought new challenges both globally and in our region. How do we respond to these new developments?
Programme and registration:
Creative Future / Nordic Summit 2015
KreaNord Closing Conference will be held in Helsinki on November 30 – December 1. KreaNord has been fostering Nordic cooperation for cultural and creative industry development during 2008-2015. The closing conference of KreaNord is also the launch pad for the Nordic Lighthouse project on culture and creativity for growth. Creative Future/Nordic Summit 2015 is a thriving meeting place for creative, public, political, innovation and business sectors.
Programme and registration:
European Culture Forum 2015
European Culture Forum 2015 will be held in Brussels on 26-27 November. The European Culture Forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission, aimed at raising the profile of European cultural cooperation, uniting the sector's key players, taking stock the European Agenda for Culture's implementation, and sparking debate on EU culture policy and initiatives.  The event, also a major networking opportunity, will highlight culture's role in breeding talent and creativity. The Forum will reflect on culture's contribution to the new Commission's priorities such as innovation, growth and jobs; the digital single market; social cohesion and intercultural dialogue; and Europe's position on the global scene.
More information:
2nd International Forum in the Framework of NDPC ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’
On 17th December 2015, Saint Petersburg will be hosting the 2nd International Forum in the framework of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’. Forum is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The event will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the North-West Federal regions of Russia, experts in the field of creative industries and cultural tourism of the Northern Dimension. The main objectives of the Forum are to discuss development prospects of creative economy, and analyze projects in the "creative industries", as well as cultural tourism in the "Northern Dimension" Region.
The focus of the Forum is to review social and economic changes resulting from the development of the industry, successful projects, the results of analytical research, the trends and strategies of "creative industries" and cultural tourism in the "Northern Dimension" region.
Registration and more information:
More information on NDPC and culture and creative industries news and events on NDPC website
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