80 young adults took part in the virtual Baltic Sea Youth Camp

Due to Covid-19, the Baltic Sea Youth Camp 2020 had to move from a physical event, planned back to back with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Annual Forum in Turku, Finland to an online event. The 4-day-event was changed into a 2-day-webinar on June 12 and 13 with interactive sessions. 

About 80 participants were welcomed by the Danish Foreign Minister, Jeppe Kofod, who talked about his own experience growing up on the island of Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 

Dr. Tobias Etzold, an expert on Northern Europe gave a presentation on “Baltic Sea Cooperation in Challenging Times – Chances, Added Value and Perspectives”. The presentation was followed by an active discussion with participants on various aspects of life and politics in our region. 

The event continued with a panel discussion on youth and leadership in the Baltic Sea Region. Four experts were talking about their experience on youth involvement and how to improve it from both sides: decision-makers and youth . 

Participants were also given the chance to watch the “Nordic Pulse Documentary”, an example of young musicians connected by the sea and united through culture: the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

The second day was devoted to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and started with a virtual breakfast and a lecture on the macro-regional strategies. Afterwards four workshops by Horizontal Action Coordinators and Policy Area Coordinators were offered. The participants could choose between Education, Neighbours, Culture and Security. 

Read more on the Baltic Sea Youth Platform website.