This local event is organised by PASSAGE partnership at the occasion of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), on 6 September 2017.

Title of the event

Connecting people across maritime borders

Description of the event

During half a day, this local event in Tallinn will focus on the need to connect people across maritime borders, as part of an interregional seminar of PASSAGE project (supported by Interreg Europe programme). Through testimonies from Finnish and Estonian representatives of public institutions and civil society, the event will highlight the existing forms of connections between people on each side of the Gulf of Finland and question the need to develop new approaches to cross-border cooperation, especially when it comes to societal challenges such as climate change mitigation.


9:30-10:00 - Registration

10:00-10:05 - Welcome by host, Ms Ülle Rajasalu, Harju County Governor

10:05-10:15 - Welcome by chair, Mr Mart Võrklaev, Mayor of Rae Municipality, member of the Committee of the Regions

10:15-10:35 - Intervention of Ms Krista Katriina Kiuru, Member of Finnish Parliament, former Minister of Housing and Communications and Education and Communications – To be confirmed

10:35-10:55 - Intervention of Mr Kristen Michal, Member of Estonian Parliament, former Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications

10:55-11:10 - A cross-border approach to action; PASSAGE project presentation

11:10-11:40 - Linking people over the strait, case study of Øresund, Professor Christian Wichmann Matthiessen – To be confirmed

11:35-12:30 - Panel: Connecting people, cross-border cooperation and sustainable development
Panellists – To be confirmed:

  • Rain Kooli, journalist in Estonian National Broadcasting and Finnish Freelance Journalists RY
    Professor Christian Wichmann Matthiessen
  • Krista Kampus, Senior Adviser and Head of the Sustainable Development Unit – Baltic 2030, The Council of the Baltic Sea States
  • Merike Niitepõld, Head of Managing Authority, Central Baltic Programme

Moderator: Kaarel Kose, policy adviser, Harju County Government

The participants will be able to make the debate alive by asking questions to the panellists through connected devices.



Online registration is open to all from 10 July to 25 August.