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Warsaw stands at the helm of the Baltic Sea Community

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City of Warsaw
City of Warsaw

The Mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, has been appointed acting chairman of the BaltMet Network at the Mayor's conference held in Tallinn. As a result, the city of Warsaw becomes Stockholm's chosen successor to lead the Baltic Sea Community for the next couple of years.

The BaltMet association is a casual coalition of the Metropolitan Baltic Sea States with the aim of promoting harmonious relations between the Baltic Capitals, Warsaw included.

The association occurs on different levels and in many forms, for example – a working group meets to share experiences, promotes activities or lobbies for the implementation of specific programs such as the European Territorial cooperation, the 7th framework program Culture 2007.

The BaltMet exerts influence on the preparation of the Development strategy for the EU Baltic Sea Community which has been the fastest growing and most innovative region in the European Union.

The expansion of the European Union to the Baltic States has generated a fresh geopolitical reality. As the Capitals are vitally important for the Baltic States' national economies, the development of these cities is of great importance.

Thanks to its effective management techniques, the BaltMet has received immediate attention and numerous financial assistance from the European Union Commission Inter-reg Program over the years.

The BaltMet's projects will clear the way for a better cooperation between the Baltic metropolises on strategic issues in the entire region. Coupled with the implementation of the Regional Development Strategy of the Baltic Sea, these activities are at the top of the agenda during the Polish presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2011.