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Russia’s role in Baltic Sea region to dominate Baltic Business Forum

October 16, 2013, 9:04 UTC+3

This year the forum’s theme is Europe: North, East - Business without Borders

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SWINOUJSCIE, October 16 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s role in enhancing economic cooperation in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe will dominate the Baltic Business Forum in Swinoujscie, northwestern Poland, which brings together around 300 politicians, experts and entrepreneurs, including regional representatives of Russia’s majors Inter RAO UES, Rosatom, Russian Railways and Aeroflot.

This year the forum’s theme is Europe: North, East - Business without Borders. The forum will be unveiled by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who will kick off a discussion focusing on barriers to stronger economic cooperation between Europe’s north and east. Representatives of economic ministries from countries of the Baltic Sea region will continue the discussion.

Delegates will discuss Moscow’s policy in the Baltic Sea region, influence of Russia’s investments on the region’s development and problems in building good neighborly relations.

The forum’s second day will focus on support for small and medium business and export promotion. Delegates will also discuss Poland’s defense industry and deeper cooperation in this sphere with the Scandinavian countries as well as with Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

The third, final day of the forum will be devoted to Ukraine. Delegates will in particular discuss Ukraine’s market development, much-needed reforms, the signing of an association agreement with the European Union, creation of a free trade zone and relations with Russia and other member-states of the Customs Union - Kazakhstan and Belarus.

The Baltic Business Forum held since 2009 is organized by the Europe-North-East Association and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. It seeks to enhance the European Union‘s interaction with its eastern neighbors and to support entrepreneurs at the international level. 

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