UBC’s Executive Board met in St. Petersburg

The 83rd Executive Board Meeting of the UBC was held on 23–26 April 2019 in St. Petersburg. On the meeting agenda were, among others, preparations for the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas on 15–18 October 2019, 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Gdańsk in June, proposal of cooperation with VASAB, WG on Gender Equality project proposal, Shore Power and the Cruise Industry, The Baltic Sea House initiative, Anti-radicalisation BOX project, Empowering participatory budgeting in the Baltic Sea region, and UBC budget 2019.

In addition, the UBC welcomed a new member city, Municipality of Jonava from Lithuania, and accepted a new UBC partner from Dierre/Smartdoor.

Chairman of the Committee for External Relations Evgeny D. Grigoriev welcomed the UBC Executive Board to St. Petersburg, one of the founding members of the Union.

– City of St. Petersburg is happy to host the Board meeting of the UBC. We have many common issues around the Baltic Sea, concerning for example youth and environmental protection – these are important to all Baltic Sea countries. We hope that through this meeting we can open up new ways of cooperation all across the Baltic Sea.

One of the presentations made by St. Petersburg’s representatives concerned the Vodakanal environment protection plant, which was also one of the destinations for study visits during the Executive Board meeting. The Vodakanal also does important educational work by teaching children about water protection. Other presentations by the hosts included e.g. Friends of the Baltic.

Of the UBC Commissions, the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission and the Youthful Cities Commission presented their current work to the Board and the St. Petersburg hosts. The youth will again have a strong involvement in the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Gdańsk as well as the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas.

– In Kaunas, there will not be separate conference for youth but only one conference where the young are with us also as speakers and panelists. This is very important if we wish to truly involve young people in our organization, work and societies, stated Carsten Adamsen, Chair of the Youthful Cities Commission.

Matti Mäkelä, Chair of UBC Task Force on Youth Employment and Well-being, invited all UBC member cities and partners to register by 10 May to the conference “Supporting Youth Employment and the Implementation of the Youth Guarantee – The Good, The Bad and The Next Practices from Baltic Sea Region”. The Conference will be held in the Committee of the Regions on 20 May 2019. The UBC Executive Board reviewed and accepted the UBC budget proposal for 2019, presented by the Secretary General Paweł Żaboklicki.

The next meeting of the UBC Executive Board will be held during the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas in October.

More information about the 83rd Executive Board Meeting in Brussels: http://ubc.net/ubc-events/83rd-ubc-executive-board-meeting-st-petersburg

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