The new UBC Bulletin has been published

The autumn edtition of the Baltic Cities Bulletin is entitled “Inclusive and healthy cities”.

The stories prove clearly the urbanization creates opportunities, but at the same time inequalities and exclusion remain a challenge.
How can we prevent them? How can we ensure social, spatial and economic inclusion? Our cities share their experiences in the Bulletin’s pages.

European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

UBC works strenuously to implement the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). UBC is one of the coordinators of the Horizontal Action (HA) “Capacity”. The other coordinators are the Baltic Sea NGO Network and the Swedish Institute.

The task of the Horizontal Action “Capacity” is to increase the project capacity, skills and competence of all stakeholders involved in the Strategy, through the training programs. Many are not accustomed to working internationally, and there are always new people and new generations emerging. The other dimension of the Horizontal Action “Capacity” is to ensure broad participation of local and regional authorities as well as all other stakeholders.

UBC Strategy Coordinator Mikko Lohikoski retires from the City of Turku’s service

After fifteen years in the City of Turku’s service, UBC Strategy Coordinator Mikko Lohikoski resigns at the end of September from his post as a Director and Senior adviser to the Mayor of Turku, after having reached the uppermost age limit of a civil servant.

Mikko Lohikoski will most likely continue to work for Turku and the Baltic Sea region in a new role to be specified.


The 3rd meeting in 2016 of the Gender Equality Working Group will be held in Stockholm, in conjunction with the 7th Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region "One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region", 8-9 November 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Brewery Conference Centre

Agenda of the Gender Equality Working Group Meeting

Baltic Executive Programme 2016

The Swedish Institute announced Baltic Executive Programme 2016.
BEP is a new leadership programme designed to tackle the question of how to unleash the full potential of transnational cooperation.
The programme targets local and regional authorities with genuine interest in Baltic Sea Region cooperation.

All interested in participating in this program should  contact as soon as possible Mr Mikael Olsson at the Swedish Institute.

Christmas Festival

A musical delight to music admirers at the Small Hall of Dzintari Concert Hall. One may supplement the event with a pleasant walk in fresh air along the beach either before or after the concert.     
Location: Dzintari Concert Hall  /  Dzintari

Christmas tree lighting

A symbolic Christmas tree lighting along with a beautiful Christmas concert programme will be organised in Jūrmala, Dubulti Square in the anticipation of Christmas. Later on the event will be continued with an extensive Christmas season offer throughout December at culture centres, exhibition halls and churches of the city.           
Location: Dubulti

Jūrmala MTB Marathon

The goal of Jūrmala MTB Marathon is to promote MTB (mountain bike) cycling sports in Latvia and Jūrmala City, as well as to popularise an active and healthy lifestyle. Overall two distances will be available to the participants of Jūrmala MTB Marathon: Sports/Public Distance (from 40 km up to 50 km) and Health Distance (from 20 km up to 30 km).