Cross border meeting in Hanko

BACES is now up and running ful speed and the second cross-border seminar was hosted by Hanko Municipality in Finland on the 14-15 October 2010. This seminar gathered more than 30 participants from seven different coastal areas in Sweden, Estonia and Finland. 

After the welcome speech and the short introduction to Hanko by the mayor of the municipality of Hanko, Mr Jouko Mäkinen and by hosts in Hanko, the BACES project coordinator Anna Jacobson presented the latest news from the project and presented the graphical profile of the project, a first step in the communication of the project. The logo presents the geographical locations of the seven BACES and partners of the project.

On the agenda of this two day meeting was group-discussions on the different themes Accessibility, Economy and Environment. Students from Novia University were taking part in the different meetings,  presenting  their student work concerning tourism and accessibility in Hanko and Raasepori.

Study visits

On the programme was also an excursion to get introduced to Hanko and its planned activities and targets in BACES. For the WP 2, the accessibility, the guests visited the West harbour where Mr Paavo Lyytikäinen, port director told about harbours in Hanko.  For the WP 4, the environment, there were a visit to Tulliniemi which is Nature reserve area and to Hauensuoli, an island which has valuable history with the cliff gravings made by sailors from the centuries. For WP 3, the economy, the study visit focused to Hangonkylä harbour where fisherman Magnus Ekström is running fish business. The official Hanko-guide, Ms Leena Immonen was guiding lively and told to the guests interesting stories about Hanko.

The one and a half-day seminar seemed to be far too short time to the meetings, discussions and the study visits. Still the seminar proved that the partners have much common to go for. There is a lot of work do to reach to the goals but it will be easier when the partners are co-operating.

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