The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue is a flagship within the EUSBSR Horizontal Action Neighbours and was carried out the first two years as a joint programme of the CBSS and Körber Foundation Germany. Together, they gather young Europeans from their respective networks, who are interested in the history of the Baltic Sea Region. Organising programmes in border areas of the region, the young participants get to know each others cultures, in order to reflect, discuss and explore their shared identity. Last year, in 2016, the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue was realised in partnership with the European Solidarity Centre (Gdansk, Poland) and the “Solidarity Academy”, exploring new types of cooperation and formats of the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue project.
The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue is important for building a discussion on Baltic Sea regional identity among this generation. The Körber Foundation’s history network for young Europeans EUSTORY has for years created such space for encounters and facilitated dialogue on shared history and future of Europe in regular international gatherings for young people.
This collaboration strengthens the work of both organisations. In the words of Gabriele Woidelko, responsible for European activities at the Körber Foundation: “For the Körber Foundation, the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue is an innovative concept to help young Europeans transcend national frontiers and understand Europe and its varying narratives of the past as an opportunity for intercultural dialogue. By exchanging with peers from more than 20 countries, representatives from public life, journalists, eye witnesses and experts, they come to terms with the underlying patterns of European identity and citizenship. We are particularly happy to organize the Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue together with the Council of the Baltic Sea States and in partnership with the Warmian-Masurian Voivodship; this cooperation supports us in our mission.”