Since 1997, the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat has been hosted by Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB.SH). IB.SH’s CEO Dr. Michael Adamska noted that “We are doing our best to make sure that the initiatives of municipalities, authorities, universities and enterprises participating in cooperation projects are truly translated into the projects, and not into administration.”
Photos from projects across the Baltic Sea Region were part of a quiz, where the participants should guess where the photos were made. Music by composers from around the region was performed and regional food was served. The spirit of cooperation that has shaped lives and careers and that brings people closer together was apparent throughout the evening.
Ms Susanne Scherrer, Director of the Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme shared her personal story of Interreg. “For me, Interreg means much more than a financial tool to foster regional and territorial development, or to overcome physical borders. Interreg represents a mind-set, which I believe is the only possible mind-set for a successful European future.“
In an effort to demonstrate that ageing is really a topic that concerns everyone everybody had a chance to, and some really did try on an ageing suit and experienced that moving around, standing up and even drinking is not that easy with some visual and moving disabilities plus 20kg extra weight. The good thing was, after taking off the ageing suit everybody felt immediately much younger!
This was a truly international celebration of cooperation spirit, recalling the history of cooperation and looking into the future European working together.