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The Hanseatic-Parliament (Hanse-Parlament) and its sister organization, the Baltic Sea Academy, are two networks of, respectively, 50 chambers of commerce, industry, and crafts, and 15 universities, from 13 countries. Both networks aim to promote small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and strengthen the link between SMEs and Research & Development (R&D) institutions. While the networks maintain close cooperation with the public sector in partner countries, both are non-governmental and non-profit organizations.
In working to bring people and opportunities closer together, the Hanseatic Parliament tasks include to initiate outstanding qualification in the BSR, and promote SMEs. These efforts are complemented by the Baltic Sea Academy, whose goal it is to enhance education, qualification, innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer by constantly developing new approaches to bridging the gap between the business and the academic world.
How do we do this?
There are two main parts to our work. On the one hand, we act as a think tank for our members. If a local company faces a challenge, they usually contact their local business chamber and in most cases the colleagues on-site can already provide the required service. However, sometimes a broader approach is needed. And is where we come in. The different member chambers can always inform the Hanseatic-Parliament about challenges their businesses are facing. We then locate the right partners or experts to work out a solution, or sometimes simply gather information on best practices to the problem at hand already developed in other countries. The solution we work out will then be forwarded to the respective chamber, which in turn informs their businesses and supports the implementation process.
On the other hand, both, the Hanseatic-Parliament and the Baltic Sea Academy, regularly implement several EU-funded projects. Among those are, for example, flagship projects within the E
It all started with a handshake, when our Chairman Dr. Jürgen Hogeforster set out for his trip around the Baltic Sea Region in the early 1990s to attract partners to his newest project. With the Hanseatic League of the Middle Ages in mind, he wanted to re-establish the close cooperation between the countries of the BSR that once prevailed. While the Hanseatic League was a commercial confederation and operated on a much wider geographical scale, the Hanseatic-Parliament has limited its focus to the BSR and support of SMEs. Nevertheless, what has remained of the old idea is the close cooperation with guilds and chambers of commerce, industry, and crafts, and most importantly the aspiration to foster a common Hanseatic identity beyond national borders.
Two decades later, much has happened. The Hanseatic-Parliament was registered as an association in 2004, its headquarters, once located in Copenhagen, moved to Hamburg, and the Baltic Sea Academy, as a sister organization to the Hanseatic-Parliament, was founded in 2010.
However, what has not changed is, that 99% of all businesses in Europe are SMEs and hence build the economic and social backbone of our region. These companies are the key drivers for economic growth, innovation, employment, and social integration. In a Europe that seems to be growing ever more apart, what is needed, is a strong support for these businesses, acknowledging the shared challenges, common goals, and the benefit of learning from each other.
Therefore, the Hanseatic-Parliament’s mission is still valid today. As a central hub within our network, we act as a think tank for our members. We discuss and work on local challenges with our partners on an international scale, while the solutions are implemented again on the local level. This loop back to the local level is crucial to us, as we believe that there are no universal solutions. Blueprints can be used as a guide but always must be adapted to local specifics and characteristics. In line wi
|Founded||Active network since 1994; Registered association since 2004|