What is the B7 Baltic Islands Network?
The B7 is a co-operation of the 7 largest islands in the Baltic Sea from 5 different countries that began in 1989.
The Partners are:
Bornholm (Denmark), Gotland (Sweden), Hiiumaa (Estonia), Rügen (Germany), Saaremaa (Estonia),
Åland (autonomous region of Finland), Öland (Sweden).
The Vision for the B7 islands:
The long-term vision for the islands can be explained quite simply as:
- The islands find themselves with a richer, smarter and happier population.
- The islands are also more in control of their own destiny than in 1990.
The Mission of the B7:
The B7 aims to use its strengths to promote the strategic goals of the islands.
The B7 islands believe that they can better serve the interests of the islanders and achieve more as a co-operation than alone.
Principles of membership:
- Each member is a Baltic Sea island.
- Each island contributes to the co-operation based on population size.
- The B7 co-operation is a partnership of equals.
These two decision making bodies of the B7 are:
- Steering Committee - the political body, is made up of leading politicians from the islands, normally the mayor or governor.
- Board - the management body comprises senior executives from public administration.
They are supported by:
Annual Conference: is the focal point of the B7 year. The Annual Conference is a forum with the purpose to convene all the members of the B7 once a year to review the past year and agree the plans for the coming year within the framework of a B7 Strategy. The Annual Conference consists of, as a minimum, a Steering Committee meeting, Board Meeting and open plenary sessions for debate and discussion.
Previous B7 Chairmanships:
In 2000 introduced a rotating chairmanship and secretariat which moves from island to island:
Island size and population (2007):
BORNHOLM: Area: 587 km², Population: 41,000
GOTLAND: Area: 3,140 km², Population: 57,300
HIIUMAA: Area: 1019 km², Population: 10,000
RÜGEN: Area: 976 km², Population: 70,260
SAAREMAA: Area: 2,922 km², Population: 36,600
ÖLAND: Area: 1,342 km², Population: 24,500
ÅLAND ISLES: Area: 1,527 km², Population: 26,923