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Port issues presented at the meeting of the Baltic Sea Maritime Working Group in Oulu

The Maritime Working Group of the Baltic Sea Commission of CPMR, the cooperation organization for the European peripheral maritime regions, met on June 3-4 in Oulu. The topic of the meeting was the role of ports in the Baltic Sea.

At the event, a review of the security situation in the Baltic Sea was heard by the former intelligence chief of the Defense Forces, MP Pekka Toveri, as well as presentations from the ports of Oulu and Stockholm and the Raahe Region Development. In the new TEN-T regulation, the port of Oulu has been promoted from the comprehensive network to core network.

“Ports have been an important topic on the Maritime Working Group’s agenda during this EU mandate period, and due to the security policy situation in the Baltic Sea, their importance will be even more emphasized in the future. It is also important to secure a sufficient level of CEF funding to support port investments. The participation of our key partner regions in the meeting of the maritime working group in Oulu was particularly valuable,” states Sari Nurro, chairman of the maritime working group and member of the provincial board of North Ostrobothnia.

On Tuesday, June 4th, the Working Group visited the port of Raahe, where the role of the port at the center of the energy transition and wind power transport in Oulu Region was presented. The port of Raahe has grown to become one of Finland’s busiest ports thanks to wind power transports.

“The visit to the port of Raahe was an interesting experience for the representatives of the partner regions to see the operation of a versatile energy and circular economy port in practice,” continues Nurro.