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F&L Baltic Region Meeting

(13) 14-15 May 2020
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14-15 May 2020 “One Europe: the beauty of harmony”

Relationships and developments in international trade flows between Europe, Russia & CIS, and Asia: what is the impact on the supply chain?

Practical discussions between supply chain and international trade stakeholders with manufacturers in the industrial and logistics heartland of the Baltic Region, crossroads of international trade between Europe, Russia, CIS, and Asia.  Key themes include:

    • How we can create sustainable growth through ‘harmonisation’ (working together) within Europe,  and with our partners in other continents?
    • Supply chain disruption – critical issues creating supply chain disruption and possible solutions.  Better harmonisation will improve trade flows; we look at some particular manufacturer examples and what is happening with transport modes in the wider region.  What will bring about change?
    • International trade flows with the Baltic region at the crossroads: understanding where we are and how the landscape will look in the future.  Three TEN-T cross this region within Europe, and there are also important developments in corridors outside this zone.
    • Manufacturer global supply chains – how does the Baltic region fits in?
    • Dialogue: Europe’s Green Deal.
    • Finance; how does the financial community impact international trade, global infrastructure and transport systems, and what influences their decision-making? 
    • Ongoing F&L themes – e-leadership, diversity (all forms), “sustainability” of our business models

We encourage open conversations in an informal atmosphere and journalists are not permitted.

The conference will be a mix of keynotes (geopolitical background & market developments), manufacturer insights (expert illustrations of supply chain developments), panel discussions and breakout groups for deep dive.


12-13 November 2020 “One Europe” continues

We are hosted by the United Nations Trade Development Team for our November meeting, which will be held in Geneva’s ‘Palais de Nations’ – discussions continue from May, and additional input from the World Economic Forum, and World Meteorological Organisation is planned.

Wednesday 13 May

19:30 – Pre conference networking dinner (all welcome, informal dress)

F&L Arrivals Programme – as most international flights stop en route, F&L will meet participants at Riga, Copenhagen and Warsaw airports on Wed 13 May.  A special waiting area is ready for F&L guests at each airport, and we have invited senior executives from Air Baltic, SAS and LOT Airlines to meet us there. We will take the short 45 minute flight on to Klaipėda (airport Palanga International) together, and are trying to arrange for Dancer’s fully electric bus to  collect us at the airport and take us to our hotels.  Times will be advised; please let us know if you have specific flight preferences in the meantime and we will do our best to accommodate.  


Thursday 14 May

10:00 – 17:00 Conference is located in a former Soviet tobacco factory which provides a fantastic space for manufacturer-led sessions, expert illustrations of supply chain developments, panel discussions, breakout groups and workshops, and a keynote on geopolitical background and market development.

19:30 Dinner (all welcome, venue will be advised)

22:30 “After Party” (all welcome)



Friday 15 May

09:30 – 14:00 Conference and lunch (optional breakfast and exchange with Lithuanian-Belarusian Forum to be confirmed)

14:00 F&L airport bus to Palanga International leaves conference in plenty of time for all international flights:

  • 15:10 International flights depart from Palanga International to a host of destinations via Riga (RIX) and Warsaw (WAW)
  • 16:45 International flights depart from Palanga International to a host of destinations via Copenhagen (CPH)



Spouses/partners of participants are warmly welcomed to the dinners on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and we usually arrange a tour for spouses on Friday morning.  

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Member’s rate (usual €400 + 21% Lithuanian VAT) – €484.00
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Non-member's rate (usual €1,250  + 21% Lithuanian VAT) – €1,512.50
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Wed 13 May, small contribution to informal networking dinner – €30.00.
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F&L hotel accommodation
We have reserved rooms in Klaipėda (breakfast included - details will shortly be available)

The role of F&L speakers is to bring expertise and stimulate audience discussion, please check back frequently for further speakers who will be shown here.  We look forward immensely to welcoming:


Raivo Vare is an Estonian statesman, businessman, economics and international transport logistics expert, and former Minister of State and Minister of Transport and Communications.  Mr. Vare has been or is currently member / (Vice) Chairman of numerous state committees and commissions, delegations, Boards of Think Tanks, Universities and foundations, different associations and NGOs.  He has held or is currently holding several senior executive or non-executive managerial positions in different state-owned and private companies in areas of transportation and logistics, communications, real estate, agriculture, commercial banking, financial and technology investments and start-up ecosystem development.  Mr Vare is consulting and writing analyses and articles, and lectures primarily on international, Russian and Estonian affairs, economics, infrastructure, transportation and logistics. He has no political party affiliation.  Raivo holds an EMBA cum laude from the Estonian Business School and a law degree summa cum laude from Tartu University.


Peter Vesterbacka is a Finnish mobile game developer and brand director of the educational game company Lightneer.  He is known for his work on Angry Birds titles, startup event Slushin (gathering of 25,000 curious minds, including 3,500 startups and 2,000 investors) and for his current development project to construct significant infrastructure with the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel and the four station areas in connection to the tunnel.



Kustaa Valtonen is an entrepreneur and Angel Investor in Finland. He holds Board positions with many companies, runs his own private investment company, coaches startups on a regular basis and works closely with accelerator/incubator programs like Startup Sauna. One of his current projects is the FinEstBayArea which intends to deliver economic growth to the region.



James Oates is CEO at Cicero Captial.  A 25 year investment veteran in emerging markets finance, he has experience with JP Morgan, Flemings, UBS, Lazard and UniCredit.  James is an active Adviser and Board Member of several European Fintech (using technology to make finance more efficient) companies, and has served as Advisor to several governments and stock exchanges in the region.  He is current President of the British Estonian Chamber of Commerce, and Honorary Consul of Croatia in Estonia. In 2007 he was decorated by the President of Estonia with the national order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.


Your ideas are also very welcome on people whom you would like to hear speak.

Who is this meeting for?  On 14-15 May 2020, the international F&L Forum will hold a Baltic Region meeting for senior decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics companies (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.  

Why is this international group coming to the Baltic Region?  

  • The Baltic Region countries (Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden) are at the crossroads of intercontinental trade flows between Europe, Russia and CIS, and Asia.  
  • Manufacturers rate this region as the most attractive in Europe (second only to China in the world).  
  • Estonia and Denmark lead Europe in digitalisation expertise; we want to learn. 
  • We would like to expand our networks and thinking. 
  • F&L member organisations are from varied industry sectors across Europe 47 countries; the Baltic Region is part of Northern Europe.

Why should I attend?  Discussing trade and supply chain strategy together in an open, professional and social atmosphere so that we can listen and learn from each other is a strong fundament for further growth.  

What is F&L?  F&L is an active international non-profit Forum.  We bring a diverse range of stakeholders across Council of Europe 47 countries to discuss international trade and the global supply chain.  We do not lobby, as that would imply that there is one right answer.

What can I expect?  You will not hear speakers trying to sell, or sharing long complex plans for their company’s development.  You will:

  • Listen and contribute to open discussions throughout the meeting (no-one can be quoted outside the room).
  • Be welcome to contribute your ideas and questions throughout.  This is a meeting where the audience contributes as much to the debate as the speakers do.
  • Engage in informal networking with senior business leaders.

Is there anyone who may not attend?  Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions are open throughout the meeting. 

Catering and transfers – dinners Wed 13th and Thursday 14th, lunches Thursday 14th and Friday 15th and various coffee breaks are included in the conference for all participants.  Where conference venues are not within walking distance, transfers are provided.  


  • €400 member companies
  • €1,250 non-member companies 
  • €0 manufacturers attending for the first time

There may sometimes be exceptions; please ask 

Location – you will join us in Klaipėda, a charming city in Lithuania with strong manufacturing traditions, a highly educated workforce and core TEN-T status.


Flights Klaipėda is easily reached with flights to Palanga International Airport, which usually stop briefly in Riga, Copenhagen or Warsaw.  


F&L International Arrivals Programme – as international flights mainly stop en route, F&L will meet participants at Riga, Copenhagen and Warsaw airports on Wed 13 May (time to be advised – please try to keep the day free).  A special waiting area is ready for F&L guests at each airport, and we have invited senior executives from Air Baltic, SAS and Lot Airlines to meet us there. We will take the short 45 minute flight on to Klaipėda (airport Palanga International) together, and are trying to arrange for Dancer’s fully electric bus to  collect us at the airport and take us to our hotels.


Boutique hotel accommodation is booked across the city, all within a short walk. You will receive a warm welcome, good prices and individually-styled rooms with plenty of character.  Reservation info will come shortly.

This list is coming soon; please check back. In the meantime, the participants of F&L’s meeting held in November 2019 represented business leaders in:

A2B Online Container
Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance
ALIS (Logistic Association of Sustainable Intermodality)
Amber Road
Arcese Trasporti
Baltic Rail
Billiet & Co
BJ Solutions
BLS Cargo
Bulk Logistic Solutions
Burgo Group
C. H. Robinson Europe
Cabot Corporation
Chemical Express
CHEP Europe
CLdN Cargo
Combined Cargo Terminals
DFDS Logistics
DHL Global Forwarding
Direct Rail Services
ECS European Containers
Electrolux Italia
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone
Francesco Parisi Group
Freight Leaders’ Council Italy
Geba Trans
Government Italian Republic
Grimaldi Group
Hafen Hamburg Marketing
HHLA Estonia
Hupac Intermodal
i-Point Systems
Ineos Styrolution Europe
Intesa Sanpaolo
Invista Resins & Fibers
Klaipėda Free Economic Zone
Klaipėda ID
Kuehne Logistics University
Kühne + Nagel Estonia
LKW-Walter International
MBS Logistics
Mondi Group
Move Intermodal
N+P Group
Plymouth University
Port of Antwerp
Port of Valencia
Ports of Naples & Salerno
Pronk Consultancy
Propeller Club
Rhenus Port Logistics
SABIC Petrochemicals
Samskip Multimodal
SBB Cargo International
SRM Maritime Observatory
Stena Line
Stora Enso
Tim Consult
Transfesa Logistics
Transped Europe
TT Club
Unit 45
Universidad de los Andes
Vlantana Group
Vos Bulk Logistics
VTG Rail Europe
World Economic Forum
World Food Programme

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