'Baltic Horizons': EU Accession Of The Baltic States

This event will be the largest expansion to date of the EU creating the largest Single Market for trade and investment in the world. The fledgling Baltic economies are also an established gateway to Russia and have strong links with the entrepreneurial countries of Scandinavia. The next few years will be critical for any party seeking to have an influence in these markets and to draw from the practices that have allowed them to change so radically.





  • Investigate the implications for global industry of EU accession by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  • Understand the nature and potential for manufacturing in the Baltic States
  • Critical analysis of the benefits and considerations for foreign investment in the region
  • Foster international links between companies of all industries and those within the area
  • Raise awareness of the Baltic region to multinational companies around the world.


A team of approximately 30 Manufacturing Engineering Masters graduates and staff will complete a two-week tour in the Baltic region from 30th June to 11th July 2003. During this period, the team will visit and analyse up to 40 manufacturing organisations in the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The companies to be visited include local and multinational firms. The tour will build on a foundation of research and analysis to be carried out by the team in Cambridge.


Symposium and Report

The detailed findings of the project will be communicated in two ways:

  • A symposium on the 18th July 2003 providing detailed analysis of the investigation themes
  • A comprehensive written report.

The group's research focuses around four main themes:


Investigation Themes


Issues of trade and investment including:

  • effects on existing marketstrade routes
  • relationship between other European countries and the Baltic State
  • ssupply chains
  • remaining trade barriers.

Manufacturing best practice

Examples of manufacturing best practice from successful industries operating in the Baltic States, particularly in relation to the influence of nearby Scandinavian countries, technology and human resource factors.



The use of e-business solutions by manufacturing industry in terms of:

  • systems chosen and their benefits and drawbacks
  • implementation issues
  • the future perception of e-business solutions.



Sustainable development in the Baltic countries in relation to:

  • foreign investment
  • local operations
  • infrastructure
  • access to energy
  • local awareness of legislation
  • government
  • community attitudes.

Benefits to Sponsorship

The project will provide the most up-to-date analysis and information on manufacturing industry in the Baltic region including:


Detailed report of the implications for global industry of EU accession by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

  • Comparative analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the three countries as sites for industry relocation
  • Commentary on the issues remaining for the Baltic States to accede to the EU
  • Knowledge of the skill base and resources available in the area
  • Prominent publicity of sponsoring company both at home and abroad


We would like to thank our generous sponsors in supporting the tour and also those of the MET course (please click logos to go to their website):


Project Main Sponsors


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Project Co-Sponsors


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Course Sponsors





Other Contributions


Frank Denning Memorial Charity

  • Privileged access to an elite group of manufacturing students for recruitment
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