EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

On October 26, 2009 the European Council endorsed the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The main raison d'être of the strategy is to bring closer together the eight countries of the region with the population of nearly 100 million people. EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is a macro regional strategy that aims at establishing a cleaner and more sustainable environment, increase competitiveness and accessibility as well as contribute to making the Baltic Sea Region safer. The Strategy for the Baltic Sea includes 15 priority areas that lie within the following thematic pillars: an environmentally sustainable region, a prosperous region, an accessible and attractive region and a safe and secure region.


The topic "An environmentally sustainable region" covers the following priority areas:


1)  to reduce nutrient inputs to the sea to acceptable levels;

2) to preserve natural zones and biodiversity including fisheries;

3) to reduce the use and impact of hazardous substances;

4) to become a model region for clean shipping;

5) to mitigate and adapt to climate change.


The topic "A prosperous region" includes the following priority areas:


6) to remove hindrances to the internal market in the Baltic Sea Region;

7) to exploit the full potential of the region in research and innovation;

8) implementing the Small Business Act, to promote entrepreneurship, strengthen SMEs and increase the efficient use of human resources;

9) to reinforce sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishing.


The topic "An accessible and attractive region" covers the following priority areas:


10) to improve the access to, and the efficiency and security of, the energy markets;

11) to improve internal and external transport links;

12) to maintain and reinforce the attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region in particular through education, tourism and health.


The topic "A safe and secure region" regroups the following priority areas:


13) to become a leading region in maritime safety and security;

14) to reinforce protection from major emergencies at sea and on land;

15) to decrease the volume of, and harm done by, cross-boarder crime.


All EU programs that operate within the Baltic Sea Region should contribute to achieving the objectives set up by the Strategy in a best possible way. This means for instance that projects implemented within the program North and that support the Strategy, will be reported under respective priority areas set by the Strategy.


A coordinator (or a group of coordinators) have been assigned to monitor all the activities within each of the priority areas.



Read more on the EU Commission webpage 



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