Extracts from the common statement on the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea area, extracts from the plenary session of the EP
The European Commission adopted a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region on 10 June 2009.
This followed a request from the EU Member States. Since the EU enlargement of 2004, challenges facing the Region of the Baltic Sea have increased. Escalating environmental threats, gaps in economic development and poor transport accessibility are issues which need to be tackled urgently. The Strategy aims at coordinating action by Member States, regions, the EU, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions and non-governmental bodies to promote a more balanced development of the Region.
The four cornerstones of the Strategy are to make this part of Europe more:
1. Environmentally sustainable (e.g. reducing pollution in the sea);
2. Prosperous (e.g. promoting innovation in small and medium enterprises);
3. Accessible and attractive (e.g. better transport links);
4. Safe and secure (e.g. improving accident response).
The proposal is being discussed by the European Parliament and Member States.
Agreement is expected by the end of 2009. It is also one of the priority issues for the Swedish EU Presidency. SHOTLISTSHOTLIST