EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Priority areas

Larger objectives of the Strategy have been indentified as Priority Areas of which each one has at least one administration acting as Priority Area Coordinator. Each Priority Area includes a number of Flagship Projects.

Guidance to the Priority Area Coordinators

Priority Area Coordinators – Meeting calendar

1. To reduce nutrient inputs to the sea to acceptable levels
  1.1. Remove phosphates in detergents in countries where this is not yet the case as recommended by HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, i.e. to prepare a timetable of phasing-out of use of phosphates in detergents
  1.2. Cleaner waste water
  1.3. Analyse results of pilot actions
  1.4. Putting best practices in agriculture into work
Baltic Deal
  1.5. Assessment of regional nutrient pollution load and identification of priority projects to reduce nutrient inputs from Belarus to the Baltic Sea
2. To preserve natural zones and biodiversity, including fisheries
 2.1. Create marine protected areas
 2.2. Restrict the introduction of new alien species by ships
 2.3. Establish measures to facilitate migration and reproduction of migratory fish species
3. To reduce the use and impact of hazardous substances
 3.1. Develop tools and indicators for the assessment of biological effects of anthropogenic chemical stress in the Baltic Sea
  3.2. Assess the need to clean up chemical weapons - Chemical weapons dumps in the Baltic
  3.3. Sustainable management of contaminated sediments
  3.4. Development of HELCOM Core Set Indicators
  3.5. Control of Hazardous Substances in the Baltic Sea Region
  3.6. Innovative Management of Hazardous Substances in the Baltic Sea Region
  3.7. Reduce the use of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in the Baltic Sea Region
  3.8. Make the Baltic Sea Region a lead in sustainable development for pharmaceuticals
4. To become a model region for clean shipping
 4.1. Promote measures to collect ship generated waste

Promote measures to reduce emissions from ships and enhance the development for shore side electricity facilities or for emission treatment in all major ports around the Baltic Sea

- Clean Baltic Sea Shipping



 4.3. Introduce differentiated port dues depending on the environmental impact of ships
 4.4. Eliminate the discharge of sewage from ships
 4.5. Improve the waste handling on board and in ports
 4.6. Conduct a feasibility study on LNG (liquefied natural gas) infrastructure for short sea shipping
5. To mitigate and adapt to climate change
 5.1. Anticipate regional and local impacts of climate change through research
 5.2. Implement fully the EU – Russia Energy Efficiency Initiative
 5.3. Create a network of sustainable cities and villages - EIB - ELENA
  5.4. Establish a regional adaptation strategy at the level of the Baltic Sea Region - BaltAdapt
6. To remove hindrances to the internal market in the Baltic Sea Region including to improve cooperation in the customs and tax area
 6.1. Remove remaining single market barriers
 6.2. Implement European space for maritime transport without borders in the Baltic Sea Region
 6.3. Increase the use of electronic signatures/e-identification
 6.4. Encourage sharing of competences between accreditation bodies
 6.5. Monitor implementation of the priorities of the EU-Russia strategy
  6.6. Monitor border situations
  6.7. Coordinate the use of the digital dividend
7. To exploit the full potential of the region in research and innovation
 7.1. Develop a Baltic Sea Region Programme for Innovation, Clusters and SME-Networks - BSRStars
 7.2. Create a Baltic Sea Fund for Innovation and Research
 7.3. Develop a common Baltic Sea Region strategy to promote services innovation
 7.4. Set up cross-sectoral reference projects for innovation in health and life sciences - ScanBalt
pdfScan Balt Position Paper: EU Framework Programme 8 and the Role of Macro-Regions
 7.5. Setting up a Baltic Science Link
8. Implementing the Small Business Act: to promote entrepreneurship, strengthen SMEs and increase the efficient use of human resources
 8.1. Promote young entrepreneurs
 8.2. Develop deeper cooperation on environmental technology to create new business opportunities
 8.3. Implement the project Sustainable Production through Innovation in Small and Medium sized Enterprises
 8.4. Make the Baltic Sea an eco-efficient region
 8.5. Make the most of the European Code of Best Practices Facilitating Access by SMEs to Public Procurement
 8.6. Make the Baltic Sea Region a leader in design
  8.7. Implement the Baltic Sea Labour Network project
  8.8. Cooperation between Public Employment services
9. To reinforce sustainability of agriculture, forestry and fisheries
 9.1. Develop and improve coordination and cooperation among Member States and stakeholders
 9.2. Eradicating discards
 9.3. Sustainable rural development
 9.4. Ensure sustainable fishing
  9.5. Encourage sustainable aquaculutre production methods
  9.6. Sustainable forest management in the Baltic Sea Region - EFINORD
  9.7. Network of institutions ofr management and conservation of plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Baltic Sea Region under changing climate conditions
  9.8. Establish a Forum for Inventive and Sustainable Manure Processing
  9.9. Recycling of phosphorus
  9.10. Reinforcement of animal health and disease control
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10. To improve the access to, and the efficiency and security of the energy markets
 10.1. Monitor the implementation of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP)
 10.2. Demonstration of coordinated offshore wind farm connection solutions
  10.3. Implement the Baltic Sea Region Bioenergy Promotion project
  10.4. Extend the Nordic electricity market model (NORDEL)
11. To improve internal and external transport links
 11.1. Complete the agreed priority transport infrastructures
 11.2. Implement the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics
 11.3. Develop the Baltic Motorways of the Seas network
 11.4. Shorter plane routes
 11.5. Cooperate for smarter transport
12. To maintain and reinforce attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region in particular through education and youth, tourism, culture and health
  12.1. Education: Enhance cooperation - on a voluntary basis - between the regional Universities of the Baltic Sea Region
  12.2. Education: BSR - Quick
  12.3. Identify barriers hampering mobility of researchers and students in the Baltic Sea Region and enhance cooperation in the Region in the area of mobility
  12.4. Education: Promote school exchanges and develop a ring of partner schools around the Baltic Sea
  12.5. Education: Baltic Training Programme (BTP)
  12.6. Education and Youth: Establish a youth resource centre
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  12.7. Tourism: Attract tourists to rural areas especially the coastal ones
  12.8. Tourism: Facilitate environmentally sustainable cruise vessels in the Baltic Sea
  12.9. Tourism and culture: Promote the cultural and natural heritage
  12.10. Tourism: Develop strategies for sustainable tourism
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  12.11. Health: Alcohol and drug prevention among youth
  12.12. Health: Improvement of public health by promotion of equitably distributed high quality primary health care systems
  12.13. Health: ICT for Health – Strengthening social capacities for the utilisation of eHealth technologies in the framework of the ageing population
13. To become a leading region in maritime safety and security
 13.1. Conduct a technical feasibility study on a Baltic Sea Coastguards Network
Become a pilot region for the integration of maritime surveillance systems PDF EN
Speed up re-surveying of major shipping routes and ports PDF EN
 13.4. Become a pilot region for e-navigation
 13.5. Create a network of centres of excellence for maritime training
  13.6. Develop a plan to reduce the number of accidents in fisheries
  13.7. Conduct a pre-study on possible funding for a formal risk assessment for liquefied natural gases (LNG) carriers in the Baltic Sea area
14. To reinforce maritime accident response capacity protection from major emergencies
 14.1. Assess volunteer troops for maritime pollution response, as well as maritime search and rescue operations
 14.2. Map existing marine pollution response capacities and make sub-regional plans for cross-border response cooperation
 14.3. For all main hazards of the Baltic Sea Region, including winter storms and floods, "develop scenarios and identify gaps" in order to anticipate potential disasters, thus enabling a rapid and effective EU response through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism
15. To decrease the volume of, and harm done by, cross border crime
 15.1. Conduct a threat assessment for the Baltic Sea Region
 15.2. Create a single national co-ordination centre
 15.3. Implementation of the Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime Regional Strategy 2010-2014
  15.4. Pool resources for the posting of liaison officers to third countries and international organisations
  15.5. Take preventive measures against trafficking in human beings