EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (Milan, 1-2 December 2014)
A Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region will take place in Milan (Lombardy, Italy) on 1-2 December 2014, jointly organised by the Italian Presidency of the Council, the Lombardy Region and the European Commission.
The Conference marks the conclusion of an extensive on-line consultation with stakeholders held from 15 July until 15 October 2014. The debate and discussions in the Conference are aimed at supporting the preparation of the future Communication and Action Plan of the Strategy, which the Commission is due to present in June 2015.
The programme includes plenary sessions and workshops devoted to the three pillars of the Strategy: 1) Driving innovative growth; 2) Connecting the Region; and 3) Protecting the environment and promoting a sustainable management of energy and natural and cultural resources.
The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region will involve 7 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland. It will build on the experiences of the already existing macro-regional strategies: the European Strategy for the Danube Region and the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Scheduled speakers at the event include Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, the Foreign Ministers of the Countries involved and the Presidents of the Regions of the Alpine area.
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- The prolonged deadline for registrations is 25 November 2014.
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Growing closer to confront common challenges: 5th Annual Forum of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy
Tackling challenges from competitiveness to climate change and from energy to education, countries around the Baltic Sea are stepping up their cooperation as the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) moves into its fifth year.
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn will attend the Annual Forum on the EUSBSR and the 16th Baltic Development Forum Summit, which take place in Turku, Finland on 3-4 June. Many leaders, high-level politicians and experts, as well as key business figures are set to participate.
The Forum will be attended by over 1,000 representatives from the private sector, regional businesses, civil society, academia and media in the Baltic Sea Region, including from Russia, Norway and Iceland. The Forum will look to further improve co-operation within the Macro-Region under the theme “Growing Together - For a prosperous, inclusive and connected Baltic Sea Region.”
Commission launches discussion on governance of Macro-Regional Strategies
The European Commission has today published a report on the governance of the EU's Macro-Regional Strategies. The cooperation method of these Strategies has gained impetus and support across Europe since the first for the Baltic Sea Region was adopted in 2009. Common challenges are tackled by a number of countries - both EU and non EU members- working together, streamlining their resources to ensure an effective and joined -up response.
But today's report shows that while the results of individual projects and initiatives in the Baltic Sea and Danube regions are positive – even more political leadership and clearer decision-making is needed to build on the progress so far.
The report recommends changes to improve the impact, results and the sustainability of existing, and particularly future strategies – such as that of the Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine Regions which European Countries have asked for and should be adopted formally later this. This concerns primarily national and regional administrations, but also a wider range of stakeholders, and the European Commission itself.
Next month Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will attend the Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (3-4 June in Turku) and Forum on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (26-27. June in Vienna). Also a Communication and Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) will be adopted by the Commission in June 2014.
The European Commission coordinates the efforts of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. For news and information on the activities and progress of the Strategy as curated by the various stakeholders, please visit the EUSBSR's dedicated website at www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu.
The EUSBSR is the first comprehensive EU strategy to target a ‘macro-region’.
The eight EU countries that make up the Baltic Sea Region (Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) face several common challenges which are reflected in the jointly-agreed Action Plan for the Strategy. It includes a number of priority areas to save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity – each accompanied by concrete flagship projects as well as by clearly identified targets and indicators. The Strategy helps to mobilise all relevant EU funding and policies and coordinate the actions of the European Union, EU countries, regions, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions and non-governmental bodies to promote a more balanced development of the Baltic Sea Region.
The Commission publishes regular reports on the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Achievements so far include:
- Support for new projects, including cooperation between farmers to reduce eutrophication and improved planning for transport infrastructure;
- Greater involvement of Russian partners in areas like environmental protection, water quality and innovation;
- Improved cooperation between regions and other partners, including the private sector
Although the Strategy does not come with extra EU financing, a considerable amount of funding is already available to the region through EU regional policy, other EU programmes and financial instruments, and various international financial institutions. More information on funding may be found at the EUSBSR website.
To get in contact with the EUSBSR team in DG REGIO, please email REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu.
For more information on how to get in contact with EUSBSR stakeholders, please visit the EUSBSR website.