Macro-regional strategies in the European Union
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This paper starts with an analysis of the macro-regional concept as applied in the European Union. After discussing issues of definition, objectives and resources, it summarises the essential content of a strategy, sets it in the context of the territorial cohesion concept and looks forward to the possible evolution of the approach in the future. The next section reviews the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), focusing on those elements that, in the opinion of the Commission, have most contributed to its so far successful development. Finally, the EUSBSR experience is applied to the concept to summarise the essential issues to be addressed in developing new macro-regional strategies.
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