EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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    800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and business will meet in Berlin on 13 and 14 June for the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region entitled 'Connectivity'

    Stakeholders from all around the Baltic Sea region will gather to discuss the development and cooperation region on a wide range of themes ranging from regional development, smart specialisation, sustainable blue growth, the environmental state of the Baltic Sea, digitalization, transport connectivity , and cooperation with neighbours.

    Programme of the event: http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/8th-annual-forum

    Follow the debate on Twitter: #EUSBSR

    The registration for the 8th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is launched. The event, under the main theme 'Connectivity', will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany together with the CPMR - Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission on 13-14 June 2017 in Berlin.

    800 stakeholders from all around the Baltic Sea region will gather to discuss the development and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region on a wide range of themes ranging from regional development, smart specialisation, sustainable blue growth, the environmental state of the Baltic Sea, digitalization, and transport connectivity to cooperation with neighbours.

    The deadline for registration is the 26nd May and the number of seats is limited!

    More information, including the programme and practical information, can be found here

    INTERACT has published a report on the added value of macro-regional strategies from the perspective of projects and programmes. The report looks at what’s in it for them and why they should be interested in contributing to the implementation of macro-regional strategies. The focus is on the two older strategies, in the Baltic Sea and Danube region. The report presents 31 macro-regional project examples in the fields of research and innovation, environment, transport and navigation. 

    The report is available here. Enjoy reading!

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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 policy areas/horizontal actions to save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity – each accompanied by concrete flagships 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.

Contacts

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.