EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
A revised Action Plan of the EUSBSR is ready
Following an extensive consultation with Member States concerned and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, a revised Action Plan of the EUSBSR was agreed with Member States concerned and now is finalised. The revised Action Plan, which is more streamlined and focused, consists of 13 policy areas and 4 horizontal actions, in total 17 thematic areas of macro-regional significance. It also includes a new chapter on the role of regional organisations/networks and their added-value within the EUSBSR. The revised Action Plan will be presented at the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR (15-16 June 2015, Jūrmala, Latvia).
It is our great pleasure to announce that the registration for the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is NOW OPEN!
Join us on 15-16 June 2015 in the charming city next to the Baltic Sea – Jūrmala (Latvia) for the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region!
The 2015 Annual Forum, entitled ‘Achieving e-Quality by Connecting the Region’, will focus on digitalization, connectivity, as well as competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region. The agenda will provide for an opportunity to discuss questions related to blue growth, business opportunities, energy, spatial planning, health, culture, tourism, science and other topics of regional significance. It will also be a moment for the main stakeholders of the EUSBSR to look at progress in implementing the Strategy, to discuss what still needs to be done to realise the full potential of the EUSBSR and bring more positive changes to the people in the Baltic Sea region and the whole of the EU.
Register for the event TODAY, as tomorrow it might be too late! The deadline for registration is 24 May 2015 and the number of seats is limited.
A draft agenda, as well as practical information might be found here: www.balticsea-region.eu/forum2015
We look forward to welcoming you in Jūrmala!
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.”
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.
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.