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    REGISTER NOW! Registration is open until the 15th of May to participate to the 10th Annual Forum for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the 12th and 13th of June in Gdansk (Poland)!

    This year, the main topic is “Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

    Participants will have the opportunity to attend among 19 seminars dealing with the potential for the development of the Circular Economy in the Baltic Sea Region in areas such as health, food, tourism, transport, cities, bioeconomy, industry, education, migrants, labour market and demography.

    The Forum also offers the opportunity to participate in the Networking Village, where participants can have a direct contact with those responsible for the work of EUSBSR.

    Finally yet importantly, the Forum will be the occasion to mobilise young people around an international poster contest: "BALTIC POSTER CONTEST 2019. Reduce, Reuse, Rethink!"

    The contest is open to people aged 18-35 who are citizens of states-participants of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden) as well as Norway. Ceremony to award prizes will be held during the Forum.

    Sent your application by the 6th of May 2019 to Further information.

    Check out the global agenda, we are looking forward to meeting you in Gdansk!

    The 10th Annual forum of the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will take place the 12 & 13 June 2019, in Gdansk (Poland).

    Under the thematic "Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region", 18 slots for 90-minute seminars will be discussing essential topics among all interested stakeholders!

    Have your say! Fill the form for participation and submit your proposals to the Organiser via e-mail: by 15th February 2019.

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    Looking forward to welcoming you in Gdansk !

    The global financial crisis, which hit Europe in 2008, resulted in intensive, barely controllable labour migration in the Baltic Sea region mainly from eastern to western countries. The eastern countries were suffering from youth unemployment and emigration. The western recipient countries were struggling to employ immigrants properly. Uncertainties regarding wages, taxes, social benefits, and working time often ended in unfair treatment of foreign employees. As a response to these developments, 21 social partners including employers' associations, trade unions, and governments from nine countries around the Baltic Sea established a platform called Baltic Sea Labour Network (BSLN), which was launched as an Interreg project in 2008. This cooperation around the Baltic Sea was an indispensable necessity, as Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt, project manager of the BSLN, explained: "None of the problems could have been solved in only one country". The social partners' challenge was twofold: to make labour mobility smoother and to lower emigration.

    The Baltic Sea Labour Forum has expanded since the end of the project in 2011 as new members joined the organisation. This transnational social dialogue not only helps meet challenges within labour markets around the Baltic Sea, it is also a platform for sharing experiences between different cultures. "In every country the employer and trade union organisations negotiate with  each other about salaries, about working conditions and other things in different ways," says Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt. These differences give a chance to learn from each other and come up with more constructive solutions. By maintaining a transnational social dialogue between politicians, employers’ associations and trade unions, the Baltic Sea Labour Forum originally funded by Interreg continues to foster European integration for a more competitive Europe.

    The full article on the topic is available here:

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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


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

For more information on how to get in contact with EUSBSR stakeholders, please visit the EUSBSR website.