The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first Macro Region in Europe. The European Council adopted the Strategy in October 2009 during the Swedish Presidency of the EU.
The countries around the Baltic Sea are joining forces to save their shared inland sea and to strengthen the competitiveness of the region. The Baltic countries together have major environmental problems to address.
The Strategy aims at coordinating action by Member States, regions, the EU, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions and non-governmental bodies to promote a more balanced development of the Region.
The four cornerstones of the Strategy are to make this part of Europe more:
- Environmentally sustainable (e.g. reducing pollution in the sea);
- Prosperous (e.g. promoting innovation in small and medium enterprises);
- Accessible and attractive (e.g. better transport links);
- Safe and secure (e.g. improving accident response).
In order to achieve this, the Member States and the Commission have agreed on an Action Plan with 15 priority areas and about 80 different flag ships.
All NPP projects are expected to report their potential contribution to the strategy in section 3.5 of the Activity Report.
For more information about the EUBSRS, the priority areas and the flag ships, please visit the InfoRegio website. For any questions, EU officials responsible for the strategy can be reached on the following EUBSRS mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org.