The Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) held its 25th Annual Conference on 21–22 September 2017 in Potsdam.

More than 200 representatives from local, regional, national and European level, together with the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, gathered to discuss the future of Cohesion Policy in the Baltic Sea Region under the title “Cohesion = Togetherness”.

Discussion focused on the need to strengthen cooperation across sectors, across borders, between all levels of government – involving citizens in the Baltic Sea Region.

The highlight of the Conference was the adoption of the 25th BSSSC Annual Conference resolution.

The resolution includes some key messages on post-2020 Cohesion Policy:

  • As an investment policy promoting stability, reducing development disparities between European regions, supporting investments and strengthening sustainable economic development in Europe, Cohesion Policy post-2020 should receive sufficient resources and continue to cover all regions;
  • European Territorial Cooperation should be strengthened as it is of high relevance for integration, prosperity and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region;
  • The principles of subsidiarity and multi-level governance in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region should be strenghened;
  • Smart Specialisation Strategies should be maintained and reinforced post-2020 with a stronger focus on trans-national, cross-border and cross-sectoral dimensions.

For more information about the BSSC, please click here.