EUSBSRTwo new reports bring us further to understanding and promoting a closer cooperation among relevant stakeholders within the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. While “Multi-level governance in the CBC Programmes of the EU Baltic Sea region” provides an insight into how different Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Programmes have managed to implement the concept of MLG, the report “Pan-Baltic organisations and MLG in the EU Baltic Sea region” outlines the perspective of pan-Baltic organisations putting their voice at the centre.

What these reports highlight is that there has been no systematic effort to make sure that all categories of stakeholders, in particular local and regional actors, have the capacity to participate in the EUSBSR cooperation as policy actors. We see therefore a need to keep working for a more systematic strategy that allows all relevant actors to fully contribute to the success of the EUSBSR with the vast amount of competence that they already possess but that today is only partially exploited.

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) aims at reinforcing cooperation within the Baltic Sea region in order to join forces and face common challenges. As one of the Horizontal Action Leaders for HA Involve, Region Västerbotten has participated in the EUSBSR cooperation with the task of promoting multi-level governance (MLG). Before leaving this task to other actors, Region Västerbotten wants to conclude the work that put the MULTI LEVEL governance perspective on the table – with previous reports “Multi-level governance in the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region – An actor’s mapping perspective”.

Hopefully these and coming reports will provide our successors and participating stakeholders with more ideas for future work and discussion on the MLG issues. Region Västerbotten is still to be involved in action and future dialogue on governance in the EUSBSR.