EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
The EU macro-regional strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)
The BSC, together with its Member Regions, supports the main goals of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and contributes to the implementation process of the strategy. The involvement of regional and local levels is essential for the design and implementation of effective policies. The BSC is actively committed to promoting a more effective governance as a result of better coordination and a clear link between European, national and regional levels.
The official process of developing a macro-regional strategy for the Baltic Sea Region started in 2007. Two years later, the first Communication of the Strategy, accompanied by the first Action Plans was published and adopted. A revised Action Plan was published in early 2013 and again summer 2015. The EUSBSR has three objectives, each of which has four sub-objectives (see diagram). These are dealt with by 13 policy areas and four horizontal action areas (see diagram). More information is available at http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu.
In March 2016, the National Coordinators for the EUSBSR group supported the Federal Foreign Office in Germany to be the Lead Partner and CPMR Baltic Sea Commission to be co-organisers of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Berlin, on 13-14 June 2017.
In order to make this a success, the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission has Task Force during 2016/2017. This Task Force will function as a bouncing board for the development of the overall programme.