In the framework of the European Week for Regions and Cities, partners of the Interreg Europe project “PASSAGE” organised a workshop on 10 October 2017 on cross-border cooperation on maritime borders, at Puglia Region offices in Brussels.

 About 50 participants, including representatives of regions and from the EU institutions, gathered to discuss the following questions:

  • Cross-border cooperation on maritime borders, what benefits for inhabitants?
  • Interreg programmes, the Holy Grail of cross-border cooperation in maritime border regions?
  • Post-2020: what future for cooperation in maritime border regions?

Åsa Bjering, Executive Secretary of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, was one of the panelists of the session exploring future cooperation in maritime border regions for post-2020.


The aim of the PASSAGE project is to reduce the consequences of flows and activities on climate change by promoting low-carbon initiatives. The long-term competitiveness of the straits depends on it. The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission Member Regions, the Regional Council of Helsinki-Uusimaa and Harju County Government are part of the consortium of the project. More information on PASSAGE can be found here.

 The minutes of the workshop could be downloaded here.