EU Strategy for the benefit of the region

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Macro-regional strategy

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. The Strategy was approved by the European Council in 2009 following a communication from the European Commission. The Strategy is divided into three objectives, which represent the three key challenges of the Strategy: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Each objective relates to a wide range of policies and has an impact on the other objectives.

To achieve these objectives, the action plan of the EUSBSR identifies most important actions for implementation. The actions are thematically organised in 14 policy areas. The implementation of these actions is financed by different EU funds at regional, national, cross-border and transnational level. Interreg Baltic Sea Region actively supports the implementation of the Strategy and the accompanying action plan.

 

Support for the EUSBSR action plan

Interreg Baltic Sea Region
2021-2027

 Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 helps build networks, develop solutions and transfer knowledge to advance policy processes of the Strategy. The Programme funds projects that help implement actions in the policy areas of the EUSBSR action plan. More information about the projects and their contribution to the EUSBSR is available in the project library.

  • > 46 co-funded projects
  • > € 85 million of funding

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027

and the EUSBSR policy ares

The three objectives of the EUSBSR (Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase prosperity) and the related policy areas A are well reflected in the thematic objectives of the Programme. The coordinators of the policy areas give advice and support the development of project ideas and implementation of projects that help achieve the objectives of the EUSBSR action plan. Project idea developers are encouraged to establish contacts with the coordinators of the policy areas to discuss their ideas.

Implementing EUSBSR action plan

Support to the macro-regional governance and coordination

The Programme also supports macro-regional governance and coordination. It provides funding to the EUSBSR policy areas coordinators, Baltic Sea Strategy point and organisation of the Strategy Forums. More information is available on the webpage of the dedicated Programme objective 4.2 “Macro-regional governance”.

 

History 

Implementation of the
EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Since the adoption of the Strategy and till 2021, Interreg Baltic Sea Region has co-financed more than 120 projects with over EUR 250 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that helped implement the EUSBSR action plan. The Programme continues mobilising stakeholders in the financial period of 2021-2027 and funds projects that help implement actions of the EUSBSR action plan. You can find more information in the project library.