The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) aims to reinforce cooperation in the region in order to face shared challenges and opportunities by working together.

The Strategy was approved by the European Council in 2009 following a communication from the European Commission.  It is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. The EUSBSR aims to meet the challenges common to the countries in the Baltic Sea Region by working together, and to seize key opportunities in the region.

The Strategy has three main objectives which relates to a wide range of EU policies: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity. Each objective has sub-objectives.
Read more on the official website of the EUSBSR.

Save the Sea


  • Clear water in the sea
  • Rich and healthy wildlife
  • Clean and safe shipping
  • Better cooperation

Connect the Region


  • Good transport conditions
  • Reliable energy markets
  • Connecting people in the region
  • Better cooperation in fighting cross-border crime

Increase Prosperity


  • Baltic Sea region as a frontrunner for deepening and fulfilling the single market
  • EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020 Strategy
  • Improved global competitiveness of the Baltic Sea region
  • Climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management.
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