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EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The aim of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is to meet the challenges common to the countries in the Baltic Sea Region today. The Strategy has three main objectives: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity.

Questions about the EUSBSR?

National Coordinator is Ms Sofia Wennerstrand, the EU Coordination Secretariat, Prime Minister's Office, phone +46 8 405 10 00.

Project Examples

Illustration: SMOCS

SMOCS converts contaminated dredged sediments into sustainable building material

Sustainable enlargement of ports by converting contaminated bottom sediments into construction material. This is what has been accomplished in Swedish and Finnish ports by the SMOCS project, which is being conducted within the framework of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy with funding from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. And its methods are now being spread to other parts of Europe.

Photo: Oskar Kihlborg/Folio

Baltic cooperation to prevent disasters and accidents

There is also a need to share experiences and statistics between partners in different countries to help better prevent and limit disasters and accidents. A cooperation project between the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the Swedish Institute (SI) and the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) has made this easier.

Illustration: ScanBalt

Networking to unleash the potential of the Baltic Sea Region

Using networks to bring innovations in the area of health and life sciences to deployment: this is the idea behind the non-profit organisation ScanBalt, which is running several projects as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

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  • hree objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

    The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was adopted under the Swedish Presidency of the EU in 2009. Its aim is to address the common challenges facing the countries in the Baltic Sea Region. The Strategy has three overall objectives: save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity. Each objective has four sub-objectives.

    hree objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
  • Common and long-term sustainable solutions for Baltic Sea fisheries discussed at BALTFISH meeting

    Woman speaks in table microphone

    State Secretary Lisa Backteman raised the importance of continued close dialogue and cooperation around the Baltic when BALTFISH (a forum for discussion Baltic Sea Fisheries) met in Stockholm.

    Common and long-term sustainable solutions for Baltic Sea fisheries discussed at BALTFISH meeting
  • Management and coordination in Sweden

    The ministries and government agencies bear primary responsibility for the implementation of the Strategy at national level, and commitment at regional level is important for the Strategy's many flagship projects. It is in these that much of the concrete work with the Strategy takes place.

    Management and coordination in Sweden
  • Baltic cooperation to prevent disasters and accidents

    There is also a need to share experiences and statistics between partners in different countries to help better prevent and limit disasters and accidents. A cooperation project between the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the Swedish Institute (SI) and the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) has made this easier.

    Baltic cooperation to prevent disasters and accidents
  • Networking to unleash the potential of the Baltic Sea Region

    Using networks to bring innovations in the area of health and life sciences to deployment: this is the idea behind the non-profit organisation ScanBalt, which is running several projects as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

    Networking to unleash the potential of the Baltic Sea Region
  • SMOCS converts contaminated dredged sediments into sustainable building material

    Sustainable enlargement of ports by converting contaminated bottom sediments into construction material. This is what has been accomplished in Swedish and Finnish ports by the SMOCS project, which is being conducted within the framework of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy with funding from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. And its methods are now being spread to other parts of Europe.

    SMOCS converts contaminated dredged sediments into sustainable building material
  • Responsible agencies and the Government Agency Network for the EUSBSR

    The agencies listed below have been mandated to contribute to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The agencies are also included in a special Government Agency Network for coordinated implementation of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy in Sweden. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth is responsible for leading the work of the network.

    Responsible agencies and the Government Agency Network for the EUSBSR