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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.

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  • Kick-off for the Swedish Presidency of the EUSBSR 2022/23

    On 6 and 7 September 2022 a meeting will be held in Stockholm on bringing the key implementers of the EUSBSR together.

  • Swedish Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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    Sweden will hold the Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region from 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2023. Work during the Presidency will mainly focus on: strengthening and developing implementation of the Strategy and its action plan, including by developing new forms of cooperation; spreading knowledge of how the Strategy contributes to societal development; and creating the conditions that enable more people to take part in cooperation within the Strategy.

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was adopted during the Swedish Presidency of the EU in 2009. The Strategy has three main objectives: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. It is characterised by the principles of no new funding, no new legislation and no new institutions.

Content about the EUSBSR

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.