The implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is based on three overall objectives, which are reflected by the Action Plan of the EUSBSR. The concrete implementation of the EUSBSR objectives takes place in joint transnational actions, projects and processes. Flagships are projects and processes demonstrating the progress of the EUSBSR and may serve as pilot examples for desired change.

Three objectives

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has three overall objectives with four sub-objectives:

1. Save the sea

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

2. Connect the region

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

3. 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

Action Plan

The Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region reflects the three overall objectives of the EUSBSR.

The Action Plan comprises 13 Policy Areas and 4 Horizontal Actions, which represent the main areas where the EUSBSR can contribute to improvements, either by tackling the main challenges or by seising key opportunities of the region.

Typically, one or two Member State(s) coordinate(s) each Policy Area or Horizontal Action, and they work on its implementation in close contact with the Commission and all stakeholders, i.e. other Member States, regional and local authorities, inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies. Other bodies may also be nominated to coordinate an area or action. They need to ensure that the Action Plan is consistent with all EU policies.

EUSBSR Policy Areas 2016 October

Get to know the goals and coordinating bodies of each Policy Area and Horizontal Objective on the front page illustration.

Get to know the Action Plan here.

Flagshipseussr flagship

The concrete, grass root implementation of the EUSBSR takes place in joint transnational projects and processes. The projects and processes demonstrating the progress of the EUSBSR especially well are called Flagships. They serve as pilot examples for desired change.

A flagship is frequently the result of a policy discussion within a Policy Area or Horizontal Action. It fleshes out the ambition of a Policy Area or Horizontal Action in a specified field. It may, for example, develop key solutions, new methodologies, practises or be a network looking for new forms of cooperation. Flagships may also concern key investments of regional importance.

Get to know the ongoing and completed Flagships of the EUSBSR here.