An array of different instances participate in the implementation of the EUSBSR. These groups represent the core of the overall initiative and the functioning of the Strategy. A document on roles and responsibilities per group has been made available for download in attachment below. The following paragraphs briefly describe the main areas of responsibility of some key actors of the Strategy.

The Member States and National Coordinators (NCs) involved in the Strategy are implicated at all levels by having an active political engagement, encouraging participation of stakeholders and ensuring the visibility of the EUSBSR within their countries.

NC groupNational Coordinators in Stockholm in September 2016.

The European Council, the European Commission and the High Level Group of macro-regional strategies have the main political role. They take the Strategy into account in relevant policy initiatives, promote the dialogue between stakeholders and contribute to reviewing and updating the Action Plan.

The overall coordination of the Strategy lies on the Policy Area Coordinators and Policy Area Focal Points as well as Horizontal Action Coordinators and Horizontal Action Focal Points are the key responsible for the application of the necessary measures to guarantee the success and visibility of the Strategy.

At an operational level, there are different programmes and bodies involved in the Strategy. The Strategy includes Programmes under EU Cohesion Policy as well as European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) programmes and other Financial instruments e.g. European Investment Bank.

The implementation and promotion of flagships with a high macro-regional impact in the Baltic Sea Region contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the Strategy.

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