The CPMR’s Baltic Sea Commission (BSC) has been involved in wide-ranging strategic discussions on the vision and objectives for the Baltic Sea region. 

The BSC and its member regions took part in the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), organised on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm (Sweden).

The Forum, which supports the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, communicates work to implement the strategy and its objectives, stimulates policy discussion in the region, promotes results, and gives EUSBSR stakeholders the chance to network.

This year’s forum, attended by over 1,300 delegates, focused on the future of the Baltic Sea Region and a desired vision for 2030, a topic on which the Baltic Sea Commission adopted a position during the CPMR General Assembly in the Azores on 2-4 November.

Discussions centred around how the EUSBSR can contribute to development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity.

Annika Annerby Jansson, Vice President of the CPMR and the Skåne Region
, took part in the opening session – responding to the opening remarks of Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, and Prime Ministers Stefan Löfven (SE) and Juha Sipilä (FI).

Jari Sainio, President of the Baltic Sea Commission, participated in a panel on local and regional authorities roles in the Baltic Sea Cooperation and Executive Secretary. Tiina Perho, Chair of the Maritime WG in the Baltic Sea Commission, talked on Climate and Sustainable Development Goals.

Åsa Bjering, Executive Secretary of the Baltic Sea Commission also took part in discussions on the necessity of territorial cohesion also in the coming programming period.

The next Strategy Forum will be held in Berlin on 13-14 June, 2017. The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission is co-organising the event together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Germany.