Members of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission (BSC) adopted a Policy Position on the Revision of the EUSBSR Action Plan at their General Assembly in Gdansk on 11th June. The paper highlights aspects that should be considered in the ongoing revision of the EUSBSR.

The development strategies of the regions in the Baltic Sea relate to the current Policy Areas and Horizontal Actions of the EUSBSR. The policy position therefore stresses the importance of a continued focus on the vulnerabilities of the Baltic Sea Region, challenge-based innovation, territorial cohesion as well as transport and energy, since these themes are strongly related to development issues in the Baltic Sea regions.

BSC member regions are ready and willing to be more involved in delivering the macro-regional strategy. However, the policy position highlights the need for results-oriented targets to incentivise cooperation. Secondly, a clear multi-level approach is vital in the governance structure of the strategy for it to be successfully implemented. In this regard, it is critical that funding is better aligned with efforts relating to the Policy Areas and Horizontal Actions of the strategy.

The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission as a Pan Baltic Organisation is committed to be a partner and facilitator in the above-mentioned thematic priorities and the governance of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. With this objective in mind, the CPMR BSC co-organised an event with the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) to exchange views on the EUSBSR and ultimately enhance cooperation among the stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region. The seminar gathered close to 100 participants and was moderated by Bettina Rafaelsen, external consultant to the European Commission/DG Regio, responsible for the review reports of the ongoing revision of the EUSBSR Action Plan.