EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Initiated by the European Parliament and coordinated by the European Commission, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) strives for a more intensive cooperation between the countries in the Baltic Sea Region and shapes the region into a cooperation model for the whole EU. Interreg Baltic Sea Region actively supports the implementation of the Strategy.

The EUSBSR aims at improving the environmental conditions of the Baltic Sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity among its population. The implementation of the Strategy is financed by different national and EU funds, including Interreg Baltic Sea Region. 

The Programme gathers and mobilises stakeholders from around the region, develops and transfers knowledge as well as provides analyses and other evidence to guide policy processes. In particular, Interreg Baltic Sea Region funds EUSBSR flagship projects and support the macro-regional cooperation on the technical level. In the framework of the programming period 2014 – 2020, Interreg Baltic Sea Region is co-financing 40 flagship projects with around EUR 100 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Interreg Baltic Sea Region continues its support to the EUSBSR based on the achievements reached in the previous programming period from 2007 to 2013, when the Baltic Sea Region Programme supported 49 projects closely linking to the Strategy.

EU macro-regional strategies vs. Interreg transnational programmes