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 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. 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. 

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 flagships and support the macro-regional cooperation on the technical level.


The Interreg Baltic Sea Region continues to co-finance flagship projects of the Strategy and other projects contributing to the Strategy implementation. Find an overview of funded flagships here.

EUSBSR flagships

Support to macro-regional cooperation

In addition to the co-financing of flagships the Programme increases the institutional capacity for macro-regional cooperation. It gives seed money funding to preparation of flagships. It also provides co-financing to the coordination work done by the priority area and horizontal action coordinators, to the organisation of Strategy Forums as well as specific communication and evaluation activities.

Logo of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

EU macro-regional strategies vs. Interreg transnational programmes