EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was officially adopted by the European Council in October 2009, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission, which was prepared after a thorough consultation of the parties concerned.
The Strategy aims at coordinating action by Member States, regions, the EU, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions, and non-governmental bodies to promote a more balanced development of the region. The four cornerstones of the Strategy are to make this part of Europe more:
- Environmentally sustainable (e.g. reducing pollution in the sea);
- Prosperous (e.g. promoting innovation in small and medium enterprises);
- Accessible and attractive (e.g. better transport links);
- Safe and secure (e.g. improving accident response).
The Strategy is being implemented through an action plan which consists of 15 priority areas and a number of horizontal actions. Each priority is connected with a number of flagship projects – of which the total number is 80.
Denmark, together with Finland, acts as a coordinator for priority 13 "to become a leading region in maritime safety and security".
The Danish Maritime Safety Administration chairs a national reference group for priority 13, and is in this capacity responsible for the following tasks:
- To map initiatives and projects in the Baltic Sea Region within the priority area, with the view to identify priority fields, overlaps and gaps.
- To identify stakeholders – preferably in all Baltic Sea States (ideally also incl. Norway, Russia and possibly Iceland) to take part in the cooperation.
- To prepare a constituent meeting in an international steering group for the priority area.
- To create an English language website about the priority area – possibly as a sub-site to the website of a participating authority.
- To undertake reporting to the European Commission about progress in the priority area, as required.
The Interreg project "EfficienSea", for which the Danish Maritime Safety Administration is lead party, is appointed as one of the flagship projects in priority area 13.