The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. The Strategy was approved by the European Council in 2009 following a communication from the European Commission.

The Strategy is an agreement between the Member States of the EU and the European Commission to strengthen cooperation between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea in order to meet the common challenges facing the countries.

The EU member states involved in the EUSBSR are Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The Strategy is welcoming cooperation also with EU neighbouring countries (Russia, Iceland, Norway and Belarus).

The Strategy is divided into three objectives, which represent the three key challenges of the Strategy: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Each objective relates to a wide range of policies and has an impact on the other objectives.

The objectives guide an array of Policy Areas which are specific areas for macro-regional cooperation that address the key challenges and opportunities in the Region. The Strategy also includes Horizontal Actions which have a more cross-cutting character and are relevant for many objectives and sub-objectives.

 EUSBSR Policy Areas 2016 October