The EUSBSR governance structure provides clear roles and responsibilities of the various actors, strengthened management capacity at the strategic level, effective decision-making and reinforced results orientation.

This page presents an overview of the governance structure. A more detailed description can be read in the Action Plan (attached).



European Commission

The European Commission (EC) plays a key role within the EUSBSR. DG REGIO provides strategic coordination and advice to the National Coordinators' Group on the managing and developing strategy and gives guidance to EUSBSR actors on prioritising strategic frameworks and policies. It also strives to ensure that the EUSBSR is duly taken into account in the design and implementation of all relevant EU policies and financial instruments.


National coordinators and national coordinators group

Each EUSBSR Member State nominates a national coordinator (NC) and one or more deputies. The national coordinators group (NCG) is the core decision-making body within the governance structure of the EUSBSR, acting as its executive board.

EUSBSR national coordinators have two kinds of tasks. On the one hand, they represent their governments in the NCG, and, on the other hand, they perform their tasks at the national level in their own capacity. 

The NCG Presidency rotates annually among the EUSBSR Member States. The Presidency coordinates the national coordinators and the policy area coordinators, supported by the BSP and in cooperation with the European Commission, and strives to facilitate decision-making and cooperation.


Policy areas

Policy areas (PAs) represent the expertise in their respective areas of activity and ensure the implementation of the Strategy and the action plan. PAs are managed operationally by policy area coordinators (PACs), supported and guided strategically by their respective steering groups (SGs).


Steering groups

Each policy area has a steering group (SG). SG members are representatives of the national or regional governments of the EUSBSR Member States. SG members have two kinds of tasks. On the one hand, they represent their governments in their respective SG. On the other hand, they perform their tasks as focal points at the national level.


Baltic Sea Strategy Point

The Baltic Sea Strategy Point (BSP) is a function providing administrative and technical support for EUSBSR management, development and communication. The BSP is guided by and accountable to the NCG, which decides on its terms of reference and its detailed tasks. The day-to-day work of the BSP is conducted in close contact with the NCG presidency.


High Level Group

The High Level Group (HLG) on macro-regional strategies (MRS) is an EU-level body, advising the European Commission on the coordination and monitoring of all macro-regional strategies. It is made up of official representatives of all EU Member States and the non-EU countries that participate in the macro-regional strategies.


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