EUSBSR History

Policy Area (PA) ‘Hazards’ focused on reducing the use and impact of hazardous substances.

Because of its natural features, the Baltic Sea is particularly vulnerable to pollution by hazardous substances. PA Hazards aimed to provide a link between policy and actions, focusing on actions where an added value of cooperation to reach the common objective of good environmental status of the Baltic Sea could be identified.

PA Hazards was coordinated by Sweden.


  • Develop and implement nonregulatory measures and Baltic Sea region-wide policies to reduce the use and prevent emissions of hazardous substances to the Baltic environment.
  • Mitigation and remediation of historic contamination in the Baltic Sea region still causing negative effects in the Baltic ecosystem.
  • Support implementation and compliance with EU Regulations and international agreements.
  • Increase the knowledge about effects and sources of specifically identified and emerging pollution problems relevant for the Baltic Sea, and support the development of innovative and cost-effective management options.


  1. Prevent pollution and reduce the use of hazardous substances
  2. Mitigate and remediate contamination
  3. Facilitate implementation of regulatory frameworks and conventions
  4. Promote research and innovative management