Embedding the EUSBSR

A concept paper from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth concerning a proposal for a Transnational Cooperation Component to support the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region - EUSBSR.

In the Partnership Agreement and the multi-fund ‘Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments for 2014 - 2020’ (OP) (covering the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF)), Lithuania has foreseen multiple aspects from which to develop embedding EUSBSR in policies.

In order to establish a feasible number of common themes for calls for proposals in the ESF in the Baltic Sea Region, linked to the EUSBSR, the Baltic Sea Network-ESF (BSN-ESF)1 has agreed on seven themes. They are reflecting the priorities in the Operational Programmes for ESF (2014 – 2020) in some or all of the Member States concerned. The themes are also particularly selected for repre-senting problem areas/clusters which are common for the Member States in the macro region and where transnational cooperation will give an added value. They will continuously be fine-tuned and when needed readjusted.

Many of the challenges that Sweden and EU faces are cross-border in nature, for both the local, regional and national level. The need for closer cooperation between the member states is also underlined in the Europe 2020 strategy. The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region gives important guidance for the selection of actions so the regional operational program can be used in an more targeted and focused way to address common challenges in the macro-region.

A presentation on how European Regional Development Fund can contribute to the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region from the perspective of Southern Finland.

A document on how the Pomorskie Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 can be embedded to the EUSBSR.

A document composed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania to propose ways to create links between measures of the national rural development programmes and the EUSBSR, which reflect elements and initiatives that are important in the macro-regional context. The recommendations are not obligatory and are provided as a result of several discussions with the representatives from the EU Member States which are part of the Baltic Sea Region.