"The macro-regional strategies have gained political visibility and generated very high expectations. However, without joint political impetus at national and regional level, the commitment of players on the ground, while very valuable, will not be enough to ensure the MRS survive."


New document "Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies" highlights the recent development, progress and challenges of the four EU macro-regional strategies.


Some remarks about the EUSBSR

A more detailed analysis of the each macro-regional strategy can be found in an accompanying report Staff Working Document. The document points out the positive progress and concrete results through projects that the EUSBSR brings to the Baltic Sea region. The EUSBSR has also been a forerunner in many ways, such as in taking actions to fight against marine litter.

In addition, it addresses the actions taken to improve monitoring, communications and civil society participation in the Strategy.

The document lists also some challenges the EUSBSR is facing: lack of political commitment, too broad scope of the Strategy, time consuming governance, funding, and communications to be mainly in English. These challenges should be overcome to utilise the full potential of the EUSBSR.


EUSBSR's steps forward

According to the document, EUSBSR should focus on the following points when taking the next steps forward: