Communication concerning the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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Series Details COM (2009) 248
Publication Date 10/06/2009
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Communication published by the European Commission in May 2009 concerning the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

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The European Council set three parameters for the Commission in its development of the strategy. It should be without prejudice to the Integrated Maritime Policy endorsed in the same conclusions, it should inter alia help to address the urgent environmental challenges related to the Baltic Sea and the Northern Dimension framework should provide the basis for the external aspects of co-operation in the region. In the same Conclusions, the European Council endorsed the Integrated Maritime Policy and asked the Commission to ensure that regional specificities be taken into account. The present strategy thus also constitutes an important first step towards the regional implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Baltic.

This Communication presents the strategy requested by the European Council. The strategy seeks to provide both a co-ordinated, inclusive framework in response to the key challenges facing the Baltic Sea Region and concrete solutions to these challenges. It should be read with the indicative action plan. The strategy and the proposed actions and flagship projects have been prepared following intensive consultation of Member States and stakeholders. The Commission has also endeavoured to keep non EU Member States in the region fully informed of the preparations for this strategy.

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European Commission: SEC(2009)702: Impact Assessment
European Commission: SEC(2009)703: Impact Assessment Summary
European Commission: Press release, 10/06/2009: European Commission launches Strategy to boost development of Baltic Sea Region
European Commission: Commission Staff Working Document, 20/03/2017: Action Plan

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