|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Regional Policy|
|Content Type||Key Source, Overview|
A 'Macroregional strategy' is an integrated framework endorsed by the European Council, which may be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds among others, to address common challenges faced by a defined geographical area relating to member states and third countries located in the same geographical area which thereby benefit from strengthened cooperation contributing to achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.
As the first Strategy was launched, endorsed and implemented, the concept was increasingly subject of debate as regards to the possibility of extending it to other regions in Europe. In June 2013, the European Commission published a report to clarify the concept of 'macro-region stratgies', at the request of the Council of the European Union, which was used for further debate between member states. In May 2014, the Commission released another report aimed at facilitating discussion on how to improve the governance of these strategies.
+ European Commission presents the concept of macro-regional strategy, 16 September 2009
+ EPRS Library Briefing | EU macro-regional strategies: state of play, February 2012
The European Commission launched four different Strategies under this concept (as of 2016):
+ EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), 2009
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|