The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first Macro-regional Strategy in Europe. The Strategy was approved by the European Council in 2009 following a communication from the European Commission. The Strategy is divided into three objectives, which represent the three key challenges of the Strategy: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Each objective relates to a wide range of policies and has an impact on the other objectives.
Since the adoption of the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the according Action Plan interaction with the various facets and levels of the Strategy actions have grown – this is especially noticeable since the latest revision of the Action Plan in February 2013. Post-revision, the CBSS broadened its interaction from co-coordinating a Priority Area focused on Civil Contingencies (previously PA14, now PA Secure) to also taking on a formal role as co-coordinator of the two Horizontal Actions – Neighbours and Climate (former ‘Sustainable’).
The CBSS as an organization has also noted the developments of affiliated inter-governmental networks of the CBSS increased engagement with the Strategy – such as VASAB co-coordinating the Horizontal Action Spatial jointly with CBSS Strategic partner HELCOM as well as the direct engagement of ARS Baltica alongside the Baltic Region Heritage Committee in PA Culture through various flagships.