The Development of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was presented by EU MPs from the Baltic region to the President of the EU Commission in 2005. The initiative’s emphasis was predominantly on optimizing economic growth and potential in the Baltic Sea Region. After a few modifications and adjustments, the Strategy was presented to the Commission in 2009 and adopted by the Council. Defining New Approach The main points of the strategy included a…

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The Council of the Baltic Sea States’ organisational framework is based on the Terms of Reference accepted by the Foreign Ministers of the participating states. The work of the Council is based also on the principles laid down in the UN Charter, as well as in the Helsinki Final Act, the Charter of Paris and other OSCE documents. The co-operation model is of a traditional intergovernmental nature. In order to increase co-ordination and ensure…

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About the Council of the Baltic Sea States

General Information 12 Members Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and the European Commission Level of representation Foreign Ministers (Member of the European Commission) Working bodies Committee of Senior Officials and 3 Working Groups CBSS chairmanships 1992/1993 – Finland 1993/1994 – Estonia 1994/1995 – Poland 1995/1996 – Sweden 1996/1997 – Latvia 1997/1998 – Denmark 1998/1999 – Lithuania 1999/2000 – Norway 2000/2001 – Germany 2001/2002 – Russia CBSS Ministerial Sessions…



In March 1992, the Danish and German Foreign Ministers invited the Foreign Ministers from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and a member of the European Commission to meet in Copenhagen in order to strengthen and put into relief existing co-operation among the Baltic Sea States and to decide on the establishment of a “Council of the Baltic Sea States” – CBSS. The Ministers found that the recent dramatic changes in Europe…

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