This document is a summary of the implementation reports sent to the European Commission by the Priority Area Coordinators, Horizontal Action Leaders, Flagship Project Leaders and relevant Operational Programmes involved in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. As such it updates the 2010 Annotated Action Plan, which can be accessed from the Strategy's homepage.
In compiling this document, the Commission Services underline the responsibility of the partners above in providing reliable texts, and have not conducted any substance evaluation concerning the validity or relevance of the information provided. The contents are published in the interest of transparency. They do not necessarily reflect the Commission Services' opinion and the Commission Services accept no responsibility for the various statements made.
The implementation reports were received on 15 March 2011, and reflect the state of play as of that date. The reports can be accessed from the Strategy's homepage.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: a description of the organisational structure set up for the implementation of the Strategy 6
1.1. At European Union level 6
1.2. At EU Member States level 6
1.3. At Baltic Sea Region level 6
1.4. At regional and local level 7
Chapter 2: Annotated Action Plan of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 9
Pillar 1: To make the Baltic Sea Region an environmentally sustainable place 10
Pillar 2: To make the Baltic Sea Region a prosperous place 39
PA 1: To reduce nutrient inputs to the sea to acceptable levels 10
Coordinated by Poland and Finland 10
PA 2: To preserve natural zones and biodiversity, including fisheries 16
Coordinated by Germany 16
PA 3: To reduce the use and impact of hazardous substances 21
Coordinated by Sweden 21
PA 4: To become a model region for clean shipping 28
Coordinated by Denmark 28
PA 5: To mitigate and adapt to climate change 34
Coordinated by Denmark 34
Pillar 3: To make the Baltic Sea Region an accessible and attractive place 70
PA 6: To remove hindrances to the internal market in the Baltic Sea Region including to improve cooperation in the customs and tax area 39
PA 7: To exploit the full potential of the Region in research and innovation 46
PA 8: Implementing the Small Business Act: to promote entrepreneurship, strengthen SMEs and increase the efficient use of human resources 52
PA 9: To reinforce sustainability of agriculture, forestry and fisheries 60
Pillar 4: To make the Baltic Sea Region a safe and secure place 102
PA 10: To improve the access to, and the efficiency and security of, the energy markets 70
PA 11: To improve internal and external transport links 77
PA 12: To maintain and reinforce the attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region in particular through education and youth, tourism, culture and health 86
Horizontal Actions 120
PA 13: To become a leading region in maritime safety and in security 102
PA 14: To reinforce maritime accident response capacity protection from major emergencies 112
PA 15: To decrease the volume of, and harm done by, cross-border crime 115
Annex: HELCOM actions and corresponding actions under the Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 132
Chapter 3: A presentation of the contribution of the Structural Funds programmes 176
3.1 Contributions by country and by programme for convergence and competitiveness areas 177
3.2 Contributions by programmes for European territorial cooperation areas 285
3.3.2. Transnational and Interregional programmes 321
3.2.1. Crossborder programmes 286
3.4 Other programmes 327
3.4.1. European Social fund programmes 327
3.4.2 European Investment Bank contribution 330
This document comes in support of the first official report to the Council, the European Parliament and other institutions, on the implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, adopted in June 2011.
It aims at providing more detailed information concerning the implementation of the Strategy. It is based on the numerous and comprehensive contributions the Commission has received from National Contact Points, Priority Area Coordinators, operational programmes managing authorities and other interested parties.
The chapters are:
1. a description of the organisational structure set up for the implementation of the Strategy;
2. a summary of the implementation of the Action Plan of the Strategy, describing the progress of the different actions and flagship projects;
3. a presentation of the contribution of the Structural Funds programmes:
by country and by programme for convergence and competitiveness programmes,
by strand and by programme for European territorial cooperation programmes by fund.
More information on the Strategy and its Priority Areas, including contact lists, can be found on the Strategy website: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/baltic/index_en.htm.
Chapter 1: a description of the organisational structure set up for the implementation of the Strategy
The governance structure of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has the task of coordinating the many actors and organisations involved.