Starting at the end of 2009, the Programme took on board the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (Strategy), the first ever macro–regional strategy initiated by the European Parliament and coordinated by the European Commission.
The Strategy is a new way of working together in the European Union because it strives for more intensive cooperation between the Baltic countries. It emphasizes 17 priority areas representing the main areas in which the Strategy can contribute to improvements.
The main aim of the Strategy is to coordinate existing efforts to improve living standards for inhabitants through the stimulation of social and economic development, together with the improvement of environmental standards in the Baltic Sea Region.
Saving the sea, connecting the region, and increasing prosperity are the three objectives which represent the three key challenges of the Strategy.
Till the end of 2014 there have been 129 projects co-financed by the Programme out of which 44 projects contribute to the EUSBSR (34% of all approved projects, therefore almost one third of the Programme’s projects contribute to the implementation of the EUSBSR although the Programme does not have flagship projects). For this reason, the Programme can be seen as supporting 11 Priority Areas out of 17.
The table provides more details on the projects of the Programme contributing to the implementation of the Strategy.
The Latvia–Lithuania Programme’s projects in line with the 11 priority areas of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
|Project short title|
|1) PA Agri – Reinforcing sustainability of agriculture, forestry and fisheries|
|2) PA Bio – Preserving natural zones and biodiversity, including fisheries|
|3) PA Crime – Fighting cross-border crime|
4) PA Culture – Developing and promoting the common culture and cultural identity
|5) PA Education – Developing innovative education and youth|
|6) PA Energy – Improving the access to, and the efficiency and security of the energy markets|
|7) PA Hazards – Reducing the use and impact of hazardous substances|
8) PA Health – Improving and promoting people’s health, including its social aspects
9) PA Innovation – Exploiting the full potential of the region in research and innovation
|10) PA Internal Market – Removing hindrances to the internal market|
|11) PA Nutri – Reducing nutrient inputs to the sea to acceptable levels|
12) PA Safe – To become a leading region in maritime safety and security
|13) PA Secure – Protection from emergencies and accidents on land|
|14) PA Ship – Becoming a model region for clean shipping|
15) PA SME – Promote entrepreneurship and strengthen the growth of SMEs
16) PA Tourism – Reinforcing cohesiveness of the macro-region through tourism
17) PA Transport – Improving internal and external transport links