Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on ‘Revised EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region’

THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
— emphasises that the EU Baltic Sea strategy offers a sound basis for testing to what extent a specific strategy for a wider geographical macro-region can actually strengthen EU competitiveness and underpin smart, sustainable and inclusive growth;
— welcomes efforts to bring the revised objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region – to save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity – more into line with those of the Europe 2020 Strategy;
— points out that in order to strengthen economic cohesion and competitiveness there must be stronger links between research, innovation and industry stakeholders. Regions and universities should co- operate across the whole Baltic Sea macro-region to make it a model of smart specialisation networks;
— considers that attention should continue to be paid to supporting the initiatives for sustainable development and to bringing forward more measures to increase employment and skills and strengthen prosperity and inclusion;
— emphasises that although the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea is an internal EU strategy, cooperation with non-EU countries and especially Russia is key to the strategy’s success;
— stresses that the structures of the Northern Dimension should be used as much as possible in the context of closer cooperation between the EU and Russia in the Baltic Sea region;
— is concerned about municipalities and regions’ lack of visibility in the strategy’s implementation and suggests that both the strategy and the updated action plan should specifically state that the multilevel governance principle must be at the heart of their implementation;
— stresses that the political stakeholders must show clear commitment and assume a leading role if there is to be progress in implementing the strategy in all participating countries;
— points out that the contribution of national Structural Fund programmes to the implementation of  the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region must be clarified, taking account of the differences between regions within Member States and their development needs.

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