Towards Cruising Speed? Assessing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (2013:17epa)

Four years have passed since the adoption of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Ahead of the annual forum which is taking place in November 2013 in Vilnius, Kristine Kern and Stefan Gänzle analyse the evolution of the strategy’s governance and activities.

The authors provide a preliminary assessment of the strategy’s major achievements and remaining shortcomings. They look at how it has contributed to sustainable governance of the Baltic Sea region, as well as how it will be affected by the new territorial coherence policy and the proposed architecture of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020.

The publication is part of SIEPS´ research project Sustainability on the EU Agenda.



Kristine Kern is Professor at the Department of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam and Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS); and Associate Professor in Public Administration at the Department of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University. Stefan Gänzle is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder.