An EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: Good Intentions Meet Complex Challenges (2009:9epa)

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The EU is about to adopt a comprehensive strategy for the Baltic Sea region. While intuitively attractive, the idea of the strategy nonetheless gives rise to a set of critical questions.

In this European Policy Analysis, Assistant Professor Rikard Bengtsson introduces the content and procedures of the strategy and identifies a number of challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges range from difficulties in improving efficiency to problems related to the intra-regionalization of the EU and the lack of an external perspective, more specifically by ignoring Russia as a key determinant for the potential success of the strategy.

The analysis is part of the research project EU as a global actor.

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