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EUROPEAN UNION STRATEGY FOR THE BALTIC SEA REGION
The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) aims to address a selected range of challenges faced by the region, among them considerable disparities in health conditions, escalating environmental threats, gaps in economic development and lack of properly connected transportation links. These challenges are obstacles that prevent development in the region.
The EUSBSR Strategy is accompanied by the EUSBSR Action Plan, comprising 13 Policy Areas, including "Health", and four Horizontal Actions, which represent the main areas where the EUSBSR can contribute to improvements. The Action Plan defines three overall objectives:
- Save the Sea;
- Connect the Region;
- Increase Prosperity.
The Strategy: (i) does not imply any additional funding; (ii) relies on a coordinating and synergy of a large number of people and organisations, and (iii) strives for a more effective use of the already existing EU instruments and funds, as well as other existing resources and financial instruments, and EU policies and programmes.
Geographically, the EUSBSR covers eight EU Member States bordering the Baltic Sea. However, in order to jointly tackle many of the regional challenges, close cooperation with external partners is particularly important.
The roles and responsibilities of the implementing stakeholders of the Strategy are described in the EUSBSR Action Plan. The success of the Strategy depends on the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, therefore it is important that stakeholders on the local and regional level are involved, when relevant (read more here about how you become involved).
To translate the agreed EUSBSR objectives into results, there are detailed actions and flagship projects. Actions represent the main steps that are needed to achieve the agreed indicators and targets for a given area, while flagship projects detail how to achieve (part of) the desired outcome.
The NDPHS is the Coordinator for the Policy Area "Health" in the EUSBSR.
Policy Area Health (PA Health) focuses on improving and promoting the health - including its social aspects - of people in the Baltic Sea region as an important precondition for ensuring sustainable, prosperous and healthy societies. By providing a platform for exchange and cooperation across borders and between different sectors, it enables sharing of best practices, identifying common challenges and goals and developing joint solutions.