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Policy and legal framework

The European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 promotes regional development through transnational cooperation. Eleven countries around the Baltic Sea work together to find joint solutions to common problems. The strategic objective is to make the Baltic Sea region an attractive place in which to invest, work and live.

The EU Baltic Strategy aims to coordinate action by Member States, regions, the EU, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions and non-governmental bodies to promote a more balanced development of the Region. The four cornerstones of the strategy are to make this part of Europe more:

  • Environmentally sustainable (e.g. reducing pollution in the sea)
  • Prosperous (e.g. promoting innovation in small and medium enterprises)
  • Accessible and attractive (e.g. improving transport links)
  • Safe and secure (e.g. improving accident response)

One of the identified priority areas is climate change adaptation.

Assessments and projects

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region calls for a Baltic Sea Region-wide climate change adaptation strategy, designed to provide a framework to strengthen cooperation and information sharing within the region and help to create a coherent set of adaptation policies and actions from the transnational to the local level.

The Baltadapt project develops a Baltic Sea Region-wide climate change adaptation strategy which focuses on the marine and coastal environment, addressing climate change adaptation in a cohesive manner for the entire region.

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