20.05.2014: The Commission launches discussion on governance of Macro-Regional Strategies

20.05.2014: The Commission launches discussion on governance of Macro-Regional Strategies

The European Commission has published a Report on the governance of the EU’s Macro-Regional Strategies. The cooperation method of these Strategies has gained impetus and support across Europe since the first for the Baltic Sea Region was adopted in 2009. Common challenges are tackled by a number of countries – both EU and non EU members- working together, streamlining their resources to ensure an effective and joined -up response.

The report shows that while the results of individual projects and initiatives in the Baltic Sea and Danube regions are positive – even more political leadership and clearer decision-making is needed to build on the progress so far.

The report recommends changes to improve the impact, results and the sustainability of existing, and particularly future strategies – such as that of the Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine Regions which European Countries have asked for and should be adopted formally later this. This concerns primarily national and regional administrations, but also a wider range of stakeholders, and the European Commission itself.

In the morning Plenary Session on Wednesday 4 June entitled “Ownership, Leadership and Implementation of the EUSBSR – form Commitment to Action” the Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will present the Report. He will be joined on stage by the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Erkki Tuomioja – the European Coordinator for the North Sea, Pavel Telička – the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Development of Poland, Marcin Kubiak and the Director General, Marine Environment Department, Ministry of Environment of Estonia, Arvo Veskimets.

More information on the Press Release and the Report can be found via these links: