In 2009, the EU Commission approved of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy („EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region [EUSBSR]“, for details please visit http: // www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/). For the Free and Hanseatic Coty of Hamburg this means an important basis for the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The EU Baltic Sea Strategy helps to strengthen cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region. The purpose of this macro-regional strategy is to optimize the cooperation of national, regional and local forces and to make better use of existing structures, instruments and financial programmes and funds. In February 2013, the European Commission presented the current Action Plan with the three main objectives of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy. These are as follows:
- Protection of the Baltic Sea
- Linking regions
- Increase in prosperity
The implementation of the strategy is decentralized by various stakeholders in the Baltic region. Hamburg is actively involved and has taken over the coordination in the field of „Education, Research and Employability“, together with the Swedish Norden Association in Stockholm.