EU-level actors are developing the Baltic Sea Region

The Baltic Sea region is home to 17% of the total population of the European Union. To effectively influence the status of the Baltic Sea, cooperation is needed between the people and businesses throughout the region.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea is a common objective and action plan to develop the entire region. The strategy aims to improve the status of the marine environment, integrate the area, and sustainably develop marine resources.

The EU has an integrated maritime policy

The maritime policy of the European Union is the responsibility of the EU Parliament, the Environment Council, the Committee of the Regions and the specialised committees. The Integrated Maritime Policy strives to develop a more coherent approach to maritime affairs and increase coordination between different policy areas.

In addition to Finland, the EU Baltic Sea Strategy includes Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Governments cooperate through the Baltic Sea Strategy and the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Intergovernmental cooperation takes place mainly through the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, adopted in 2009. Finland has a coordinating responsibility for maritime safety, bioeconomy, and the reduction of nutrient emissions.