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WELCOME TO THE EUSBSR

into an even safer, wealthier and more interconnected place to live in. New ideas began to flourish, cutting-edge networks across the borders sparked new models of cooperation. The rising awareness of our common challenges met new means of handling them in a more efficient and coordinated manner.

The Baltic Sea has united people and nations through many centuries. Our history has been marked by flourishing trade relations during the rise of the Hanseatic League, historical bonds between ruling dynasties across the coastline as well as some turbulent and stormy moments. All this constitutes the common Baltic legacy of centuries-old ties. Never in history have these ties been as strong as today. An undeniable reason for that was the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 when the Baltic Sea became the Mare Nostrum of the European Union. The current year brought some exceptional anniversaries. Fifteen years have passed since Poland joined the EU and ten years since the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was established. We are very proud to celebrate the jubilee of the first EU macro-regional strategy in the beautiful Polish city of Gdańsk which will host the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). In 2009 eight EU Member States around the Baltic Sea decided to step up with their efforts in transforming our region

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The challenges are vast. Endangered marine ecosystem, bottlenecks in infrastructural networks, new social trends such as ageing populations and migration are just a few of them. Ten years of successful implementation of the EUSBSR which resulted in hundreds of project results, made us all ambassadors of the macro-regional concept. I hope that in ten years’ time our continent will see the EU macro-regional cooperation as something obvious and universal. On the occasion of the jubilee, I would like to thank all the past and current EUSBSR stakeholders for your commitment and innovative ideas which help our region to grow stronger. I wish you all another successful decade of implementing the EUSBSR objectives. Through our joint publication we would like to revive the spirit of the strategy’s beginnings and highlight the results of our cooperation through all those years. Indeed, we are better together. Jacek Czaputowicz

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Better Together - 10 Years of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region  

Our publication on the 10th anniversary of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region i.a. with foreword from Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputow...

Better Together - 10 Years of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region  

Our publication on the 10th anniversary of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region i.a. with foreword from Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputow...