The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is providing their support for co-operations among the 8 Baltic Sea countries – Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which share common features and challenges. It also assists in projects facilitating the development of competitive markets across borders and common networks for research and innovation.
The EU Strategy is also welcoming cooperation with EU neighbouring countries: Russia, Iceland, Norway and Belarus.
The Policy Area Culture is one of 13 priorities of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) which was introduced as the EU’s first macro-regional strategy in 2009. It is coordinated by the Ministries of Culture of Poland and Land Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) with the support of its implementation from ARS BALTICA and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
“The Baltic Sea Region has an outstandingly diverse and attractive cultural life and a cultural heritage of great value. The creative and cultural industries contribute to 4.2 % of Europe’s GDP. It is essential to promote BSR culture and creative industries and to showcase the BSR as a common cultural region in order to make the most of these assets. Culture, including creative industries, the arts and the regionally linked cultural heritage are sources of common identity and shared values. Building on these treasures will boost the commitment of the region to the EUSBSR and to territorial cohesion. Recognizing culture as a resource for creativity and innovation by integrating the creative and cultural sector in the EUSBSR will simultaneously enhance its potential for economic growth and employment.”
Nordic Council of Ministers