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Journal of Nordregio no 1, 2009

The Baltic Sea Region Strategy

A new Baltic Sea Region Strategy? According to EU figures 106 million people live in the Baltic Sea Region. They constitute some 23 % of the EU's population. The BSR's aggregated GDP is however only 16 % of EU's total GDP. On 14 December 2007 the EU's decision-making body (the European Council) launched an initiative to develop the Baltic Sea Region strategy. The primary purpose is to improve the environment and increase economic growth while making the area more attractive and accessible as well as safe and secure. The fact that some 2000 ships transits the Baltic Sea daily underlines the need for continuing coordinated security-measures. The plan is that the outlines for the new BSR-strategy shall be ready by June 2009.

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Many roads to Lisbon and Gothenburg
Alarming urban disparities in the BSR
The missing railway links in the BSR
Exploring spatial integration in the BSR
Future for BSR-renewables
- Yes and no to EU
EU Cohesion Policy Crisis in Latvia
EU and Polish Regional Policy
Kaliningrad: the favorite or stepchild?
Eastern BSR-peripheries at a standstill
Living with Russian-Estonian border
Mostly water and countryside
Sweden:  Unemployment coordination