The BSSSC under the Hamburg Chairmanship held its first meeting in Hamburg on 02-03 February 2009. Key issues discussed were the work programme (attached) and an update on the EU Baltic Sea Strategy by Adrian Solitander from DG Regio. B7 were represented by David Hunt.
Key Elements of the BSSSC Hamburg Chairmanship Programme 2009-10
Transport & InfrastructureStatus of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region
The Strategy has 4 Objectives: 1. Environmentally stable; 2. Prosperous; 3. Accessible & attractive; 4. Safe & Secure. After the final Stakeholdet conference in Rostock on 05-06 February the challenge is to move from political statements to actions.
To achieve this the Commission together with various stakeholders are highlighting several flagship actions.
Typical Flagship Actions under the 4 Objectives
1. Environmentally stable
3. Accessible & attractive
4. Safe & Secure
The core issue for the success of the flagship actions is how to structure 7 organise the implementation process given that there is a demand for no new organisations. The Commission will have strong role to assign responsibilities, assign lead partner for each action.
Funding will come from existing programmes. There will be a meeting of fund management authorities on Gotland in June 2009.
Right now the Commission has the task of drafting the strategy. They will produce a short communication text and rolling action plan plus prposals to improve EU legislation. The next step is getting member states on board.