January 25, 2010

The Baltic Sea Strategy – A Unique Initiative for the Improvement of the Quality of Life in the Baltic Sea Region

The Baltic Sea Strategy, which should be close to the hearts of many, represents a new and to my mind a genuinely positive development in EU policy formation. Since the EU enlargement of 2004, the Baltic Sea has been, for all intents and purposes, an internal sea of the Union, a new Mare Nostrum, Our Sea, as the Romans referred to the Mediterranean. True, a relatively small part of the Baltic seaboard is not in the EU, that being the eastern shore of the Gulf of Finland and the exclave of Kaliningrad, which together produce a disproportionate amount of the pollution threatening our sea.

The Baltic Sea Strategy, which should be close to the hearts of many, represents a new and to my mind a genuinely positive development in EU policy formation. Since the EU enlargement of 2004, the Baltic Sea has been, for all intents and purposes, an internal sea of the Union, a new Mare Nostrum, Our Sea, as the Romans referred to the Mediterranean. True, a relatively small part of the Baltic seaboard is not in the EU, that being the eastern shore of the Gulf of Finland and the exclave of Kaliningrad, which together produce a disproportionate amount of the pollution threatening our sea.


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