Ministers of the Baltic Sea region set new tasks and objectives to enhance maritime spatial planning
The 8th VASAB Ministerial Conference discussed the progress on implementing the VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea region, adopted the Ministerial Declaration about planning and development challenges in the region, as well as committed to the implementation of regional Baltic maritime spatial planning roadmap 2013-2020.
“We have to concentrate our efforts in the issues important for us all: planning and balancing the use of marine space, improving accessibility and connectivity, ensuring energy connections, and the shift towards renewable resources and energy saving, applying the place based approach to the development, creating prerequisites for development of different types of regions. Without a doubt, one of the important themes for the next seven years is maritime spatial planning. We realised it already five years ago in Vilnius and made it one of the priorities for our cooperation. And it is an important priority up to today, even increasingly so,” emphasised Minister of the Interior of Estonia, Hanno Pevkur.
This year VASAB celebrates also the 20th
Anniversary of the first VASAB strategic document – Vision and Strategies
around the Baltic Sea 2010, agreed in the 3rd Ministerial
Conference in 1994 in Tallinn. It was the first commonly agreed transnational
vision of the Baltic Sea Region which played significant role for the spatial
development of the whole Region. For that reason on 25 September 2014 the
informal meeting 20 years of VASAB 2010 took place back to back with the
8th VASAB Ministerial Conference. The meeting was looking back to
the achievements and memorable moments of the VASAB history, as well as
sketched out possible future role of the VASAB cooperation network.
More information about the VASAB Ministerial Conference can be found at here: http://www.vasab.org/index.php/ministerial-conferences/tallinn-2014