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02.10.2014 11:11

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.

Kaisa Kononen, BONUS (second from r.) presenting at the VASAB ministerial meeting 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The main goal is that in 2030 the Baltic Sea region should become a well-integrated and coherent macroregion, which has overcome the socio-economic development divides between its individual parts and turned the global challenges into assets.  During the conference on 26 September several pan-Baltic organisations such as BASREC, HELCOM, BONUS and Union of Baltic Cities expressed their opinion regarding territorial cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Ministers responsible for spatial planning and development of 11 Baltic Sea region countries decided that the closer cooperation with other pan-Baltic organisations is essential and needed for the future and support for territorial development and maritime spatial planning projects is critically important.

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:


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