Lithuania starts its Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
On 26 August, at a ceremony in Berlin, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius officially took over the Presidency of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) National Coordinators' Group from Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office.
Vice-Minister Pranckevičius thanked his German colleagues for successful year-long German Presidency which paved the way for effective implementation of the EUSBSR and even more intensive cooperation between EUSBSR partners.
“Lithuania intends to continue initiatives launched by Germany. Successful implementation of the revised EUSBSR Action Plan by making use of financial support available through the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme in the framework of the programming period 2021-2027 will be among the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency. At the same time, this is an excellent opportunity to attract funds to Lithuania and to facilitate stronger networking by involving as many as possible new organisations from Lithuanian self-government, business, science and an NGO sector,” Arnoldas Pranckevičius noted.
Mr Vice-Minister invited his German colleagues to the EUSBSR Annual Forum, with green recovery as its main topic, to be held by Lithuania from 27 September to 1 October 2021.
Minister Pranckevičius expanded, “At a week-long Forum we will discuss how the EUSBSR can contribute more tangibly to post-pandemic Covid-19 recovery of the Baltic Sea region. Special effort will be made to engage various society groups, youth in particular, and to strengthen cooperation between countries in order to address common challenges of the region.”
The EUSBSR Annual Forum will be a venue where the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 will be launched and possibilities it offers presented to municipal, business, science and NGO delegates from Lithuania and other countries of the Baltic Sea region.
Lithuania will hold the Presidency of the EUSBSR from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Independent assessment shows that Lithuania received EUR 5.7 billion from EU structural assistance and other funds for projects aimed at the implementation of the EUSBSR in 2010 – 2020.
More information about the EUSBSR Annual Forum on www.esbjrs2021.eu.