Sweden will hold the presidency of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region from July 1 to June 30, 2023, reports the Swedish government.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is a macro-regional strategy of eight member states – Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. The document aims to strengthen cooperation between the Baltic Sea countries.

Sweden took over the presidency from Lithuania on July 1 and will pass it along to Latvia next year.

Important areas of focus for the Swedish presidency will be to revive work that was partially halted during the pandemic and to support the implementation of the strategy’s new action plan.

The EUSBSR National Coordinators Group is the overall coordinating body for policy development, implementation and monitoring within the strategy. The presidency changes every year according to an established order. Lithuania began its presidency a year ago under the slogan “Revitalise-Recover-Recharge” and during the year engaged in a list of presidency priorities, such as strengthening cooperation with the Political Area Coordinators (PACs), effective implementation of the revised Action Plan, launching the Baltic Sea Strategy Point (BSP) and organizing the Annual Forum 2021.