EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
In 2009, the European Commission adopted the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region. It is the first multi policy strategy targeted to a macro region and aim at coordinating action by Member States, regions, the EU, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions and non-governmental bodies to promote a more balanced development of the Region. The four cornerstones of the Strategy are to make this part of Europe more:
1. Environmentally sustainable (e.g. reducing pollution in the sea);
2. Prosperous (e.g. promoting innovation in small and medium enterprises);
3. Accessible and attractive (e.g. better transport links);
4. Safe and secure (e.g. improving accident response).
Sea of Inventions relates to the second objective directly and to the first indirectly, as we by promoting innovations can improve the environment. When the strategy was adopted, PRV was asked by the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications to participate in its implementation and the Sea of Invention project was made an official part of that process.