With the approval by the European Commission on the 15 February, the revision process of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Action Plan has concluded and the implementation can accelerate. The New Action Plan will be more focused, support closer cooperation among stakeholders and support the achievement of targets set in the EU policies and UN sustainable Development Agenda.
VASAB ministers in Tallinn in 1994 adopted the first commonly agreed transnational vision of the BSR which played a significant role for the spatial development of the whole BSR. It outlined spatial development perspective, values and overall goals for the BSR and defined strategies and common actions to make vision come true. This vision was updated in 2009 with VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (hereinafter - LTP), that highlighted territorial development trends and challenges, as well as presented territorial cohesion perspective for the BSR in 2030.
VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (LTP) was adopted by the Ministers responsible for spatial planning and development of BSR countries in October 2009 in Vilnius. Concerning the arise of new challenges and trends, the VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region has decided to update the LTP. In this regard an Open Tendering Procedure for the update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective has been announced.