An array of different instances participate in the implementation of the EUSBSR. These groups represent the core of the overall initiative and the functioning of the Strategy. A document on roles and responsibilities per group has been made available for download in attachment below. The following paragraphs briefly describe the main areas of responsibility of some key actors of the Strategy.
The Member States and National Contact Points (NCPs) involved in the Strategy are implicated at all levels by having an active political engagement, encouraging participation of stakeholders and ensuring the visibility of the EUSBSR within their countries.
The European Council, the European Commission and the High Level Group have the main political role. They take the Strategy into account in relevant policy initiatives, promote the dialogue between stakeholders and contribute to reviewing and updating the Action Plan.
The overall coordination of the Strategy lies on the Priority Area Coordinators and Priority Area Focal Points as well as Horizontal Action Leaders are the key responsible for the application of the necessary measures to guarantee the success and visibility of the Strategy.
At an operational level, there are different programmes and bodies involved in the Strategy. The Strategy includes Programmes under Objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the EU Cohesion Policy (Convergence, Competitiveness and Employment, Territorial Cooperation) as well as European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) programmes and other Financial instruments e.g. European Investment Bank.
Flagship Project Leaders (FPL) ensure the implementation and promotion of the projects with a high macro-regional impact in the Baltic Sea Region (Flagship Project) contributing to fulfill the objectives of the Strategy. Projects not labeled as flagship but contains a Strategy-related approach are considered as contributing projects.
The Laboratory Group (LG) is a think tank composed of members of national administrations, European Commission representatives and ETC programmes. Its tasks comprise advice and recommendation on how regional programmes can best contribute in order to achieve the overall goals of the Strategy.
INTERACT Point Turku support the implementation of the EUSBSR by acting as a bridging organization between PACs (Priority Area Coordinators), HALs (Horizontal Action Leaders), structural funds and the Laboratory Group set up for this purpose. Besides INTERACT Point Turku foster and involve territorial cooperation within the Strategy by disseminating information, managing networks and facilitating interaction between the main actors.