The European Social Fund Network in The Baltic Sea Region (ESF-BSR) is an important network, the first in its kind gathering the Managing Authorities for the ESF in the eight Member States of the Baltic Sea Region. At he meeting in Hamburg on March, 5 and 6 the focus of the agenda was the upcoming calls in the new Programme and how they are adjusted to the priorities of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region. The Commission was represented by Ms. Sónia de Melo Xavier from DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion. Sónia presented the “EU-level platform to facilitate the setting up of transnational partnerships, the exchange of experiences, capacity building and networking, and the capitalisation and dissemination of relevant outcomes”. This platform will provide support also to the ESF-BSN. Mr. Anders Bergström, Priority Area Coordinator PA Education gave a status report on the implementation of the Strategy including the flagships and new initiatives relevant to ESF. He also gave a report in brief on the process of revising the Action Plan for the Strategy. The next meeting in ESF-BSN will be in Jurmala (Latvia) on June, 15, back-to-back to the Annual Forum.