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EUSBSR flagship status - what does it mean for a project?

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In September, four new flagships were approved in the National Coordinators' meeting. The actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region are implemented by means of Flagships. Flagships demonstrate the progress of the Strategy, and may serve as pilot examples for desired action in a given field.

We interviewed the projects and asked what the status means to them.



Under Policy Area Health, BaltCityPrevention project was supported as a flagship. The project tackles lifestyle related diseases by developing and testing more participatory and user-oriented approach to implement prevention and health promotion interventions. One of the project aims is that public health authorities can better tailor the interventions to the specific needs of the user group by applying participatory and co-creation methods in the planning procedure. eHealth technlogies are also involved and their use is developed.

“This award proves the relevance of health promotion in the Baltic Sea region and should help to disseminate this topic to a wider public. We are thankful for the close cooperation with the NDPHS (Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being) enabling the project to increase the awareness for public health topics.”

Professor Rüdiger Breitschwerdt, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Lead Partner of BaltCityPrevention


A flagship supported under PA Ship is COMPLETE, a project aiming at minimizing the introduction and spread of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens by shipping through the development of consistent and adaptive management strategies and tools for the Baltic Sea region by addressing both major vectors: ballast water and biofouling.

"The COMPLETE project is very happy to be a newly approved EUSBSR flagship project under PA Ship. The flagship status demonstrates the high political relevance of ships’ ballast water and hull fouling management to reduce the risk of introduction of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. The aim of the COMPLETE project is to minimize this risk by the development of user-friendly tools and management options is recognized as essential. The flagship status supports conveying the relevant results and recommendations of the COMPLETE project to the policy level and contributes to ensuring that the project results are used in practice."

Dr. Miina Karjalainen, Project Manager, Kotka Maritime Research Association


Under Horizontal Action Spatial Planning, PanBalticScope project was supported as a flagship. The project focuses on cross-border collaboration and has three interlinked work packages with 12 activities. The project aims at, among others, establishing a Planning Forum, supporting the implementation of maritime spatial planning, developing tools and methods and sharing of best practices.

"The EUSBSR Flagship status provides wider recognition for our project not just in the Baltic Sea Region but also abroad in collaboration with EU and IOC-UNESCO. Within the region, it gives the assurance that we are heading in the right direction and contributing to the EUSBSR objectives."

Ingela Isaksson, Project Leader and Coordinator Pan Baltic Scope, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management


In addition, under Horizontal Action Climate, flagship status was awarded to a project SUMBA. This project will develop and test tools that help urban and transport planners to assess, plan, and integrate intermodal mobility solutions into transport plans and policies of their cities and municipalities.


All ongoing and completed EUSBSR Flagships are listed in the Annex of the Action Plan.  

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