Our hope was two-fold: to more easily approach challenges that before EU enlargement required other types of coordination structures.
The environment and ecology of the Baltic Sea was topmost on our minds.
Secondly to develop closer co-operation between the EU members in the Baltic Sea Region – digitisation, reducing bureaucratic non-tariff barriers.
Materialising two years later and periodically updated since then, it should remain on the captains’ table.
So how can The Sea bring together such a large, diverse number of people across these various countries? What might the young and the old, the fishermen and the cruise traveller, those who lived on the opposite sides of the iron curtain for decades, have in common?