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№030: Full Speed Ahead? Poland in Baltic Sea Region Cooperation
№030: Full Speed Ahead? Poland in Baltic Sea Region Cooperation

Author(s): Lidia Puka
Subject(s): Economic policy, International relations/trade, Developing nations, Geopolitics
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Baltic Sea Region; Poland; Central Europe; Eastern Europe; Europe; international cooperation
Summary/Abstract: The paper offers a useful overview of the factors affecting inter- and sub-national cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The author points to a notable absence of so-called hard security, low-consensual issues on the regional agenda, while at the same time diagnosing a long list of reasons behind limited efficacy of cooperation in tackling soft challenges. Diversity in terms of demographic and economic potential among the regional partners, varying level of socio-economic development, and different priorities assigned to the BSR make for a complex and demanding setting for policymakers. All of the key challenges facing the region—boosting trade, bridging civilisational gaps, ensuring greater coordination of environmental policies, and enhancing the interconnectivity in terms of transportation network—can be met, but will require greater political engagement, adjustment of national priorities and instruments of cooperation, as well as adequate sourcing. The paper concludes with an analysis of Poland’s possible input into a more advantageous cooperation in the BSR.

  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: English