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The EU and the Baltic Sea Region: Strategies and Wider Implications

Speakers
Dr Giedrius Janauskas, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Regional Studies Department


 Date
22 Feb 2010

 Venue
Seminar Rooms 2 & 3, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Nanyang Technological University, Blk S4, Level B4, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

 Time
10.30am – 12.30pm

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This talk will discuss the construction of the Baltic Sea as a region, analyzing existing choices of values in the framework of the search for regional cooperation and identities in the EU. Also foregrounded will be the newly adopted EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region and the changes in the EU institutions. Since 1990 the construction of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) as a new “soft security power” has been one of the most important questions for the region’s countries and has impacted the EU also. As the image of the BSR was constructed as an area of peace, linked towards cooperation in economics, environment, and energy supply fields, difficulties needed to be overcome which appeared after the collapse of “the iron curtain” and the Soviet Union. But have the goals been achieved? EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region seems to be starting the final phase of Baltic regionalism. But still some open spaces are left, mainly related to Russia which is not involved in this project and this fact raises new questions and discussions. How should a dialogue between the EU and Russia be created which might span the Baltic? Approaching such a complex of issues has implications not only for the region and the EU, but for the wider scheme of regionalism, which is turn has implications for cooperation in other regions.