North Sea Region Strategy 2020

//North Sea Region Strategy 2020
North Sea Region Strategy 20202018-06-18T15:24:45+00:00

The North Sea Region 2020 strategy paper regards the North Sea region as a territorial co-operation area. Its strategic focus is on the major challenges and common characteristics where there is added value in transnational action and collaboration.

The 4 strategic priorities address the challenges and opportunities facing the North Sea Region. They are at the same time closely linked to the EU2020 objectives and contribute to the implementation of several–if not all–of the EU2020 flagship initiatives.

The North Sea Region 2020 strategy was revised 2016.


The North Sea Region has the potential to act as an engine for growth in Europe and as a center of excellence for wider EU issues through developing existing cooperation efforts, improving policy efficiency and value for public money.


The aim of the North Sea Region 2020 is to

Help the North Sea Region remain and improve the performance as a competitive, attractive and sustainable area of Europe

More efficiently address common transnational challenges and exploit opportunities related to sustainable economic growth, climate, energy, accessibility and management of the maritime space

Ensure a better governed region through cross-sectorial coordination and multi-level governance

Provide a potential pilot for at different kind of macro-regional strategy than the EU strategies for the Baltic Sea and Danube areas.

Download the North Sea Region 2020 Strategy


The strategy is implemented through an action plan and a number of work plans.

The action plan is a step towards implementing the strategy. It is a rolling plan with a set time-frame of one year and contains a limited number of measures related to each of the four strategic priorities.

Download the Action Plan 2018-2019.

North Sea Region strategy house

The NSR 2020 strategy house illustrates the focus of the strategy and how the North Sea Commission as an organization works with its implementation: