Baltic Sea Area Studies: Northern Dimension of Europe was a
joint project of eight universities and colleges around the Baltic
Sea region in the years 2000-2004. It was designed as a research
training network carried out in the Fifth
Framework Programme of the European Communities, within the
specific research and technological development programme "Improving
the Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic Knowledge Base".
In the project, the interrelationship of the concepts Baltic
Sea region and Europe’s Northern Dimension was investigated.
The project sought to ascertain the significance of the Baltic Sea
region as a cultural, political, and economic factor in the development
of a Northern dimension to Europe; it examined how Europe’s
Northern Dimension as a concept can influence the development of
the Baltic Sea region.
Against this background, the project examined the preconditions
and prospects for a further expansion of regional co-operation in
the Baltic Sea region. It analysed the influence which the European
Union can exert in the political, economic, and cultural realms
over aspirations of regional integration, and how nations with different
historical experience, economic and social realities as well as
different patterns of national identity can contribute to the specific
development of the Baltic Sea region.