Berlin, 23 August 2023 (TDI): In a display of unity, German and Estonian foreign ministers have come together to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine and President Putin’s assault on the very fabric of European peace, freedom, and security.

This joint stance underscores the unyielding commitment of the two nations to safeguarding the core values that Europe holds dear.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock emphasized this joint resolve, highlighting the shared dedication to peace, freedom, and security.

Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with Estonia, recognizing that the security of the Baltic region is intrinsically intertwined with the security of the wider European community.

Beyond the sphere of security, the collaboration between Germany and Estonia extends to ambitious energy endeavors.

The two nations are forging a path to transform the Baltic Sea into a veritable powerhouse for energy supply.

The plan involves an extensive expansion of offshore wind and hydrogen infrastructure. This visionary effort not only contributes to the energy needs of both nations but also underscores their commitment to sustainable development and the fight against climate change.

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This pursuit of sustainable energy solutions aligns harmoniously with Germany’s climate diplomacy objectives.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reaffirmed that Estonia is now part of a select group of friends dedicated to ambitious climate diplomacy within the European Union.

EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was launched in 2009 as a pilot project for a new form of cross-border regional cooperation within the EU.

It is now one of four macroregional strategies. Its remit is regional strategic planning for the Baltic Sea states, coordinated through the EU.

Overall direction is provided by the Council of the European Union; the Strategy and its Action Plan are evaluated every two years.

The Action Plan on implementation places a strategic focus on three objectives, which include saving the Baltic Sea, connecting the region, and increasing prosperity

As part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, an annual forum is held to provide a platform for discussion between the stakeholders involved in implementing the Strategy.