Europe pursues Baltic transit debottlenecking

The Baltic Sea region's role on Europe's energy map will grow in the near future. The Baltic accounts for more than 15% of global cargo transportation.1But it is also a fragile environment. It is a shallow (average depth 50 m compared with 1,300 m for the Black Sea and 1,500 m for the Mediterranean) and almost closed body of water; only 3% of its water is exchanged each year with the neighboring North Sea.2Faced with the growing use of the sea as a transit route and accompanying logistical difficulties, the EU has adopted a more coherent strategic approach for the region than it did for the similar transportation bottleneck in the Black Sea region. This article examines the recent evoluti...

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