http://www.msz.gov.pl/files/docs/ko...eSzwecja/BACKGROUND PAPER FINAL 29 4 2011.pdf The Polish and Swedish foreign ministers signed a declaration on political cooperation in areas of strategic importance at a May 4 ceremony in Warsaw. The declaration outlines cooperation between Sweden and Poland â€” EU and NATO allies that are both outside the eurozone â€” on topics ranging from the coordination of policies toward the EU single market to the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region and the EU Eastern Partnership program, which was originally a Polish-Swedish EU initiative. As NATO and the European Union both fray without a shared assessment of external threats, exemplified by strengthening ties between Germany and Russia, the Polish-Swedish relationship is one of the budding regional strategic partnerships in Europe. The signing of the strategic partnership document is a culmination of more than a yearâ€™s worth of close foreign policy coordination. However, the declaration itself does not introduce any new concepts into the relationship and, aside from a token mention of promoting democracy in Belarus, is rather ambiguous as to how Warsaw and Stockholm specifically intend to counter growing Russian influence in the region.