Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
Commission pour la protection de l'environnement marin de la Mer Baltique
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T-XT7405 - Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention, 1974) signed 22 Mar 1974, Helsinki (Finland). A new treaty, T-XT9298 - Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1992 (Helsinki Convention, 1992), signed 9 Apr 1992, Helsinki, entered into force 17 Jan 2000. HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, adopted 2007; updated 2021. Ministerial Declarations: Moscow 2010; Copenhagen 2013; Brussels 2018; Lübeck 2021 (Ministerial Statement).
Protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea area from all sources of pollution through inter-governmental cooperation.
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Meeting (annually in Helsinki, Finland); Ministerial level meeting (occasionally). All 9 Baltic Sea States and F-XF2147 - European Union (EU) are Contracting Parties to the 1992 Convention on an equal basis. Rotating Chairmanship. Working structure: meetings of the Helsinki Commission; meetings of the Heads of Delegation; Main Working Groups (8). Also cooperation platforms, expert groups/networks and projects as necessary. Secretariat located in Helsinki (Finland).
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