Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)

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1992-03-06 Copenhagen Denmark


Established at a conference of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 10 riparian countries. Iceland joined, 1995. International permanent secretariat officially inaugurated 20 Oct 1998, Stockholm (Sweden).


Serve as an overall political forum for regional intergovernmental cooperation among the Baltic Sea States promoting regional identity, ensuring a safe and secure region and creating a sustainable and prosperous region.


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Council (meets every 2 years), headed by Chairman (rotating among member states on an annual basis) and comprising Ministers for Foreign Affairs of each member state and a representative of the European Commission. Foreign minister of the presiding country is responsible for coordinating activities, assisted by Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), comprising high-ranking representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of each member state and of the European Commission. CSO serves as main discussion forum and decision making body for matters related to the Council's work between ministerial sessions. Expert Groups operate under CSO. Permanent International Secretariat in Stockholm (Sweden) includes 3 specialized units: Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings TF-THB; Expert Group on Sustainable Development; Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk. Other working bodies include: F-XF6259 - Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation (BASREC); F-XF5741 - Task Force on Organized Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (1996).


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GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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