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Please see the link to the CBSS Annual Report for the Polish Presidency (2015-2016) below:

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HT_round-up cover trspHuman Trafficking 2016 – Baltic Sea Region Round-up Report

Access the full report here. The Round-up report provides an easily accessible macro-regional snapshot, which outlines the directions of counter-trafficking work in the Baltic Sea Region. The report covers the period of time from 2013 until 2016 and contains chapters on each Member State.

The country profiles give a brief overview of the current situation in the area of trafficking in human beings, national legal and institutional framework and recent changes in the legislation. Each country profile also contains a summary highlighting the national coordination mechanism, main stakeholders and their mandates, as well as best practices and statistical data for 2013–2015.

The report also summarises the initiatives of the Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings, and includes a separate piece on the current trends in human trafficking, as well as a collection of views expressed by different national and international trafficking experts on the future challenges and topical issues.

Assessing the Status of Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region: A Macro-Regional Perspective

A publication commissioned by the CBSS  Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 2030 and compiled by the Baltic University Programme and the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development. This background study is aimed at enabling fruitful cooperation between the Baltic Sea States in implementing and pursuing the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and serves as a resource for developing governance for sustainable development in the region. Further, the report includes suggestions on how to organise the work for the global SD Goals in the future. Together with two special studies on climate change and sustainable consumption and production, the report gives a broad overview of the state of affairs in the BSR and summarises the knowledge in relation to governance features, which are viewed as central for enhancing sustainable development governance capacity.

You can download the three parts of the report below.

Assessing the Stuats of SD in the BSR  Case Study 1  case study 2

Guidelines Promoting the Human Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Transnational Child protection Cases

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The Expert Group on Children at Risk’s Guidelines Promoting the Human Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Transnational Child Protection Cases (EN) explore challenges and opportunities in safeguarding the human rights of the child in transnational child protection work. They discuss the steps in the case management and care planning for children on the move that involve the cooperation of authorities and service providers across borders. The Guidelines provide a synthesis of the experience, knowledge and evidence shared by key officials and professionals in the expert consultation series in the framework of the project Child Exploitation: Cross-National Child Protection in Practice – ‘PROTECT Children on the Move’.


The accompanying Practical Guide on transnational child protection for caseworkers and case officers (available in ENLTLVRUEEFI)  presents an overview of measures to safeguard the human rights and the best interests of children in cross-border situations. It translates the existing international standards into step-by-step guidance for the assessment and decision making processes in transnational situations. It is an easy and accessible tool for caseworkers and case officers such as social workers, immigration officials and law enforcement officers as well as lawyers, guardians and other professionals working with and for children on the move.

TRACEing Human Trafficking – a Handbook for Policymakers, Law Enforcement Agencies and Civil Society

TRACE report coverA number of new and emerging forms of human trafficking have been identified in the European context: including trafficking for forced criminality, begging and identity fraud. New forms pose challenges to a set of new actors in identifying cases and safeguarding the rights of victims. The “migration fatigue” experienced in many EU Member States further hinders the identification of trafficked persons.  There is a need for a renewed commitment to tackle this crime, making sure that relevant frontline authorities and actors have a proper mandate to identify victims and refer them to assistance. It is also a necessity to develop new tools for trafficking prevention and tailor preventive actions according to local circumstances with focus on flexibility and adaptability. 

To this end, the Council of the Baltic Sea States Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB) has been working on the TRACE-project, exploring the policy implications of future trends in human trafficking. The project has resulted in the publication “TRACEing Human Trafficking – a Handbook for Policymakers, Law Enforcement Agencies and Civil Society”, with an overarching overview and forward-looking recommendations on human trafficking as a criminal enterprise. Download the publication here.

Energy Efficiency in the Baltic Sea Region

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY-IN-THE-BALTIC-SEA-REGION-REPORT (dragged)In collaboration with the Swedish Institute and the Nordic Centre for Spatial Planning, the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit published a new report on energy efficiency in the Baltic Sea region. The publication is a result of the EFFECT project, which aimed amongst others at communicating good practice solutions to relevant actors to develop and implement policies and concrete actions on becoming more energy and resource efficient. Giving an insight into the state of play and the work done so far in the Baltic Sea region, the report wants to encourage more cooperation in our region in the field energy and resource efficiency. You can access and download the report here.

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Guidelines for municipalities “Stepping up Local Action against Human Trafficking”

The Guidelines for Municipalities – Stepping up Local Action against Human Trafficking aims to provide local actors with the knowledge and right tools to strengthen their role in the work against human trafficking and increase effectiveness of the anti-trafficking actions by ensuring proper and timely victim identification, adequate and sustainable assistance and protection. The Guidelines are available in English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Swedish languages.

The guidelines were developed as a part of STROM - a transnational project that aims to strengthen the capacity and role of municipalities in the chain of assistance to victims of human trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region. It was finalised in October 2015 and was funded by the CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF), the Swedish Institute and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia. The project was coordinated jointly by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia and the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings in close cooperation with the NGO “Living for Tomorrow” in Estonia, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, Ministry of Justice and Public Security in Norway, Ministry of Interior in Poland, and County Administrative Board of Stockholm in Sweden.

Here follow the guidelines in all the languages:

ENG_WEB-1     DE_WEB-1     RU_WEB-1

LT_WEB-1      LV_WEB-1      EST_WEB-1

FIN_WEB-1      SWE_WEB-1     NO_WEB-1