Communication is an important tool to steer and lead our organisation. Here we provide you with access to our newsletter, annual reports, press releases, video and photo galleries. The information material uploaded here explain the present and the future activities of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in relation to the three main priorities of the organisation.
Please see the link to the CBSS Annual Report for the Polish Presidency (2015-2016) below:
Annual Report 2015-2016
Our newsletter Balticness Light comes out every three months, providing you with updates on the latest news and particular events of the CBSS. If you would like to stay tuned, please subscribe below.
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Annual Report 2014-2015
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Below you will find an overview of the various speeches and statements by the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat Director General and Deputy Director General. For an overview of the ministerial declarations and guiding documents of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, please see Strategic Documents.
Statement ahead of the Universal Children’s Day 2016, by CBSS Secretariat Director General Ambassador Maira Mora, 20.11.2016
Statement ahead of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2016, by CBSS Secretariat Director General Ambassador Maira Mora, 07.11.2016
Speech ” The CBSS’s Goal for Sustainable Labour Markets in the Baltic Sea Region” at the NFS Decent Work Conference in Tallinn, by CBSS Secretariat Director General Ambassador Maira Mora, 06.10.2016
Talking points from the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in Helsinki, by the CBSS Director General Ambassador Maira Mora, 03.10.2016
The FROM GAPS TO CAPS project started off with the question “Do we have the capability/capabilities needed to deal with the risks we are currently facing?.”
This report gives an overview of relevant aspects of the civil protection systems involved, differences and similarities and identify main challenges and opportunities for improvement with a special focus on cross-border dimensions (of both risks and capabilities). First, existing capability assessment approaches
in the EU and the Baltic Sea Region (5 Nordic countries, 3 Baltic countries, Poland and Germany) are described along with approaches used in the UK and the Netherlands. Furthermore, results from the questionnaire completed by the project partners are presented and opportunities for improvements with focus on cross-border dimensions are given. Finally, the report is supplemented by the Baltic Sea Region Methodology for Risk and Capability Assessment and a paper on possible future opportunities for risk and capability assessment in the Baltic Sea Region. Access the three parts of the final report of GAPS TO CAPS – TASK C below.
Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues today. Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems. Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.
The publication maps some of the projected impacts of climate change on the Baltic Sea Region and is an overview of selected partnerships & examples of cooperation, aiming to achieve low-carbon development and increase resilience to the negative impacts of climate change. The publication is prepared by the CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit, in their capacity as coordinator for the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Horizontal Action Climate. Access the full publication here.
Balticlab Gold Book, published in January 2017, is a guide to the ethos and people behind this innovation programme for creatives and entrepreneurs in the Baltic Sea Region. With 11 countries and 300 participants from all walks of life, the progamme represents a region of diversity, openness and innovation.
Inside the book you will find the Balticlab community manifesto, as well as an overview of the members of the Balticlab network. This book is for anyone with a wish to find new collaborations and contacts across the creative and start-up scene in the Baltic Sea Region. Access the full book here.
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.
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.
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 EN, LT, LV, RU, EE, FI) 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.
A 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.
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.
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:
During the CBSS Estonian Presidency 2014-2015 the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat, the Estonian Presidency of CBSS and the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk launched several reports on alternative care for children in the Baltic Sea Region. The Family Support and Alternative Care – The Baltic Sea States Regional Report 2015 provides a regional synergy of key data, analysis and conclusions and proposals for action. The background paper on family support and alternative care in the Baltic Sea Region offers a more comprehensive and detailed overview of the situation in the CBSS Member States and presents country-specific information and developments more in-depth.
In May 2015, Government representatives, experts and professionals from the Baltic Sea Region; Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK endorsed the Tallinn Recommendations and Action Plan on Alternative Care and Family Support for the Baltic Sea Region. The recommendations and the reports highlight the urgency of integrated services with a low-threshold for children and families at risk ensuring timely and tailor-made support and the immediate and long-term interventions and follow-up of children at risk. The experts underlined the crucial importance of implementing policies and good practices at national level and increased regional cooperation. Investing in children’s safety, well-being and development today is a condition for a safe and secure region as well as a sustainable and prosperous society.
This book, compiled by the CBSS Secretariat, traces the period roughly between the end of 2011 until 2013, which was the becoming of the Priority Area Secure (now Policy Area Secure) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR.) It is a handbook, which provides basic documents, informs about essential rationale behind the activities of this priority area, delivers an expert study and recommendations on the focal focus of PA Secure, and provides details and facts about its concrete activities and projects. As such, the handbook consists of three parts. The first part uncovers contextual background of a discussion behind the very becoming of this priority area within the particular setting of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. This part also explains the background to commissioning the expert study that makes up the second part of the book. This study, we argue, is necessary for placement of the priority area within those already elaborated cooperation frameworks. Finally, in its third part, this book provides references to concrete activities, projects and events that shape the body of the whole priority area.
The Handbook on Gender in Civil protection, originates from a high-level panels at the 4th EUSBSR Annual Forum in November 2015 on gender mainstreaming and introduces gender perspectives within macro-regional cooperation on civil protection. It forms a part of the larger publication Being Secure in the Baltic Sea Region.
14.3 was a Flagship Project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Priority Area 14 – now Policy Area Secure, financed with support from the European Commission through the EU Civil Protection Financial Instrument. The project aimed to develop scenarios and identify gaps for all main hazards in the Baltic Sea Region, in order to anticipate disasters, thus enabling a rapid and effective EU response through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism. The results of the analysis have been compiled in 8 notebooks dedicated to the identified risks and culminated in a project book documenting the journey. Read the full synopsis of the different books here and access all the books on the PA Secure website.
The Guidelines – In Brief version has been designed to be easy to use, refer to and function as a quick overview and checklist on how to best prevent exploitation of migrant workers. It is targeting States, Businesses – especially Recruitment Agencies and Employers- trade unions and NGOs. The In Brief version includes short extracts from the original Guidelines. For in depth information, references and sources we refer to the main Guidelines publication below this section.
Download the Guidelines – In Brief:
The Guidelines to Prevent Abusive Recruitment, Exploitative Employment and Trafficking of Migrant Workers in the Baltic Sea Region is the culmination of the project “ADSTRINGO − Addressing Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation through Improved Partnerships, Enhanced Diagnostics and Intensified Organisational Approaches”. The aim of these guidelines is to address and tackle the different forms of exploitation and trafficking of migrant workers in the Baltic Sea Region that were identified as problematic in the joint ADSTRINGO research report “Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania. Uncovering the Links between Recruitment, Irregular Employment Practices and Labour Trafficking”. In addition, many of these problematic practices and issues have been identified and discussed in the national experts meetings which have been organised under the ADSTRINGO umbrella in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, as well as in Poland and Russia. The guidelines have been produced in English and translated to the four other project languages Finnish, Swedish, Estonian and Lithuanian. Ultimately, it is our hope that the guidelines will be utilised in efforts to prevent trafficking for forced labour and to protect the rights of migrant workers in the different countries in the Baltic Sea region.
Download the full Guidelines here
Download the full Guidelines in Estonian here
Download the full Guidelines in Finnish here
Download the full Guidelines in Lithuanian here
Download the full Guidelines in Polish here
Download the full Guidelines in Russian here
Download the full Guidelines in Swedish here
Download the full ADSTRINGO research report here.
ADSTRINGO Russian Report ADSTRINGO Russian Report- English
ADSTRINGO Polish Report ADSTRINGO Polish Report – English
ADSTRINGO Swedish Report
ADSTRINGO Finnish Report ADSTRINGO Lithuanian Report
ADSTRINGO Estonian Report ADSTRINGO Report, English Version: Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania
Consular staff are often the first contact point between the authorities of the home country and victims of human trafficking. If provided with knowledge and the right tools consular staff can play an important role in the work against human trafficking, both by acting as a first filter against human trafficking when it comes to visa applications but also to ensure proper victim identification, assistance and protection. Thus in 2008, the TF-THB, in conjunction with the IOM Mission to Moldova, launched a two year programme of training seminars for diplomatic and consular personnel. The programme provided participants with the knowledge and tools to identify and advise vulnerable persons before they travel and to assist victims in cooperation with the police, social services, specialist support organisations, immigration authorities and other relevant actors. In total, 12 training seminars were conducted in the capitals of CBSS Member States and beyond between 2008 and 2010. The seminars trained over 550 diplomatic and consular personnel representing more than 90 countries from five different continents that are origin, destination or transit countries for victims of trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region. Download the Handbook here.
We believe that young, creative minds in the Baltic Sea Region can drive innovation and integration. Balticlab brings these minds together in the same space to create and explore new perspectives and sources for inspiration. Our guiding principle is that as the network flourishes, new opportunities for collaboration open up, benefiting both individuals and the region as a whole. By connecting people across different countries and more significantly across different disciplines, we can create an environment in the Baltic Sea Region that fosters both innovation and personal fulfilment.
The idea for the Balticlab programme was born in the spring of 2012, when working in partnership for the first time, the SI and CBSS were both looking to create deeper synergies with regional organisations that share their longterm goals. As a result a programme was envisioned that would focus on the opportunities of the Baltic Sea region and increase its people to people contacts. The original idea of providing media tools and entrepreneurial guidance to talented and proactive women in the Baltic Sea Region soon grew into a programme that would focus on entrepreneurial talent and creative industries in the region as a whole. This publication is a guide to the story behind Balticlab, the first Balticlab gathering in Stockholm in December 2012 and stories from the creatives and entrepreneurs from around the region, who attended the pilot programme. Read the full magazine here.
Ars Baltica Organising Committee
B7 Baltic Islands Network
Baltic Development Forum
Baltic Environmental Forum
Baltic Institute of Finland
HELCOM (Helsinki Commission)
Baltic Heritage Co-operation
Baltic Metropoles Network
Baltic Nest Institute
Baltic Sea NGO Forum
Baltic Ports Organisation
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Office
Baltic Sea 2020 Foundation
Baltic Sea Action Group BSAG by Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association
Baltic Sea Experiment
Baltic Sea Forum
Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference
Barents Euro-Arctic Council
Balti Sea Region Interreg III B
Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013
Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation
Baltic Sea Trade Union Network
Baltic University Programme
Clean Baltic Sea project of John Nurminen Foundation
Coalition Clean Baltic
Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions Baltic Sea Commission
Council of Europe
European Neigbourhood and Partnership Instrument
European Neighbourhood Policy
EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk
Expert Group on Youth Affairs
International Organization for Migration
European Commission Maritime Affairs
NEFCO Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Nordic Council of Ministers
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) anti-trafficking secretariat website
ScanBalt – Borderless Biotech
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
The Northern Dimension
The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership
The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being
The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture
Union of the Baltic Cities
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)
United States Baltic Sea Policy
Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea