Baltic Sea Commission (BSC) Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)
The Baltic Sea Commission (BSC) within the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) was founded in Kotka, Finland in May 1996 and deals with such issues as launching the Interreg III B programme by generating new project proposals, promoting EU Governance and a polycentric model of Europe. Since the BSC actually represents a EU “enlargement forum” inside the CPMR, the EU enlargement policy is continuously on the agenda.
So far all BSC member regions are maritime regions, i.e. have a coastal line. There are about 25 member regions in the CPMR. At present, the BSC has member-regions from all the Baltic Sea littoral states except Poland and Russia. The BSC is serviced by a secretariat presently located in the regional council of Päijat-Häme in Finland. The headquarters of the CPMR are located in Rennes, France.