Permanent Secretariat

Permanent Secretariat

A Permanent International Secretariat of the CBSS was established following a decision taken at the 7th Ministerial Session of the CBSS in  1998 in Nyborg, Denmark. The Secretariat was officially inaugurated at its premises on the island of Strömsborg in Stockholm on 20 October 1998. In November 2010 the Secretariat moved in to its new premises located in Räntmästarhuset at Slussplan 9. The mandate of the Secretariat is as follows:

  • to provide technical and organisational support to the Chairman of the CBSS and the structures and working bodies of the Council;
  • to ensure continuity and enhanced coordination of CBSS activities;
  • to implement the CBSS Information and Communication Strategy;
  • to maintain the CBSS archives and information database;
  • to maintain contacts with other organisations operating in and around the Baltic Sea region, the national authorities of Member States and the media.

The budget of the core part of the Secretariat is financed by annual contributions from the CBSS Member States according to annual budgets approved by the CSO. Since its establishment in 1998, the following specialised units have been integrated to the Secretariat: January 2001 – the Baltic 21 Unit (servicing the Baltic 21 Network) and March 2002 – the Children’s Unit (servicing the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk) and the Task Force against Trafficking on Human Beings.

Director General of the Permanent Secretariat


Ambassador Maira Mora is the new Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States as of 1 September 2016.

With more than twenty years of diplomatic and foreign policy experience, Ambassador Mora will be working with the 11 Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States alongside the European Union, coordinating the work of the organisation in line with the three CBSS long-term priorities – Regional Identity, Sustainable &Prosperous Region and Safe & Secure Region and managing the CBSS Secretariat in Stockholm.

Previous to joining the CBSS, Ambassador Mora was the Head of the EU Delegation in Belarus. As the representative of the EU, she coordinated and pursued EU policies in all areas, promoting EU principles and values, ensuring EU visibility and developing cooperation projects.

Within the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs she has held the position of Ambassador at Large, Head of the Policy Planning Unit, as well as having been Ambassador to Belarus, to Lithuania and the Deputy Head of the Latvian Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna. She has also been Councellor within the Latvian State Secretary’s Bureau, the European Correspondent at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as a member of the crisis control expert commission at the Latvian Prime Minister’s Bureau.

Ambassador Maira Mora holds a degree from the University of Latvia, Department of Foreign Languages, and has been educated at the Swiss International Relations University, Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the International Security Studies College in Germany. Her expertise is linked to security policy, development and economic cooperation, as well as neighbourhood policy.

Alongside her native Latvian, Maira Mora is fluent in English, Russian, French, German, and has knowledge of Italian, Belarusian and Lithuanian.

Maira Mora has a keen interest in classical music, particularly opera. She plays tennis regularly and is quite the downhill skier.

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