On 20th June 2017 the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic Sea Region and a representative of the EU met in Reykjavik, Iceland for a dialogue on the future of the region. The themes for discussion included a regional approach towards the implementation of the UN Sustainable Developments Goals, a common civil protection area and collaboration on innovation and scientific research.
The Ministers and the high-level representatives adopted the Reyjavík Declaration, which included an agreement to appoint an independent group of wise men and women to provide recommendations for the direction of future cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Read the full Declaration here.
The meeting was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Established in 1992, the Council has worked on bringing the Baltic Sea Region together around the themes of children´s rights, counter trafficking, education and culture, amongst others.
The meeting will take place at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik and will be followed by a press briefing recorded by Icelandic television and an informal dinner.
Read the full press release here.
See images from the Ministerial on our Flickr account.