Fourth meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials under the Polish Presidency took place on 8 March 2016 in Warsaw. It was chaired by Ambassador Michał Czyż from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Members of the CSO discussed current developments within the organization, including the outcomes of the Project Support Facility external evaluation and a concept of a future fund, final evaluation of the EuroFaculty Pskov project; preliminary annual financial report for the year 2015 and budget proposal for the financial year 2017.
Members of the CSO were briefed by the Head of the Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB), Ms Vineta Polatside, on the work of the unit. This included recent results, like releasing the guidelines for municipalities “Stepping up local action against human trafficking” which were printed in 10 languages, and future priorities, for example preventing trafficking for labour exploitation in supply chains.
Major Pāvels Šarigins from the Latvian State Border Guard, introduced plans and priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation Task Force (BSRBCC). In addition to that the Finnish CSO Member Ms Kristina Pingoud, informed about the final report of the Balance project (The Baltic Law Enforcement Analysis Cooperation Flagship).
The Polish Chair of the Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 2030, Ms Edyta Sysło from the Polish Ministry of Environment, provided information about the process of elaborating a renewed Sustainable Development Agenda for the Baltic Sea region post 2015, a Polish Presidency priority, which was recommended by the CBSS Declaration from June 2014.
Ms Anna Ceynowa from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage briefed the members of the CSO on the upcoming cultural events organized within the framework of the Polish Presidency Priority ‘Creativity’, including the Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage meeting (Zakopane, Poland, 18-20 April) and ‘Creativity’ final joint event scheduled for June 2016.
The CSOs were also informed that on 10-11 June 2016, the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk will host the 14th Baltic Sea NGO Forum, focusing on three thematic areas: culture and social innovation; civic sector, social issues and youth affairs; and migration processes in Europe.
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