Culture is an important part of regional cooperation around the Baltic Sea. The CBSS work in the field of culture includes cultural heritage, contemporary culture and the promotion of regional identity. The CBSS addresses cultural cooperation through two specialised bodies, ARS BALTICA and the Cultural Heritage Monitoring group, which report to the Ministers of Culture of the Baltic Sea Region, as well as through various regional partnerships.
When it comes to its core activities, the CBSS promotes a cross-sectoral approach. In this connection, culture cannot be regarded in isolation; it needs to be integrated into other fields. Mainstreaming culture in all relevant policies – is how the CBSS sees this long-term priority and how the CBSS will pursue it. In this regard, the Council of the Baltic SEA States Secretariat is currently running several projects, which link the theme of culture to other sectors and fields. These include the innovation programme from creatives and entrepreneurs Balticlab, as well as the history and cultural identity themed Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States continues to contribute to intergovernmental cultural cooperation in the region through its work with ARS BALTICA, the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Group, as well as the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Priority Area Culture.
For more information on ARS BALTICA and the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Group, please see the links on the right.