Historical Cooperation

Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation – BASREC


In 1998 the energy ministers of the Baltic Sea Region and the European Commission initiated an energy cooperation; the Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation – BASREC. BASREC has supported the development of competitive, efficient and well-functioning energy markets to promote sustainable growth, security and prosperity in the region. BASREC has pursued energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as cleantech solutions in order to support green growth. BASREC comprised of five Nordic and three Baltic countries, Germany, Poland, Russia and the European Commission.

BASREC was a ministerial process with a mandate for a three-year period. Ministerial meetings were held on demand, at least once in the third year towards the end of the three-year period. The presidency rotated between the member countries for a one-year period. BASREC has been under the umbrella of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and has covered the issues of energy and energy-related climate policy in the region. The Group of Senior Energy Officials (GSEO) was the body responsible for implementing the decisions and recommendations made by the ministers for energy at the ministerial meetings. The presidency of BASREC carried out the daily work, with a secretarial function. The presidency country was responsible for financing a secretarial function during its presidency. The Executive Committee (ExCom) assisted the presidency in its work, ensuring continuity in the work during the presidency. ExCom consisted of the GSEO members from the presidencies for the three-year period between the ministerial meetings.

To find out more about BASREC see here.

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