To mark 25 years since the foundation of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs organised a Symposium in Reykjavik. H.E. Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, gave the opening remarks before an audience of around 75 guests and one of the founders Uffe Ellemann-Jensen. His remarks covered recent international developments and outlined Iceland’s view.
The Symposium “A Future Outlook on Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Regionˮ was held at the Harpa Conference Centre. The date 6th of March honours the date of establishment and the 25th Anniversary of the meeting held in Copenhagen at the invitation of the then Danish and German Foreign Ministers to bring together their peers and form the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). In his speech Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson reminded those present of the importance of exchanging views, especially in times of instability and uncertainty, and discussed common values within the Baltic Sea Region. Iceland has the Presidency of the CBSS until July this year and chose the priorities children, equality and democracy.
Read the full press release here.
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