The CBSS Deputy Foreign Ministers and a representative of the European Union met on 8th June 2016 at Palace Belweder in Warsaw to reflect on the challenges and opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region and to discuss the directions in which the CBSS should move in the future.
The Chair of the meeting, Ms Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Undersecretary of State in the Polish MFA, summed up the Polish CBSS Presidency. She emphasized the importance of line ministers’ meetings (CBSS Culture Ministers’ Meeting in September 2015 and the upcoming CBSS Science Ministers’ Meeting on 15-16 June 2016) and Polish efforts aimed at increasing regional synergy and cohesion. Ms Kacperczyk noted that over the last year Poland also presided over the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region National Coordinators.
During the meeting, the delegates adopted the ‘Warsaw Declaration – Regional Responses to Global Challenges’, along with the Annex relating to the CBSS activities under the Polish Presidency.
“ The Warsaw Declaration strongly reaffirms that the CBSS member states, despite divergences and challenges, remain faithful to their regional commitment, feel a strong responsibility for the region and are ready to shape its future through effective cooperation,” noted Deputy Minister Kacperczyk.
The delegates also took note of the Declaration entitled “Baltic 2030: Renewing the Commitment to Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region,” adopted by high representatives of the CBSS government institutions responsible for sustainable development.
Here you can read the CBSS Declaration Baltic 2030.
The session also marked a changeover on the position of the Director General of the CBSS International Permanent Secretariat in Stockholm. Mr Jan Lundin finished his six – year tenure and Ms Maira Mora from Latvia was approved as the new Director General of the Secretariat.
During the meeting the delegates approved Hungary as the CBSS observer country.
The delegates were briefed by Iceland on its priorities for the forthcoming year (Children, Equality, Democracy).
The Warsaw Meeting was attended by the following representatives:
Denmark: Mr Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, State Secretary
Estonia: Mr Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary of State
Finland: Mr Peter Stenlund, State Secretary
Germany: Mr Markus Ederer, State Secretary
Iceland: Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Permanent Secretary of State
Lithuania: Mr Neris Germanas, Undersecretary of State
Latvia:Mr Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary
Norway: Mr Tore Hattrem, State Secretary
Poland: Ms Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Undersecretary of State
Russia: Mr Igor Neverov, Director of the Second European Department (Regional Director)
Sweden: Ms Annika Söder, State Secretary
EU: Mr Luc Devigne, Director of the Department for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS
See all the images from the event here.