Council of the Baltic Sea States: Latvian Presidency 2018-2019
The priorities of the CBSS Latvian Presidency 2018-2019 are Integrity & Social Security, Dialogue and Responsibility.
Moreover, the Report of the CBSS Vision Group prepared during the CBSS Swedish Presidency 2017-2018, will be taken further and an implementation plan elaborated.
Integrity & Social Security
Today more than ever, the population and government agencies in the Baltic Sea Region, especially the law enforcement and civil protection authorities, all have one joint need and responsibility: to work together to establish the culture of a secure society.
Based on the positive results achieved by previous CBSS Presidencies, and in order to advance this process, the Latvian Presidency will focus on enhancing cooperation in the civil protection area to strengthen resilience in the region against major emergencies and disasters; on fighting against trafficking in human beings to prevent and mitigate consequences of this severe crime; and on combating organised crime and strengthening border management.
Latvia will support all efforts aimed at building a comprehensive mechanism for operational cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the Baltic Sea Region, in particular, the Baltic Sea Task Force against Organized Crime (BSTF-OC) and the Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC) which will ultimately benefit from increased day-to-day cooperation using a multidisciplinary approach.
We share a common value – the Baltic Sea coast with its special character and cultural heritage enriched by diverse contributions from each country.
There is a tendency of growing understanding of cultural heritage as an important element in the development of a democratic, law-based, culture-oriented society. Thus, cultural heritage plays a role both in shaping a regional identity and ensuring sustainable growth– both long-term priorities of the CBSS.
Additionally, the notion of cultural heritage has expanded. It is no longer something exclusive to be revered, it is becoming an integral part of our societal living space. This space is constantly evolving which means that heritage systems should be flexible and able to adapt to these changes. The preservation of cultural heritage calls for an interdisciplinary approach which looks at the wider context beyond particular objects or sectors. A dialogue among experts and other stakeholders is necessary in order to discuss cultural heritage preservation systems, including systems for recent cultural heritage, as well as, the use of contemporary methods and technologies to find models that best serve these contexts.
The implementation of the Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) set by the Baltic 2030 Action Plan depends on a responsible approach both on a national and regional level. Responsibility is multifaceted – it has political, administrative, environmental, economic, social, cultural and moral aspects. For the CBSS, as a regional organisation, it comes naturally to take care of our common house and its future. The proposals for an implementation framework elaborated during the Swedish CBSS Presidency will serve as a basis for the new mandate of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development to be approved during the Latvian Presidency.
Further, Latvia will focus on circular economy and responsible consumption and production that is particularly interlinked with aspects of green procurement. Smart governance of our cities is something that united the interests of urban planner in the countries of the region. The Latvian Presidency of the VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR) will address gaps in the development of various types of urban areas.