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 various regional partnerships and two specialised bodies, ARS BALTICA and the Baltic Region Heritage Committee, which report to the Ministers of Culture of the Baltic Sea Region.
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 runs 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) Policy Area Culture and Northern Dimension Partnershop on Culture (NDPC). For more information on ARS BALTICA and the Baltic Region Heritage Committee, please see the links on the right.