The Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime (BSTF-OC) was created on May 04, 1996 in Visby (Sweden) due to the decision taken by the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States. It comprises 11 personal representatives of the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden).
Officials from Interpol, Europol, the EU Council and the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States have the status of observers at the BSTF meetings.
Latvia held the chairmanship until the end of 2018. From the 1st of January 2019, the presidency was taken over by Germany, supported by Poland. The official name of the BSTF Presidency is “German Strategic Presidency with the Polish Operational Support”