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Foreign Minister Paet: Baltic Sea Environment is in Delicate State

08.06.2011

No. 407-E

At the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in Oslo, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the council must help to improve the state of the Baltic Sea environment.

Paet stated that while the state of the Baltic Sea environment has improved, the risk level is still high. “The Baltic Sea is largely a sensitive sea area that is also an important transport terminal. Every year 500 million tons of goods are transported over the Baltic Sea and there are always at least 50 passenger ships on the move. These numbers are growing and this includes the transport of crude oil products, which comes with certain risks,” he added.

Paet said that the goal of the Council of the Baltic Sea States should be to help to reduce all the risks that pose a threat to the environment.

During the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Oslo, Norway passed the presidency of the organisation over to Germany.

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