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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With Foreign Ministers of Baltic Sea States in Kaliningrad


No 193-E

At the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Kaliningrad, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised the importance of the regional co-operation of the Baltic Sea countries, as it is essential for the development of the whole region.

When talking about the modernisation of the south-eastern part of the Baltic Sea region, Foreign Minister Paet said that Estonia supports starting a regional co-operation project. “In addition to Kaliningrad, the Council of the Baltic Sea States must also give attention to the other parts of western Russia – Pskov and Leningrad oblasts. Estonia’s upcoming chairmanship, which begins next summer, will definitely give us an opportunity to intensify and further develop co-operation with the aforementioned parts of Russia,” Paet added.

Estonia also supports intensifying co-operation in the education sector. “Pskov University’s Eurofaculty project, in which Tartu University participates, among others, has been a very positive experience,” said Foreign Minister Paet. 

Paet said that work among the various co-operation formats in the Baltic Sea region should be more visible, with roles defined more clearly and activities better co-ordinated. “2014 will be the Baltic Sea Year for Estonia, as we will lead the Council of the Baltic Sea States, be the chairman of Baltic co-operation, and co-ordinate the work of the Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8). Therefore we will have a clear opportunity to help intensify relations,” he added.

The long-term future priorities of the Council of the Baltic Sea States are matters related to the environment, promoting economic development, energy issues, education and culture, and the safety of civil society.

Russia has been the chairman of the Council of the Baltic Sea States since last July. Russia set as its primary goals promoting co-operation in the area of modernisation and innovation, developing the partnership network between the public and private sectors, promoting tolerance in the fight against radicalism and extremism, and promoting contacts among people.

The next chairman of the CBSS will be Finland, who would like to focus on the cohesiveness of the countries’ co-operation and consistent and intensified project-based joint activities.

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