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Mikser discusses regional cooperation with foreign ministers of Baltic Sea states

21.06.2017

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser participated in the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Reykjavik where he emphasised the importance of practical regional cooperation. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

According to Foreign Minister Mikser, Estonia considers regional cooperation with the Baltic Sea States important. “It provides an opportunity to find better solutions for practical issues of the Baltic Sea region,” Foreign Minister Mikser said. The Foreign Minister pointed out cooperation in areas such as children’s rights, fight against human trafficking, civil protection and others.

Mikser also focused on the future role of the Council in his address and expressed hope that the group of wise persons which should propose future directions for the Council will reflect on views coming from all Member States and take into account changes in the world. 

The Council of the Baltic Sea States was established in Copenhagen in 1992 when upon invitation by the foreign ministers of Denmark and Germany met the foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and representatives of the European Commission. The meeting aimed to strengthen cooperation between the states of the Baltic Sea region. The long-term priorities of the Council of the Baltic Sea States are environment, economic growth, energy, education and culture, and civil security.

Iceland is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and Sweden will take over the Presidency in July.

Estonian has held the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States from 1993-1994, 2003-2004 and 2014-2015.


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Additional information:

Mariann Sudakov
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
(+372) 637 7628
(+372) 521 6821
press@mfa.ee
www.vm.ee

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