Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States gets into gear

On 18-19 September, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) convenes in Riga for its first meeting chaired by the Latvian Presidency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs repors.  

The CSO is the leading structure in the CBSS format, a platform for decision-making and discussions.

"The CSO meeting focuses in particular on a report by the CBSS Vision Group entitled “Vision for the Baltic Sea Region beyond 2020” featuring Latvian academic Professor Žaneta Ozoliņa from the University of Latvia.

Several other Latvian experts representing various sectors are taking part in the meeting. They  include Irēna Liepiņa, Deputy Chair of the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia, who will introduce the audience to the priorities of the Baltic Sea Trade Union Network (BASTUN). The Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia is currently holding the chairmanship of BASTUN, a close strategic partner to the CBSS.

Uģis Zanders, Senior Expert at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Head of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development, will inform the participants about the outcomes of the ReGeneration 2030 youth movement summit that took place in the Aland Islands this past August. 

The working group for the formulation of the summit manifesto was chaired Zane Skuja, Member of the Board of “Zero Waste Latvija” association, who is also taking part in the CBSS SCO meeting. 

The Latvian Presidency of the CBSS covers the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 July 2019, and will be handed over to Denmark. The main priorities of the Latvian Presidency are a secure and inclusive society, spatial development, climate change, as well as preservation and digitalisation of cultural heritage. This is Latvia’s third Presidency since the CBSS was established in 1992.

For more information on the CBSS and its work, see the website of the CBSS Secretariat in Stockholm: http://www.cbss.org/council

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