Maritime Working Group


The Baltic Sea faces numerous environmental challenges. The Member Regions of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission (BSC) have witnessed the effects of climate change, the spread of pollution, and increasing environmental degradation, which pose a serious threat to our Seas. Our Member Regions recognise that immediate and effective action must be taken to achieve sustainable development.

The role of our Member Regions is to raise awareness and call for action on this hugely important issue, but also to deliver innovative new solutions for the Baltic Sea Region.

Therefore, since 2015, the Baltic Sea Commission’s Maritime Working Group (MWG) has focused on Sustainable Blue Growth, linked to the main objectives of “Saving the Sea” and “Increasing the Prosperity of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Regions (EUSBSR)”. The MWG actively contributes to the CPMR’s position papers on maritime affairs.

Working areas of the Maritime Working Group

The main areas of interest for the MWG are sustainable blue growth, maritime investments, smart specialisation and sustainable tourism.

  • Sustainable Blue Growth

The MWG is committed to the implementation of the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda which focuses on the strengths and specific issues in the Baltic Sea region to develop the full potential for growth and innovation of the region’s maritime economies.

The MWG produced a Report on Blue Growth which includes a mapping exercise of blue growth value chains for marine energy and materials, shipbuilding and maritime transport, food, nutrition and health, and blue biotechnology.

This report’s findings fed into DG MARE’s report “Towards an implementation strategy for the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region”, released in June 2017.

The MWG closely follows projects related to Smart Specialisation Strategies in the Baltic Sea Region. For example, the MWG is supporting the creation of a Smart Specialisation Financial Platform.

  • Sustainable Tourism

The MWG is working closely with EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism to promote sustainable tourism in the Baltic Sea Region.

  • Maritime Spatial Planning

Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management, focusing on the trans-national and cross-border dimensions of the implementation of the MSP Directive.

Learn more on the areas of work of the MWG in its Work Plan for 2017-2019.


The Member Regions of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission are involved in many projects on the topic of Sustainable Blue Growth.

  • Smart Blue Regions
  • From the SDGs towards a Sustainable Tourism in the BSR

How do we work

  • Collect data and input from members and stakeholders in the maritime affairs;
  • Monitor the political agenda and relevant policy developments on EU and EUSBSR related to maritime issues;
  • Formulate policy positions and statements;
  • Transfer and exchange of best practice;
  • Participate actively in the CPMR Maritime Working Group, in HELCOM as an observer, and in the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development;
  • Serve as a shared platform for project development;
  • Draw policy conclusions from relevant projects, disseminate and capitalise results of EU-funded projects;
  • Organise thematic events with participation of projects partners and industry stakeholders.

Governance of Maritime Working Group


The MWG is chaired by Tiina Perho, Member of the Board of the Southwest Finland.  The Vice-Chair is Harry Bouveng, Stockholm County Council.


The MWG meets around twice a year. Each meeting is hosted by Member Region.


The MWG works in close cooperation with the EU institutions, such as DG MARE and the European Parliament, but also EUSBSR Policy Area Innovation, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism, the private sector and key stakeholders in maritime affairs.

The Baltic Sea Commission is currently an observer in HELCOM and in the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development and the CBSS Expert Group on Maritime Policy.

Working Group Contacts



Ms Tiina Perho

Region of Southwest Finland

Read her CV


Harry Bouveng

Mr Harry Bouveng

Stockholm County Council