The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission
The Baltic Sea Commission is an international, independent organisation of Regional Authorities at subnational level in the Baltic Sea region.
The Baltic Sea Commission has a strong emphasis on territorial work, and each Member Region is represented by leading elected politicians.
The Baltic Sea Commission is one of six geographical commissions that make up the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR). Members of the Baltic Sea Commission are also Members of the CPMR. Both the CPMR and the Baltic Sea Commission regularly partner with European institutions, Member States and other key actors of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The main focuses are strengthening territorial cohesion, enhancing the European maritime dimension and boosting the accessibility of Europe’s territories.
Since its foundation in 1996, the Baltic Sea Commission has established itself as a forum for policy-oriented cooperation and a platform for cooperation amongst Regional Authorities in the Baltic Sea region.
The Baltic Sea Commission, together with its Member Regions, supports the main goals of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and works for a stronger involvement of regional stakeholders in the governance and implementation of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region.
President: JARI NAHKANEN, Member of the Board, Council of Oulu Region (FI)
1st Vice President: Annika SANDSTRÖM, Chair of Stockholm County Council (SE)
2nd Vice President: Cezary CIESLUKOWSKI, Member of the Board, Podlaskie (PL)
Executive Secretary: ÅSA BJERING
List of Executive Committee Members 2016 -2018
Jari NAHKANEN, Oulu Region (FI)
1st Vice President
Annika SANDSTRÖM, Stockholm County Council (SE)
2nd Vice President
Cezary CIESLUKOWSKI, Podlaskie Voivodeship (PL)
Erik BERGKVIST, Region Västerbotten (SE)
Wolf BORN, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE)
Talvikki JORI, Southwest Finland (FI)
Romek KOSENKRANIUS, Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities (EE)
Merten BARNERT, Mecklenburg Vorpommern (DE)
Sami VIRTANEN, Regional Council of Kymenlaakso (FI)
Anders ÖBERG, Norrbotten County Council (SE)
Annual General Assembly
A General Assembly, bringing together all Member Regions of the Baltic Sea Commission, is held once a year. The General Assembly shall pronounce on the Executive Committee’s Activity Report and Financial Report. It shall approve the Baltic Sea Commission’s Work Plan and Forecast Budget, put forward by the Executive Committee. Any Resolutions to be submitted to the CPMR General Assembly must be approved by the BSC General Assembly.
The Members of the Baltic Sea Commission have identified three thematic areas in which the organisation has established long-term Working Groups. The Working Groups are open to elected representatives and officers from all Member Regions of the Baltic Sea Commission and meet on average three times a year. They are politically led by a Chair and 2 Vice-Chairs and supported by an Advisor who is an officer from a Member Region.
Groups can also include external experts by invitation of the Chair. The experts may, for example, come from non-Member Regions, institutions, companies or national/local authorities.
Through thematic working groups and special events, the Baltic Sea Commission initiates and forms partnerships between Member Regions and other stakeholders.
Long-term thematic Working Groups cover the policy areas of:
- Accessibility and transport;
- Maritime affairs;
- Renewable energies.
The Working Groups develop general and specific policy positions that highlight the Member Regions’ common ambitions. These positions are then adopted in consensus by the Executive Committee of the Baltic Sea Commission.