Baltic Sea in the spotlight2009/09/17
This week the Baltic Sea region will be in focus as the Baltic Sea Week opened on Monday. Today and tomorrow, I will be hosting a ministerial conference on the new EU Baltic Sea Strategy as a model for stregnthened cooperation in other European macro regions. The goals for the strategy are:
- To make the Baltic Sea region environmentally sustainable
- To make the Baltic Sea region prosperous
- To make the Baltic Sea region accessible and attractive
- To make the Baltic Sea region safe and secure
The conference opened this afternoon, with ministers visiting an exhibition on Skeppsbron in Stockholm. The purpose was to show good examples of cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, such as how we can remove unnecessary obstacles to regional trade.
Later this evening, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the Government’s Baltic Sea Water Award at a prize-giving ceremony in connection with a dinner for the ministers. This year, prize is awarded to the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM). This organisation has made tireless efforts during more than three decades to protect the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution. The Baltic Sea really needs this kind of true commitment.