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CBSS Ministerial Meeting focuses on regional integration, youth engagement

Created: 2020.05.21 / Updated: 2020.05.21 08:13

On 19 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with Foreign Ministers of the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and Russia, participated in a video conference of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

“The Council was established to promote integration among the Baltic Sea states. We have taken the first step in the right direction. The model of cooperation in the Baltic Sea region is considered as a good example in the European Union," said L. Linkevičius.

The participants of the meeting adopted the Bornholm Declaration. The document reaffirms the Council’s role as a platform that adds value to the development of the Baltic Sea region  through intergovernmental dialogue and practical cooperation between all countries in the region, by fostering mutual understanding, building trust, ensuring stability and promoting people-to-people contacts. The commitment to fighting cross-border organized crime, promoting green industries and sustainable development after the COVID-19 pandemic was also stressed.

In addition, the Foreign Ministers welcomed the establishment of a new Baltic Sea Youth Platform to foster young people's active participation and representation in institutions and decision-making processes in the region.

The Ministers also highlighted the need to promote an increased use of off-shore wind power and  carbon capture in the region. This will allow the Baltic Sea Region to strengthen its position as the world leader in green research, innovation and technologies, in clean shipping and as a green tourist destination.

On 1 July, Lithuania will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council from Denmark. In this light, L. Linkevičius stressed the need to assess the Council’s role in promoting regional cooperation and to provide a strategic plan for cooperation until 2030.

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