Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission


​The Helsinki Commission meets annually, with the Heads of Delegation (HOD) representing the Contracting Parties: Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

The Commission adopts Recommendations for the protection of the marine environment, decides on the budget and makes other key decisions. Decisions are made by consensus. In addition, Ministerial level meetings are held every few years.

The 34th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission in March 2013. Photo: HELCOM

The chairmanship of the Commission rotates between the Contracting Parties every two years, according to their alphabetical order in English. 

The working structure of HELCOM consists of the meetings of the Helsinki Commission, the Heads of Delegation, and the eight main groups. The Secretariat coordinates HELCOM work.