Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Secretariat / Staff

The HELCOM Secretariat coordinates the work and meetings of the Helsinki Commission, and ensures that the Contracting Parties meet their obligations under the Helsinki Convention. The headquarters of HELCOM, the Secretariat, is located in Helsinki, Finland.


HELCOM 50 years, Riga, Latvia. © Photos by Gatis Orlickis.

The international team is led by the Executive Secretary. About half of the staff members perform permanent secretariat functions and the other half work for projects. Staff regulations can be found here.

HQ Agreement

​The status of the HELCOM Secretariat is based on an Agreement between the Government of Finland and the Commission (law 548/80, decree 549/80).

Internal rules