Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Easy online access to follow negotiations

​Regional Ministers will discuss the status and future of the Baltic Sea marine
environment in Octobe30 August 2013 (HELCOM Information Services) – Close
follow-up of the intensifying negotiations leading to the 2013 HELCOM
Ministerial Declaration is now easy for any member of the public through the
dedicated webpages at .
The Declaration will be the outcome of the gathering of all HELCOM Ministers to
review the progress in implementing the Baltic Sea Action Plan and set
priorities for action. Secretariat of the Baltic Sea Marine Environment
Protection Commission () uploads new as soon as they are formally agreed on by all the Contracting
Parties, consisting of all the nine Baltic coastal nations and the EU. The 2013
Ministerial Declaration will be adopted in the high-level Meeting in Copenhagen
on 3 October ll relevant information is found in the Ministerial Meeting
webpages. The associated documents are divided into three sections for easier
reference: the ones for adoption by the Ministers; major outcome documents
which are decided on by every HELCOM member; and other relevant recent reports
which are closely linked to the Declaration under negotiation ore detailed information will be added to the Ministerial
Meeting webpages as soon as confirmed and available. The pages provide the best
available information, to assist the HELCOM members in comprehensive evaluation
of the progress in the implementation of , and reaching the commonly
agreed goals for a healthier Baltic Sea ELCOM Ministerial Meeting will be held on 3 October 2013 in
Copenhagen, Denmark. The Ministers of the Environment of the nine Baltic coastal
states and the EU Environment Commissioner will gather to discuss the status and
the future of the Baltic Sea marine environment – reviewing the progress in
implementing the Baltic Sea Action Plan (2007– 2021), and setting priorities for
action. The outcome of the 2013 Meeting is expected to revolve around the still
unsatisfactory status of the Baltic Sea; the ecosystem approach as the basis for
blue and green growth, the opportunities for more coherent policies and
implementation, as well as committing to do more for a healthier Baltic Sea  * *Note for editors:The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually
referred to as , is an intergovernmental organization of
the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union. HELCOM has worked
since 1974 to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources
of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. HELCOM is the
governing body of the “Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of
the Baltic Sea Area,” more usually known as the Helsinki Convention* * For further information:Johanna LaurilaInformation SecretaryHELCOMTel:
+358 40 523 8988E-mail: Skype:

Regional Ministers will discuss the status and future of the Baltic Sea marine environment in October