Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission


Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM cross-sectional seminar in EUSBSR Forum 2016


There is no half-way solution for a partly clean sea.
Reduction of every pollution input counts – and all are concerned

Political seminar by HELCOM at the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR

Time:​Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 09.30–10.30
Venue:​Riddarsalen, Brewery Conference Center. Torkel               Knutssonsgatan 2, 118 25 Stockholm, Sweden
Organizer:​HELCOM – Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission
​Contact:​Johanna Laurila, Information Secretary, HELCOM


We will give a chance to the major maritime and sea-related sectors to jointly demonstrate what they have achieved so far to meet the agreed HELCOM reduction targets, and elaborate on whether this is sufficient. Our speakers will be encouraged to explain how they perceive the current burden in environmental protection efforts and if it is fairly shared. 

We are after straight and honest speech and a more holistic debate, where it would become clear how much the maritime and other sectors rely on each other and on the healthy sea. We’d like to hear about the attitudes and strategies from the industries perspective and tap into this knowledge and understanding, about what are fair and proportionate protection measures – often heavily determined by the governance and scientific community – and what is possible to do next.

We’d like to know how to be a better contributing partner in the context of ocean economy and blue growth. This feedback could be recommendations to HELCOM, EUSBSR and other relevant policy makers, represented in the seminar by selected commentators who will respond to some of the criticism or suggestions on the spot.


We’d like to hear about the attitudes and strategies of the industries and tap into their knowledge and understanding about what is possible to do next. We will also ask the panellists to look at us, policy-makers, with a critical eye and recommend what we should improve in terms of engaging sectors, preparing a scientific basis, or explaining the needs for protection.


The commentators will be a good mix of people who also have possibilities to take the recommendations forward – representing politicians, ministries and prominent scientific institutes. Commentators will also be free to intervene in the discussion.



Marcin Rucinski

Coordinator for Baltic and North Seas, Low Impact Fishers of Europe
Michael AndersenChair of the Demersal Working Group, Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC)
Marco DigioiaDirector of Government Affairs, Cruise Lines International Association Europe (CLIA)
Maira Dzelzkaleja 
Vice Chair, Latvian Farmers’ Parliament
Anders FinnsonSenior Environmental Adviser, European Federation of National Associations of Water (EurEAU)
Bogdan Oldakowski 
Secretary General, Baltic Ports Organization (BPO)
Liisa Pietola
Head of Secretariat, Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment (BFFE)
Brian ThomsenDirector, Danish Aquaculture Organisation
Per Ängquist 
State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden
Bo GustafssonDirector, Baltic Nest Institute, Sweden
Lars SonestenChair of HELCOM Pressure Working Group, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Erja Tikka 

National Coordinator of the EUSBSR, Baltic Sea Ambassador, Foreign Ministry of Finland