Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

COVID-19 information

updated 1 November 2021

In light of the developments on COVID-19, HELCOM will not hold physical meetings until the end of December 2021 (with the exception of the Ministerial Meeting 2021). Physical participation by the HELCOM Secretariat staff in any other meetings will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

We will continue to monitor the situation with a view to updating our position in line with the host country regulations and advisories. Please check this page for updates. For HELCOM meetings, further information on the practical details of the online meetings will be posted on this page as it becomes available and/or will be directly communicated to the meeting participants.

Until the end of December 2021, all HELCOM meetings will take place online. In the event that, for practical reasons, this is deemed to be impossible, the meeting will be cancelled altogether.

Most online meetings will be conducted using Zoom, accessible via app or browser (see our Zoom instructions).

All meeting documents are posted on the Meeting Portal (see our Meeting Portal instructions).

Physical participation by the HELCOM Secretariat staff in external meeting will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

As of 1 November 2021, the HELCOM Secretariat has resumed normal operations.