Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

COVID-19 information

(updated 31 March 2020)

In light of the recent developments on COVID-19, HELCOM will no longer hold or attend physical meetings through 13 May 2020, according to the latest host country regulations. Furthermore, the HELCOM Secretariat staff is currently working remotely from home until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation with a view to updating our position accordingly. 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.

All HELCOM meetings scheduled as of Monday, 16 March through Thursday, 30 April 2020 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).

With regard to all external meetings held as of Monday, 16 March through Thursday, 30 April 2020, HELCOM staff will only be able to participate online. Insofar as this should not be possible, we regret that we have to decline participation in the meeting.

As of Tuesday, 17 March 2020, the HELCOM Secretariat premises will be closed to the public, and all staff will work remotely from home until further notice. This is in line with the Finnish government’s measures announced on 16 March 2020 on COVID-19.