Marta Ruiz and Manuel Frias from HELCOM with Ms. María Jesús Figa López-Palop, the Spanish Ambassador.At the invitation of the Spanish ambassador in Finland, Ms. María Jesús Figa López-Palop, Marta Ruiz and Manuel Frias from HELCOM, visited the located in Helsinki on 29 October 2013. The interest of the Embassy in HELCOM activities was due to the Spanish membership in the European Union, one of the Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention. The influence of HELCOM recommendations on all the Contracting Parties was, therefore, among the main topics discussed in the meeting.The HELCOM representatives had the opportunity to explain the foundation of the Helsinki Convention, its management and operational structure as well as main activities towards achieving the environmental sustainability of the Baltic Sea. The ambassador was especially interested in the main threats to the Baltic, ranging from the eutrophication to the fishing regulation. The ambassador, who has been living in Finland for more than a year, in turn, introduced the HELCOM delegation to her main duties and responsibilities towards the Spanish community living in Finland and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs back in Spain, both from the human and the economical perspective. The ambassador indicated keen interest in HELCOM’s activities in the protection of the marine environment.
At the invitation of the Spanish ambassador in Finland, Ms. María Jesús Figa López-Palop, Marta Ruiz and Manuel Frias from HELCOM, visited the Embassy located in Helsinki on 29 October 2013.