Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM meets EU Commissioner for Research

​​Stressing the successful link between science and policy was a key point of Executive Secretary of HELCOM, Monika Stankiewicz, in her speech to the European Commissioner Carlos Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation. Commissioner Moedas visited today , the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme in Helsinki, Finland. “Many, if not the majority of topical marine policy questions are on a sea basin scale, thus it has been simply perfect for HELCOM to have its regional “counterpart” in science – BONUS – to cooperate with,” said Ms. Stankiewicz. Still, there are gaps and HELCOM would welcome the future research, for instance, to increase the understanding of the services provided by marine and coastal ecosystems and the costs of their degradation. This knowledge could become part of the decision-making, planning and operation of businesses, in the larger context of sustainable development and responsible consumption.  about Commissioner’s visit to BONUS of HELCOM Executive Secretary Getting ready for the group photo. From left: Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director of BONUS; Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of HELCOM; European Commissioner Carlos Moedas from DG Research; and Mats
Svensson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.* * *Note for editorsThe Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as , is an intergovernmental organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM has been the governing body of the ‘Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area’, more commonly known as the Helsinki Convention. * * *For more information, please contactJohanna LaurilaInformation SecretaryHELCOMTel: +358 40 523 8988Skype: helcom70E-mail: johanna.laurila(at)

Stressing the successful link between science and policy was a key point of Executive Secretary of HELCOM when Commissioner Moedas visited BONUS in Helsinki.