Ministerial Meeting 2018 Brussels

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Renewed efforts for a healthy baltic sea


The Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 6 March 2018 adopted the HELCOM Brussels Ministerial Declaration (PDF). A summary of the main decisions can be found in the press release.

The responsible Ministers and the EU Commissioner met in Brussels, Belgium on 6 March 2018 to assess the progress made towards reaching a good environmental status in the Baltic Sea by 20​21. Representing HELCOM Contracting Parties were:

  • Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, European Commission

  • Mr Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister for Environment and Food, Denmark

  • Mr Siim Kiisler, Minister of the Environment, Estonia

  • Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland

  • Dr Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

  • Mr Kęstutis Navickas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania

  • Ms Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, Sweden

  • Mr Jānis Eglīts, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia

  • Ms Anna Moskwa, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Poland

  • Mr Nuritdin Inamov, Director of the Department for International Cooperation and Board member of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Russia

The meeting focused on the following issues:

  1. Taking new action to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in the Baltic Sea

  2. Strengthening implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan by 2021 as a top priority

  3. Adjusting the Baltic Sea Action Plan based on new knowledge and future challenges

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The Meeting featured an exhibition of eleven environmental cartoons created specifically for HELCOM. For a taste of what happened at the Meeting, see the photo gallery.


News and media

Twitter hashtag: #HELCOM2018

Collected materials available on the For media page