Note new time at 11:45 - MEDIA ADVISORY

HELCOM Ministerial Meeting 2013 in Copenhagen

Nine Environment Ministers and EU Commissioner gather for Baltic Sea health check

WHAT Press conference following the HELCOM 2013 Ministerial Meeting
WHEN Thursday 3 October 2013, at 11.45 – 12.30 (local time)

WHERE Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2G, Copenhagen, Denmark


The high-level representatives from all nine Baltic coastal states and EU will gather to discuss priorities and agree on actions for improving the Baltic Sea marine environment. HELCOM Contracting Parties have committed to implement the Baltic Sea Action Plan (2007–2021), and now the progress will be reviewed. The outcome – 2013 Ministerial Declaration – is the master blueprint for stronger efforts for a healthier Baltic Sea, following the long tradition of regional HELCOM cooperation.

Any interested media are invited to apply for accreditation by sending name, media represented, and contact information to HELCOM Secretariat (johanna.laurila@helcom.fi), by Tuesday 1 October 2013.

Dedicated webpages: www.helcom.fi/Ministerial2013( Temporary disruptions possible on 1 October)
New documents uploaded today and tomorrow: http://www.helcom.fi/Ministerial2013/associated-documents/ (or, visit HELCOM meeting portal; folder: Commission Meetings (HELCOM) / HELCOM Ministerial 2013. No log-in required)

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For further information, please contact

Johanna Laurila
Information Secretary
Helsinki, Finland
E-mail: johanna.laurila@helcom.fi
Tel: +358 40 523 8988

Jonatan Lykke-Olesen
Press and Communication Department
Nature Agency, Ministry of the Environment
Copenhagen, Denmark
E-mail: jolyk@nst.dk
Tel: +45 41 11 22 84


Note for editors:

The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as HELCOM, 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, including response to spills and clean and safe shipping. HELCOM governs a legal treaty from 1974, "Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area," aka the Helsinki Convention.

High-level representatives attending the press conference:

Ms. Ida Auken
Minister of the Environment, Denmark

Ms. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus
Minister of the Environment, Estonia

Mr. Karl Falkenberg
Director General, DG Environment, European Commission

Mr. Ville Niinistö
Minister of the Environment, Finland

Mr. Fritz Holzwarth
Deputy Director-General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Mr. Edmunds Sprūdžs
Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia

Mr. Almantas Petkus
Vice-Minister of the Environment, Lithuania

Mr. Stanisław Gawłowski
Vice-Minister of the Environment, Poland

Mr. Nuritdin Inamov
Director of International Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Russian Federation

Ms. Lena Ek
Minister of the Environment, Sweden