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BALTIC SEA PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE

The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) was established in 1991 as a forum for political dialogue between parliamentarians from the Baltic Sea Region. It aims at raising awareness and opinion on issues of current political  interest that are relevant to the Baltic Sea region. There are issues and initiatives that support development of sustainable environment, economy and social system in the Baltic Sea region. 

The BSPC is composed of members from 11 national and 11 regional parliaments and 5 parliamentary organisations around the Baltic Sea. The BSPC also interfaces with such organisations as the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), HELCOM, The Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC), the Baltic Development Forum, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Health and Social Well-Being (NDPHS), the Baltic Sea Labour Network (BSLN) etc. The Baltic Assembly is a permanent member of the BSPC since 1992.

The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference is the annual general assembly for broad political debate on the Baltic Sea issues. The Conference resolutions are political tools which enables the BSPC to take and support political initiatives, and to approach the governments and regional organisations on the issues of common interest.

The Parliament of Norway is presiding the BSPC from 28 August until 27 August 2019 and will host the 28th BSPC  on 25 - 27 August 2019 in Oslo. Mr Jorodd Asphjellfrom, Member of the Norway Sortinget, was unanimously appointed as President of the BSPC 2018-2019 by the 27th BSPC.

 


27th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference link

The 27th  Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference held its conference “The Baltic Sea – Our Lifeline, Cooperation, Sustainability and Smart Energy - Three pillars for future development, " on 26-28 August 2018 in Mariehamn (Åland Islands).

 


26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference link

The 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference took place on 3-5 September 2017 in Hamburg (Germany).

 


 25th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference link

The 25th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference took place on 28 – 30 August 2016 in Riga (Latvia).

 


24th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference link

The 24th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference took place on 30 August - 1 September in Rostock (Germany).

 


23rd Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

The 23rd Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference took place on 24-26 August 2014 in Olsztyn (Poland). The Conference „Baltic Sea: Quest for Harmony," was hosted by the Polish Parliament. There were four main sessions of the conference: firstly, Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region; secondly, Environmental legacy challenges; thirdly, Baltic Sea Cultural Heritage; fourthly, Harmonious and sustainable future of the Baltic Sea Region.

This year crisis in Ukraine was an important issue of the parliamentary debates. The BSPC was held in the shadow of the Ukraine crisis and just before the summit meeting between Russia, Ukraine and the EU in Minsk on 26 August 2014. In particular, parliamentarians from the Baltic States and Poland adopted a hard line, while German and Nordic parliamentarians counselled moderation. Only Swedish delegation supported proposal of the Baltic and Polish parliamentarians on the support to the territorial integrity of Ukraine to be included in the BSPC Resolution.

More information about the 23rd BSPC and adopted documents on the  BSPC webpage

 



Work of the BSPC 

The new BSPC Working Group on Migration and Integration was launched by the 26th BSPC on 5 September 2017 in Hamburg. 

The aim of the Working Group is to identify measures that have been applied by the countries of the Baltic Sea Region in regard to migration. The primary outcome of the Working Group is to elaborate political recommendations in regard to migration and integration issues for the countries of the Baltic Sea Region.

More information on the BSPC webpage

 

During meeting of the Working Group on 19 March 2018 in in Stockholm (Sweden). Photo by the Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly

 

 

 

 

During the BSPC Standing Committee meeting on 6 November 2015 in Rīga (Latvia), Photos by Administration of the Saeima (author Ernests Dinka)