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CBSS Solar System

An overview of how the different structures of the Council of the Baltic Sea States interact with each other. For more information see www.cbss.org.

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Transcript of CBSS Solar System

Long-term priority:
Safe & Secure

Task Force Against
Trafficking in
Human Beings
The overall objective of the Task Force
(TF-THB) is to counteract trafficking in human beings in the Baltic Sea Region through preventive and protective activities. The mandate of the TF-THB is to fight against trafficking in human beings and all of its forms of exploitation. The Task Force is composed of experts from relevant Government ministries in all the CBSS capitals.
Long-term priority:
Sustainable &
Prosperous Region

Long-term priority:

The Council
Heads of

Committee of
Senior Officials


Balticlab is an innovation & leadership programme, run in partnership by the CBSS and the Swedish Institute. The programme brings entrepreneurs and creatives in the region together to explore new perspectives and sources of inspiration, and to prototype the future.
The CBSS Summer University is an education programme, which through collaboration with regional university partners, offers students a course centred around subjects linked to the Baltic Sea Region.
Horizontal Action

HA Neighbours is one of the four horizontal actions of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The main purpose of HA Neighbours is to bring together stakeholders in the EU member states and neighbouring countries, especially the North Western territories of the Russian Federation, as well as Belarus, Iceland and Norway, through facilitating joint meetings and projects. HA Neighbours is coordinated by the CBSS Secretariat & the City of Turku.
Baltic Sea
Youth Dialogue
A programme for young people to exchange perspectives on the Baltic Sea Region. Its focus is on encouraging youth to participate in the regional conversation, through disciplines such as journalism & history.
EuroFaculty was initiated to support the development of university curricula and teaching methods of selected universities within the Baltic Sea Region. The follow-up to EuroFaculty will support the mandate of the CBSS, promoting networking between universities and academic institutes.
An international cultural network reporting to the Conference of Ministers of Culture and promoting multinational partnership projects.
Baltic Region Heritage Committee
Established in 1998, composed of nominated representatives of state authorities in charge of national heritage management in ten countries. The Committees´ work is organised in three working groups: Underwater Cultural Heritage, Coastal Culture & Maritime Heritage and 20th Century Built Heritage.


CBSS Science, Research & Innovation
Launched after the CBSS Science Ministerial in 2016, to ensure an enduring transnational platform for cooperation in the domains of higher education and research.

Baltic TRAM is an international project, which seeks to strengthen the relationship between analytical research institutions and business, and links expertise to concrete industrial needs. The overall objective is to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialisation strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium size enterprises. The results of TRAM feed into the work of Baltic Science Network. The CBSS focuses on the smart specialisation aspect of the project.
Baltic Science
Baltic Science Network's (BSN) aim is to provide science and research ministries of the CBSS Member States, as well as relevant transnational networks and actors, with an overall coordination framework. This facilitates the development and implementation of a macro-regional approach to research policies, with a specific focus on enhanced researcher mobility.

Expert Group on Sustainable Development -
Baltic 2030

The overall mission of the EGSD-Baltic 2030 is to facilitate, support and promote macro-regional engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the operationalisation of its goals and targets. The Expert Group reports to the CBSS Committee of Senior Officials and meets at least twice every year.
Horizontal Action

HA Climate is one of the four horizontal actions of the EUSBSR. HA Climate facilitates Baltic Sea cooperation in the fields of climate adaptation, as well as low emission development. The HA is coordinated by the Baltic 2030 Unit of the CBSS.
Baltic 2030

The Baltic 2030 Unit at the CBSS Secretariat supports the work of the Baltic 2030 Expert Group and implements the agenda set out in the Baltic 2030 Action Plan through its work with regional networks, projects, as well as the coordination of the EUSBSR Horizontal Action Climate.
Climate Dialogue

In its role as HA Climate, Baltic 2030 facilitates a climate dialogue for the region. Through a series of Round Tables, which convene national representatives, climate scientists and stakeholders from NGOs in the Baltic Sea region. The platform promotes macro-regional cooperation and contributes to the implementation of EU climate policies.
Climate Dialogue Platform is a flagship under HA Climate.
Integrated Storm Water Management project supported by the INTERREG Central Baltic programme aims to improve the urban planning in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region via developing integrated storm water management systems. iWater is a flagship project under HA Climate.
Baltic Leadership
Programme on
2030 Agenda

The Baltic Leadership Programme on 2030 Agenda is an initiative by the Swedish Institute in cooperation with the Council of the Baltic Sea States and EUSBSR Horizontal Action Capacity. It is a capacity-building programme specifically designed for increasing sustainability leadership skills of actors working with national and macro-regional implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The BLP provides tools for implementation and cross-sectorial cooperation, expert training on communication, monitoring, and links between national and macro-regional stakeholders.
CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit is a partner in this multi-disciplinary project – SEA-RIMS, (Sustainable and Ethical Adaptation to Rising Mean Sea levels), funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas. During the next 5 years, researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Philosophy Division and Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) together with 6 municipalities from the south of Sweden will look into potential ethical problems caused by the rising sea levels. The project will produce scenarios and tools to be used by municipal and regional decision makers in creating long-term adaptation plans.
Cooperation with
Russia & Belarus

An extra contribution from the Swedish Government for participation of partners from Russia & Belarus in Baltic 2030 projects and activities, related to the implementation of the Baltic 2030 Agenda and climate cooperation.
Expert Group
on Maritime Policy

The Expert Group on Maritime Policy contributes to sustainable growth and employment in the maritime sector, coordinating sea related activities and tasks.
Baltic Sea
Labour Forum

BSLF is a cooperation body of 28 member organisations from 8 countries, where trade unions, employers organisations, parliaments and governmental organisations work together to create sustainable regional labour markets within the Baltic Sea Region. The first CBSS Labour Ministers meeting was held back to back with the BSLF Round Table in June 2017.

VASAB is an intergovernmental multilateral co-operation of 11 countries of the Baltic Sea Region in spatial planning and development. VASAB is guided by the Conference of Ministers responsible for spatial planning and development. It is steered by the Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR), composed of representatives of respective ministries and regional authorities. It has a Secretariat in Riga.

Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation (BASREC) is an intergovernmental network, covering the issues of energy and energy-related climate policy in the region. The body is guided by Ministerial Meetings, with the Group of Senior Energy Officials being the body responsible for implementing the decisions and recommendations made by the ministers. BASREC meets on an ad-hoc basis.
Unit at the CBSS Secretariat
The work of the Task Force is realised by the TF-THB Unit at the CBSS Secretariat in Stockholm. This includes day-to-day implementation of decisions made by the Task Force, as well as running projects linked to the priorities of the Task Force.
A follow-up initiative on the STROM project in selected municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region, focusing on on the pilot implementation of the municipality guidelines developed in the STROM project. It is a transnational project that aims to strengthen the capacity and role of municipalities in the chain of assistance to victims of human trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region.
STROM II is a flagship project under EUSBSR Policy Area Secure.
Soft Security
& Migration
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, in close cooperation with the Icelandic Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the CBSS Secretariat organised a conference on Soft Security and Migration in the Baltic Sea Region on 30-31 May 2017. The conference focused on discussing the impact and lessons learned from 2015-2016 in the Baltic Sea Region. Based on the results of the debates, Anders Lisborg (Denmark), Magdalena Lesińska (Poland), Bjarney Fridriksdottir (Iceland) have elaborated a final report to present best practices in migration policy, as well as recommendations for future migration management and integration policies in the Baltic Sea Region.
Trafficking along Migration Routes (TRAM)
The main project objective is to support and enable the integration of victims of trafficking among vulnerable migrants and refugees, including separated and unaccompanied children, by establishing a multidisciplinary and transnational approach for early identification, referral, service provision and protection in the context of the current migration and asylum processes in transit and destination countries along the migration route. Both the CBSS TF-THB Unit & CBSS CAR Unit are involved in the project, which is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.
Expert Group
On Children
At Risk
The Expert Group on Children at Risk (CAR) is a platform to support children at risk regionally. The Expert Group consists of officials from the CBSS Member States appointed by the ministries responsible for children’s issues. Together the group shares national developments and discusses ways to address gaps in services, expertise and capacity.
Children At Risk
The Children at Risk Unit at the CBSS Secretariat implements decisions made by the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (CAR) and initiates projects and cooperation on child rights and protection issues in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond.
The PROMISE project has since 2015 been part of consolidating and strengthening the Barnahus Movement in Europe, by exchanging learning and providing quality standards and tools. PROMISE II will be launched in November 2017 and will continue into 2019. The project aims to support national level implementation, capacity building and cooperation.
The project promotes the elimination of corporal punishment though changing mind-sets and public opinion at large. The initiative will share, discuss and systematize the experiences in the Baltic Sea Region in transforming traditional attitudes with a wide range of target groups. These include families, children and communities; policy makers, public officials and independent institutions; researchers; as well as with the media and faith-based organisations.
Expert Group
on Nuclear &
Radiation Safety
The Expert Group on Nuclear and Radiation Safety (EGNRS) established in 1992, gathers together the respective national authorities of the CBSS members and its observers. The Expert Group meets twice a year and additionally in smaller sub-groups on an ad-hoc basis to discuss specific tasks. The EGNRS is also an expert forum for initiating cooperation activities related to radiological emergency planning.
Task Force on
The Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime (BSTF-OC), created on May 04, 1996 in Visby as a result of a decision taken by the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States. It comprises of 11 personal representatives of the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden).
Baltic Sea Region
Border Control
The Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC), established in 1996, is a platform for daily inter-agency interaction in the field of environmental protection and combating cross-border crime in the Baltic Sea region, with a certain maritime focus. Cooperation Partners are Police, Border Guards, Coast Guards and Customs Authorities.
Civil Protection
Since 2002 the Civil Protection Network (CPN) coordinates joint measures in the field of civil protection in the Baltic Sea Region. The network members include the Danish Emergency Management Agency, Estonian Rescue Board, Ministry of the Interior of Finland, Hamburg Rescue and Fire Service, National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia, Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), National Headquarters of the State Fire Service of Poland, EMERCOM of Russia & the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).
Civil Protection
Senior Officials

The Civil Protection Network meets annually at senior expert level and on an ad hoc basis in different constellations in order to discuss particular issues or prepare joint projects.
Director Generals
Civil Protection

The Civil Protection Network (CPN) also convenes annually at the level of Directors-General to exchange views on ongoing activities and to coordinate joint measures in the field of civil protection, critical infrastructure protection and other emergency preparedness issues in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Network of Prosecutors General of the Baltic Sea States focuses their work on prosecution-related issues such as: mutual legal assistance and extradition in criminal matters, counter-trafficking in human beings; and environmental crime in the Baltic Sea Region.
ENPRO is the Network of Prosecutors on Environmental Crime in the Baltic Sea Region. ENPRO works under the auspices of the Network of the Prosecutors General in the Baltic Sea region. The members of ENPRO are prosecutors appointed by the Prosecutors General. ENPRO convenes once a year at a conference but the members of the Network also work between the conferences. ENPRO reports to the Prosecutors General yearly and the Prosecutors General also confirm ENPRO’s plan of action on the basis of the recommendations of ENPRO.
The CBSS Children at Risk Unit is a partner in this project on guardianship which, combined with the work being done in the PROTECT project, follows up on the Stockholm Conclusions on protecting unaccompanied children.
Policy Area Secure
Policy Area Secure is one of the 13 policy areas of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). PA Secure is co-coordinated by the CBSS Secretariat and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). The policy area encompasses two fields: civil protection and law enforcement. The work is guided by a Steering Group, which meets twice a year, and implemented through flagship projects.

HAZARD is a project that brings together rescue agencies, relevant authorities, logistics operators, and established knowledge partners on key safety and security issues from seven Baltic Sea Region countries. The project aims to contribute to a better use of risk analysis and assessment by responsible actors and will improve the communication and operational capability in emergencies between the actors. The project’s duration is planned from 2016-2018 and is led by the University of Turku (Finland). Hazard is a flagship project under EUSBSR Policy Area Secure.
Baltic Leadership
Programme in
Civil Protection

The Baltic Leadership Programme in Civil Protection is an initiative by the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Contingencies Agency and the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The programme seeks to create a network of key civil protection actors in the Baltic Sea region and equip them with the tools and information needed to manage cross-border collaboration and projects between diverse organisations in an intercultural context. BLP is a flagship under EUSBSR PA Secure.

EVAPREM: Developing an evaluation model to assess prevention measures, is a flagship project under EUSBSR PA Secure and aims to develop a universal and comprehensive model for evaluating the effectiveness of prevention measures within fire and rescue services. The aim is to deepen understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of the prevention services considering the corresponding socio-economic environment.

The FIRE-IN project is set to improve national and European Fire & Rescue capability development. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. The project has 15 partners from 8 European countries, representing research, practitioners, governmental agencies and business. Within the next 5 years the project will identify Fire & Rescue practitioners’ requirements and needs to connect them with relevant innovative technologies.
The project is a flagship project under EUSBSR Policy Area Secure, with the CBSS Secretariat a partner in the project.
Heads of the Baltic Sea Region Border Control
The meeting of the Heads of the BSRBCC takes place annually. The meeting of the Heads serves as the decision-making body for the cooperation initiative, and it approves the operational strategy. An operational and economic mandate for cooperation is created through the meeting of chiefs.

The STAC-CBRNE project – Strengthening the Transnational Capacity of the Management of CBRNE agents related to Emergencies – funded by the Swedish Institute’s Seed Funding Facility, offers a platform for developing long-term cooperation on CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) issues in the Baltic Sea Region.
The project is a flagship project under EUSBSR Policy Area Secure and receives input from the CBSS Secretariat.

BALEX DELTA exercises take place each year. Organised by the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) the exercises test the response capability of the participating countries in case of a major accident, such as an oil spill, and an international response operation. The general objective of the BALEX DELTA exercises is to ensure that every Contracting Party (signed to the Helsinki Convention) is able to lead a major response operation. Balex Delta 2018 is hosted by Sweden and is a flagship under EUSBSR Policy Area Secure.

Enablement besides Constraints: Human Security and a Cyber Multi-Disciplinary Framework in the European High North

The project examines digitisation and cyber-security in the European High North (EHN) referring to the northern parts of three Nordic countries: Finland, Norway and Sweden from the human security perspective. The overall research task consists of individualising and explaining cyber-security when it comes to mitigating threats but also to empowering both individuals and communities in the EHN to cope with new, ICT-related socio-politico-legal, cultural, economic and environmental challenges.
ECoHuCy is a flagship project under EUSBSR PA Secure.
Senior Officials
Group on Culture
During the Latvian Presidency in 2008-2009, CBSS Ministers of Culture stressed the importance of culture as a factor in regional development. Hence the Senior Officials Group on Culture was set up and held its first annual meeting during the Lithuanian Presidency in 2009.

Established in 1998 in Stockholm, to support to the Chairmanship of the CBSS and the structures and working bodies of the Council. Ensures continuity and enhanced coordination of the CBSS activities within the 3 long-term priorities: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region and Safe & Secure Region.
The CSO monitors, facilitates and coordinates the work of all CBSS structures. Its members are high ranking representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 11 CBSS Member States, as well as of the European Union.
Aims to develop and foster the concept of Baltic Sea Region identity and a sense of belonging through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, networks and projects.
Promoting dialogue on climate change, transition towards a competitive, green & low-carbon economy, cooperation in maritime policy, sustainable growth and mobility in the
Baltic Sea Region.
The Safe & Secure long-term priority of the CBSS addresses societal security, developing sustainable national & transnational child protection systems, counteracting all forms of trafficking in human beings and strengthening societal resilience to disasters and hazards in all stages of crises.
Consisting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, as well as a representative of the European Union. The Council gives overall political guidance to the organisation. The Chairmanship of the Council rotates among the members annually.
The Council Members report to their respective national Heads of Government. Baltic Sea States Summits have taken place since 1996.
The main purpose of the CBSS PSF is to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea Region (BSR) cooperation projects contributing to CBSS long-term priorities, bringing added value for the Baltic Sea Region, showing impact in regional cooperation and fostering sustainable partnerships.
PSF was created at the 9th Baltic Sea States Summit in Stralsund, Germany, on 30 – 31 May 2012. The facility is currently renewed for the period 2017-2019 with an amount of 1 mil euro. The selection committee is chaired by the CBSS Presidency country.
The project focuses on capacity-building for professionals responsible for handling transnational child protection cases. PROTECT works on how to identify, protect and eliminate the risk of exploitation and trafficking for children on the move. Currently in its 3rd stage (Protect III). In cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers, Protect continues during 2017 and 2018 with a meeting series focusing on identification and referral systems including child participation.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States has eleven countries with Observer Status: Belarus, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the USA.
The Council has 17 Strategic Partners: B7 Baltic Seven Islands, BASTUN, BCCA, Baltic Development Forum, Baltic Sea Forum, Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, BSRUN, BSSSC, BUP, Business Advisory Council
CPMR, HELCOM, IOM, NGO Forum, OECD, ScanBalt, UBC. The CBSS organises annual coordination meetings with the partners.
Conference of
Ministers of Culture
The Conferences of Ministers of Culture give political guidance and take decisions on strategic policy issues and initiatives. The Conferences of Ministers of Culture have been held since 1993. In between the Ministerial Conferences, cooperation is coordinated by Senior Officials who meet at least once a year in the country holding the CBSS presidency.

‘CRCC – Making Communities Resilient to Climate Change: Cross-Sectorial Cooperation in Capacity-building’ is a project funded by the Swedish Institute. Within the scope of CRCC a new project is in development: ‘CASCADE: Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development’, has the United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as one of its cornerstones, and aims at creating improved knowledge, and strengthen the management skills at BSR macro-regional and city-level, to tackle climate change risks.
Baltic Sea Labour Partnership (BSLP)

A Swedish Institute seed money funded project, strengthening cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of labour and employment through developing a platform for tripartite dialogue between social partners and governments, taking the existing Network, the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) as a ground and ensuring its sustainability by finding an appropriate solution for securing long-term financial support.
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