2018 Tallinn


Date, Time

Tuesday, 5 June, 9.00-10.30


Video greetings by Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner on Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries 


Key-note speech by Mr Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Oceana in Europe



Mr Siim Kiisler, Minister of the Environment of Estonia

MDalius Krinickas, Vice-Minister of the Environment of Lithuania  

Ms Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Director, HELCOM

Ms Veronica Manfredi, Director of Quality of Life Directorate, European Commission

Mr Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Oceana in Europe



Dr Jacob Carstensen, Professor of Marine Ecology, Aarhus University



The status of the Baltic Sea needs joint efforts from all Baltic Sea states to achieve the good status of its marine environment by 2021.

The results of the first version of the ‘State of the Baltic Sea’ report show that although there have been signs of improvement in some cases, the Baltic Sea Action Plan’s goals and ecological objectives have not been achieved.

This high-level panel will discuss how to proceed with our joint efforts in the light of EUSBSR, the HELCOM BSAP, the ‘State of the Baltic Sea’ report (holistic assessment), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the results of the recent HELCOM ministerial meeting. Even though the 2021 objective has not been reached, we need to move forward as quickly as possible in order to ensure effective regional cooperation and thus input for global ocean challenges.


Session coordinator

Ms Agni Kaldma, Senior Officer, Ministry of the Environment of Estonia 

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 Updated 01.06.2018