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A meeting dedicated to the future of the Baltic Sea held in Vilnius


The seventh meeting of the Working Group on Reduction of Pressures from the Baltic Sea Catchment Area of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) is held at the Ministry of the Environment this week. The main goal of this commission established for the purposes of the 1992 Helsinki Convention is to ensure the environmental protection of the Baltic Sea catchment area.

The meeting of the PRESSURE working group features discussions on a number of issues, including waste in the sea, underwater noise, evaluation and processing of inflows of nutrients, substances which pose danger to the marine environment, wastewater silt treatment, physical damage to the seabed, and other issues important for the Baltic Sea.

The HELCOM meeting is attended by experts, researchers, representatives of non-governmental organisations from countries of the Baltic Sea region – Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Finland and Sweden as well as EU officials. It is expected that decisions regarding the procedure for submitting reports on the implementation of the wastewater silt treatment recommendation will be passed and agreement on the list of dangerous substances arriving together with air to be monitored in the nearest future will be reached.

In addition to the main PRESSURE meeting, three additional expert meetings on the topics of evaluation of the progress of reduction of inflows of nutrients to the Baltic Sea, sea waste and wastewater silt treatment are held.

Public Relations Department
26 October 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas