‘Our Baltic’ conference to address major environmental threats

Eight ministers will sign a declaration, committing to reach new targets

Photo: EU Virginijus Sinkevičius.

On Monday, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, will open a high-level conference ‘Our Baltic’ that will address the environmental threats in the Baltic region. It will focus on how to reduce pressure on the Baltic Sea and boost existing commitments in protecting it, as well as undertake new actions to tackle these problems. 

Action is needed in the Baltic to improve its state and preserve its biodiversity, and this is why I took the initiative to bring the relevant decision makers to the table, and see how we can reduce pollution and litter, promote sustainable fishing, and roll out a common approach to reducing the inputs of nutrients, Commissioner Sinkevičius stressed.

During the event ministers for environment, agriculture and fisheries from the eight EU Member States in the region - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden will also sign a declaration which will build on reinforced implementation of existing EU legislation in these countries and commit to reaching new targets agreed in the new EU strategies.

The most predominant threats in the Baltic Sea stem from excessive nutrients leading to eutrophication, high fishing pressure on some stocks in the past, marine litter, pollutants and contaminants including pharmaceuticals. 

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