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Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)

CBSS is an informal co-operation organ for the foreign ministers of member countries and the European Commission. It was established in March 1992 and its members include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the European Commission.
The underlying idea is to create a forum for the cooperation between the countries around the Baltic Sea and to achieve a genuinely democratic development in the Baltic Sea region and greater unity between the member countries and also to secure a favourable economic development. Increased cooperation to improve the environment in the region is an important element.


Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC)

According to its objectives BSPC shall aim at strenghtening the common identity of the Baltic Sea Region by close co-operation between national and regional parliaments. BSPC shall initiate and guide political activities in the region and further regional co-operation especially towards the Council of Baltic Sea States. The Parliamentary Conference shall be a forum for debate and information exchange between Parliaments and other organisations in the region both on international and interregional levels.


Conference of European Cross-Border and Interregional City Networks (CECICN) 

The CECICN is an EU platform of eight city networks (Atlantic Arc Cities, Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière, Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities, Medcities, Union of Baltic Cities, Council of Danube Cities and Regions, Central European service for cross-border initiatives, City Twins Association-observer) representing almost 37% of the EU population and involving 600 cities in Territorial Cooperation. Its objective is to boost territorial cooperation among cities with specific geographical features in Europe.

The main aim of this network is to put European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) at the core of the debate about 2014‐2020 policy implementation and the EU 2020 Strategy.


Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC)

The BSSSC claims to be the main political organisation for the decentralised authorities (subregions) in the Baltic Sea Region. Their role is to act as the umbrella organisation for many of the organisations in the Baltic Sea Area in regard to the national and European level, and to be a market place for exchange of experience and the creation of new partnerships.


Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR)

CPMR unites 124 Regions, from 16 countries of the continent, organised in 5 Geographical Commissions representing the Islands, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic Arc and the Mediterranean. Altogether these Regions cover an area more than 50% of the total surface area of the European Union, and represent nearly 40% of its population.


Helsinki Commission

Helsinki Commission of 1974, issued to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea, was the first international agreement to cover all sources of pollution, both from land and from ships as well as airborne.
The governing body of the Convention is the Helsinki Commission - Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - also known as HELCOM. The present contracting parties to HELCOM are Denmark, Estonia, European Community, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.


Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region - Baltic 21

Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region - Baltic 21 - was adopted by the Foreign Ministers at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Meeting in June 22-23, 1998. The Agenda is set up as an action plan for sustainable development in the region. It is worked out jointly by a partnership of nations, international organisations, business, NGO's and international financial institutes.


Baltic Metropoles Network (BaltMet)

Baltic Metropoles Network (BaltMet) represents a forum for capitals and large metropolitan cities around the Baltic Sea. It brings together the cities of Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, St.Petersburg, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw. The main goal of the network is to promote innovativeness and competitiveness in the Baltic Sea Region by engaging cities, as well as academic and business partners, into close cooperation. Another focus area is identity building and marketing of the Baltic Sea Region.


The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is a cooperative effort of thirteen governments, the European Commission and eight international organisations.

The Partnership's mission is to promote sustainable development of the Northern Dimension area by improving peoples' health and social well-being. It aims to contribute to this process by intensifying cooperation, assisting the Partners and Participants in capacity building, and by enhancing coordination between international activities within the Northern Dimension area.


Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic countries have an impressive record of achievement based on cooperation. Today cooperation at political level is conducted via Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers
From this page you can also access information on:

  • The Nordic Swan
  • Cooperation partners
  • Statistics
  • Prizes
  • Nordic Information Offices


The Baltic Assembly

The Baltic Assembly is an organisation established for co-ordinating the Baltic countries' co-operation on the parliamentary level, discussing issues and projects of mutual interest, addressing common problems, and expressing a common position concerning international, economic, political and cultural issues.


Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association (BCCA)

The Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association BCCA is an organisation of altogether 52 Chambers of Commerce in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The BCCA represents more than 400,000 companies belonging to all sectors of the northern and northeastern European market.


VASAB 2010

Vision and Strategies 2010 is an intergovernmental programme of 11 countries of the Baltic Sea Region on multilateral cooperation in spatial planning and development established in 1992, guided by the Conference of Ministers responsible for spatial planning and development (Fifth Conference in Wismar, 20 - 21 September 2001). It is steered by the Commitee on Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSD/BSR) composed of representatives of respective ministries and regional authorities (Germany, Russia). VASAB is focused on implementation of Vision and Strategies on Spatial Development of the BSR adopted by the Ministers responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the BSR countries in 1994 (Towards a Framework for Spatial Development in the Baltic Sea Region)


Baltic Sea Tourism Commission

The Baltic Sea Tourism Commission is a public/private non-profit organisation, created by the countries around the Baltic Sea and open for every organisation and company interested in the aims of the association and accepting its by-laws. BTC was founded in 1983 on an initiative of the Lübeck Chamber of Commerce.
The aim of the BTC is to promote the natural and sustainable development of travel and tourism within and to the Baltic Sea region.


Baltic Ports Organisation (BPO)

It's a network of over 60 ports. The main objective of BPO is to improve the competitiveness of maritime transport in the Baltic region by:

  • increasing the efficiency of ports
  • marketing the Baltic region as the strategic logistics centre
  • improving the infrastructure within the ports and the connection to other modes
  • improving co-operation with the port users/operators
  • applying new technology in the port sector in order to improve the performance and the integration of ports into the transport chain
  • improving cost efficiency
  • good environmental behaviour
  • organizational development
  • co-operation with authorities and interest groups


Baltic Development Forum

Baltic Development Forum has since its establishment in 1999 gradually proven its strength as the Baltic Sea region's main summit organiser and networking forum. Baltic Development Forum's Member Organisation is an exclusive interactive network consisting of business executives from large companies, business services, major cities, institutional investors and business associations. BDF aims to advance the growth potential in the region through the forging of new partnerships between leaders from business, national and local government, academia and media.


Baltic Sea Forum

The Baltic Sea Forum is a non-profit organisation which supports the economical, political and cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea region. It supports the co-operation with the Baltic States as well as with the whole Baltic region, sees to the relations between the European Union and Russia and the development of the south-north-relation between the Baltic and the Mediterranean.
The Baltic Sea Forum has an extended network of members, representatives and partners from all fields of activity as e.g. economy, politics, culture as well as in science in the Baltic region and Central Europe.


Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) INTERREG III B programme belongs to one of the three different strands of the European Community Initiative INTERREG III. The programme is part-financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) covering the period 2000-2006. Strand B of the INTERREG Initiative supports transnational co-operation to enhance balanced and sustainable development of the European territory.


Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE)

In 1994, the Council of Europe established the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) as a consultative body to replace the former Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities. The Congress helps new member states with practical aspects of their progress towards establishing effective local and regional self-government.


United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

UCLG is the result of the unification of the two largest generalist international local government associations, the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) and the United Towns Organisation (UTO/FMCU). United Cities and Local Governments is a new world organisation dedicated to promoting the values, objectives and interests of cities and local governments across the globe. It is the largest local government organisation in the world, with a diverse membership that includes both individual cities and national associations of local governments. UCLG is the global voice of cities and the main local government partner of the United Nations. It promotes the policies and experiences of local governments in key areas such as poverty, sustainable development and social inclusion.


Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

CEMR brings together almost 100,000 local and regional authorities in Europe, from Lisbon to Göteborg, Brest to St Petersburg, Oslo to Palermo, federated through 38 large national associations of local and regional authorities in 27 European countries. Hence, CEMR, since its fusion with IULA (International Union of Local Authorities), is by far the most representative association of local and regional authorities in Europe.



Eurocities is an organisation that wants to ensure that urban affairs are placed high on the European Union's policy agenda: Most decisions taken at EU level affect cities and their citizens. We take the lead to make their voices heard. Eurocities wants to promote transnational cooperation projects between its member cities across Europe: we facilitate their coordination and help provide access to EU-funding.Eurocities wants to foster a networking spirit amongst Europe's large cities: whilst having different cultural, socio-economic and political realities they share common challenges and solutions.
We encourage our members to exchange their expertise, and to be proactive in shaping national and EU policy.


Baltic University Programme (BUP)

The Baltic University Programme is a network of universities in the Baltic Sea region, coordinated by Uppsala University, Sweden. The Programme focuses on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection and democracy, to support the key role that universities play in a peaceful and democratic development."



ARS BALTICA is a forum for multilateral cultural cooperation with an
emphasis on common projects within the Baltic Sea Region. It gives priority to art, culture and cultural history. The key factor is to achieve quality and a very special level of activities.

The intention is to enhance cultural identity in the Baltic Sea Region and also to realize projects of European significance. Its goal is to implement common projects, which in terms of structure and concept are more than the traditional form of bilateral cultural exchange and also to help these projects to become as existing networks of individuals and organisations.


"The Islands of the Baltic Sea"

Since 1989 the largest islands in the Baltic Sea have formed a common interest group, "The Islands of the Baltic Sea", also called Baltic Seven Islands, or just B7.

The islands that are involved from are Bornholm (Denmark), Gotland (Sweden), Hiiumaa (Estonia), Saaremaa (Estonia), Åland (Åland/Finland), Öland (Sweden) and Rügen (Germany).


Conference of the Atlantic Arc Cities

Cities from Scotland to Andalusia, meeting for the first time on 6 and 7 July 2000 in Rennes, decided to set up the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities to strengthen their cooperation activities and increase their political weight at a European level. The members of the Conference, eager to develop a space of solidarity and projects, decided to promote their synergies, develop a series of new co-operation programmes in fields of mutual interest and increase their political weight at a European level.


Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities & Towns

The Association "Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities and Towns" in order to achieve its institutional goal, and in order to facilitate and develop the activity of its Members, intends:
- to foster economic, social, cultural and scientific integration in the Adriatic and Ionian area, in order to facilitate the transborder flows;
- to create a common and overall image in and out the Adriatic and Ionian area
- to play a lead role in the transborder cooperation being a transnational organisation.



Medcities is a network of Mediterranean coastal cities created in Barcelona in November 1991 at the initiative of the Mediterranean Technical Assistance Programme (METAP). The METAP, whose objective is environmental improvement in the Mediterranean region, was established in 1990 by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Commission and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).
The Medcities network is a tool to strengthen the environmental management capability of local administration, but it is also useful in order to identify the domains were a common activation could be the most useful mean to improve the regional environmental conditions.


International Association Cities and Ports

The IACP was created in Le Havre in 1988 on the initiative of cities, ports and their institutional and economic partners to create a permanent structure for the exchange of information and contacts in order to follow projects through in the best possible conditions. The IACP is an international network of decision makers and technicians in the development of ports which has the official status of an international association governed by French law.


United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN HABITAT)

The mission of UN-HABITAT is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.

UN-HABITAT, formerly known as UNCHS (Habitat), was established in October 1978 as the lead agency within the United Nations system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlements. It is the focal point for the implementation of the Habitat Agenda - the global plan of action adopted by the international community at the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 1996. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations system to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world.


European Association Historic Towns and Regions

It is a network of Historic Towns Associations drawing membership from the countries within the Council of Europe - up to 41 countries. Individual towns or regions can also join as 'associate members'. The purpose of the new organisation is to promote the interests of Europe's historic towns - seeking to ensure that policy making bodies recognise and reflect the specific needs of historic towns and their inhabitants and raising public awareness about the importance and value of Europe's cultural Heritage.


The International Network for Urban Development (INTA)

A is an international network that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and renewal across the world.
Incorporated in Paris in 1974 as a not-for-profit association, INTA has been granted Category 2 Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and has Consultative Status with the Council of Europe.


International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

ICLEI is the international environmental agency for local governments. ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local actions. Building a worldwide movement requires that ICLEI functions as a democratic, international association of local governments. Serving a worldwide movement requires that ICLEI operates as an international environmental agency for local governments.
More than 350 cities, towns, counties, and their associations from around the world are full Members of the Council, with hundreds of additional local governments participating in specific ICLEI campaigns and projects. As a movement, association, and agency, ICLEI continues to work towards its environmental and sustainable development goals.


Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling (ACRR)

The ACRR is an International Network of local and regional authorities throughout the European territory and beyond. The association aims to promote the exchange of information and experiences on municipal waste management, and particularly on the prevention at source, recycling and recovery. It's an international network of waste management actors in more than 20 countries.
Activities of the ACRR are open to waste management actors, policy makers or technicians, members of NGO's or associations, who wish to implement or anticipate new regulations; to optimise waste management and to find the best technical solutions; to improve service to citizens and to reinforce environmental communication.


Energy Cities

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities inventing their energy future. Founded in 1990, Energy Cities represents more than 1000 local authorities from 30 countries. The Union of the Baltic Cities has been a member of Energy Cities since 2008.


Climate Alliance

The Climate Alliance is an association of European cities and municipalities that have entered into a partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples. This worldwide alliance is united by a common concern for the world's climate. Our climate protection contributions build upon commitment and diversity at the local level. We view our initiative as a part of efforts towards sustainable development and North-South equity. Since its foundation in 1990, almost 1000 European cities, municipalities and district authorities have joined the Climate Alliance. Regional governments and non-governmental organizations collaborate as associated members.


World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with primary responsibility for international health matters and public health. Through WHO, which was created in 1948, the health professions of over 180 countries exchange their knowledge and experience, working for the attainment by all citizens of the world of a level of health that will permit them to lead socially and economically productive lives.


Baltic Region Healthy Cities Office

The purpose of sub-regional Healthy Cities offices is to expand and reinforce the capacity of WHO Centre for Urban Health to support project cities and national networks. The offices will act as an extended operational arm of the WHO Healthy Cities programme by establishing close and frequent contacts with cities and networks, by building a knowledge base of local needs, and by drawing on the technical resources of the cities and countries of the Baltic Region.


Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS)

Established in 1952 as one of the world's first environmental Non-Governmental Organisations, the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea (ACOPS) originally concentrated on encouraging international agreements to reduce marine oil pollution. Since then, ACOPS has expanded its interests to include land-based sources of marine pollution, as well as other aspects of degradation of the coastal and marine environment.


Global Islands Network

The Global Islands Network is a non-profit organisation established to
facilitate people on islands to acquire, disseminate and utilise natural
resource knowledge resources.


Arco Latino

Arco Latino is an association of Spanish and Italian provinces and French departments in the western Mediterranean, spread on a Euro-territory in the South of Europe from the Algarve to Sicily. The territory covering the western Mediterranean is an area of different dimensions. In the broadest sense, Arco Latino is defined as an area including provinces and second-level local administrations from four member states of the European Union: Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. It is a vast geographic area with more than 70 million inhabitants spread over a varying territory: coastal regions, islands and inland and border regions.


The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)

The International Federation for Housing and Planning is a world-wide network of professionals representing the broad field of housing and planning. The Federation organises a wide range of activities and creates opportunities for an international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field. Among these activities, the most prominent event is the annual congress devoted to a topical theme.


European Union of Exiled and Expelled People (EUEEP)

The European Union of Exiled and Expelled People is the first European organism of patronage that represents democratically the interests and protects the rights of over than 15 million European citizens deprived of their properties, their civil rights and fundamental freedoms before, during and after the Second World War.


Przegląd Samorządowy

It is a free monthly regional showing what is happening in the different local government units. It presents the most important events, initiatives and projects at the provincial, municipal, county and municipal level.


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