Helcom Heads of Delegation Meeting, 17-18 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland.

Helcom Heads of Delegation meeting, preparing for the decisions for Baltic Sea region environmnetal minsters in October, was not very encouraging. Governments did not show strong interest to fully implement the actions for Baltic Sea environment protection that was decided on in 2007. Some countries rather seem to try to get away from the concrete actions, time-lines etc.

One positive outcome of the Helcom meeting was to establish a correspondence group, to go through the whole sections related to fisheries management, and see the need for new ministerial decisions to fully implement actions agreed upon in 2007. The Swedish delegation made such proposal after some CCB-interventions, that  pointed out that present draft proposal for the ministerial declaration would not secure the implementation of the fisheries management actions from 2007.