This Silver Jubilee edition of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Confernce was an overwhelming success, according to the conference participants. With the unanimous adoption of a resolution on cooperation, education and the labour market in the Baltic Sea Region, the 25th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference was successfully concluded in Riga on 30 August.
The Conference unanimously appointed Carola Veit from Hamburg as new BSPC President. Jörgen Pettersson from the Åland Islands and Prof Dr Jānis Vucāns from Latvia were appointed Vice-Chairmen of the Conference.
Ministers and Vice Ministers of Labour and Welfare addressed the Conference
On Tuesday morning, the Ministers and Vice Ministers of Labour and Welfare from Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Norway and Estonia addressed the conference in great detail on labour mobility; trends, causes and solutions of youth unemployment; and support mechanisms, especially for youth. Jānis Reirs, Minister of Welfare from Latvia, Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister of Social Security and Labour from Lithuania, Ms Anette Kramme, Vice Minister for Social Security and Labour from Germany, Thor Kleppen Sættem, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from Norway, and Egle Käärats, Secretary General on Labour and Employment Poliy from Estonia, addressed the parliamentarians.
Contributions from BSPC Working Group and Rapporteurs
The Vice Chairman of the BSPC Working Group on Sustainable Tourism, Sara Kemetter from the Åland Islands, presented the Working Group’s Mid-way report to the conference participants. The group will elaborate its final report for the 26th BSPC in Hamburg.
The parliamentarians were also updated by the BSPC Rapporteur on Integrated Maritime Policy, Jörgen Pettersson from the Åland Islands, the BSPC Rapporteur on Cultural Affairs Sonja Mandt from Norway, the BSPC Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings Thomas Stritzl from Germay, and the BSPC Rapporteur on Eutrophication Saara-Sofia Sirén from Finland on new developments in their respective fields of action. Their written reports are available on the Rapporteurs’ webpage.
More information about the Riga conference.