9:32 CEST: The 29th BSPC conference opened
On behalf of H. E. Mr. Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Sigitas Mitkus, adviser to the President on Foreign Policy Issues addressed over 150 participants of the conference. In his speech he referred to the situation in Belarus expressing his support for the aspirations of the Belarusian people on their way to freedom. He reminded that 30 years ago the Baltic states gained independence and stressed that Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia received significant support from other countries.
Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania in his speech emphasized the importance of cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region to ensure sustainable development in this region. He expressed hope that the region will remain an area of peaceful cooperation based on rules of law and human rights.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries expressed his strong belief that the cooperation between the countries of the region should be strengthened in order to improve the environmental situation of the Baltic Sea. He announced the organization of a summit meeting of ministers responsible for the state of the environment in the RMB
The 29th BSPC is being chaired by Valerijus Simulik, President of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference