RIGA - Latvia today is taking over the presidency at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, also known as the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), LETA learned from the Latvian Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.
The presidency will last for two years - until June 30, 2024. Latvia is taking over the presidency from Germany.
One of the priorities of Latvia's presidency is to ensure that HELCOM operates as an effective and well-functioning organization of regional cooperation which is capable of action, including in unforeseen and force majeure situations.
Also, Latvia notes that a healthy and resilient Baltic Sea ecosystem is the ultimate objective of the Baltic Sea Action Plan against which its entire performance is measured.
HELCOM vision is “a healthy Baltic Sea environment, with diverse biological components functioning in balance, resulting in good environmental status and supporting a wide range of sustainable human economic and social activities.”