Council of the Baltic Sea States
Building collaboration and trust

The Council of the Baltic Sea States is an intergovernmental political forum for regional cooperation. Consisting of 10 Member States and the European Union, it supports a regional perspective on global challenges.



The CBSS' work is guided by its three long-term priorities: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region, and Safe & Secure Region.

Regional Identity

To foster a Baltic Sea Region identity and intensify contacts supporting its further development.

Safe & Secure Region

To enhance societal security and safety in the Baltic Sea Region.

Sustainable & Prosperous Region

To develop the Baltic Sea Region as a model region of sustainable societies.

”The CBSS plays a key role in helping to underpin a stable, democratic, prosperous and undivided Europe.”
Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General
Former UN Secretary-General
Plungė, Lithuania

Updates from CBSS

New staff at the CBSS (and a farewell)

In September 2023, we were pleased to welcome our new Deputy Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Gustav Lindström, and our new Senior Advisor for Regional Identity, Kazimierz Musial. We also bid farewell to our previous Deputy Director General, Bernd Hemingway.

Open Call: CBSS Summer University 2023 in Gdańsk

A call for applications to participate in the CBSS Summer University 2023 in Gdańsk, Poland on "Strategic Narratives of Balticness. Foundations of Identity". Students of all ranks who are interested in how identity in the Baltic Sea Region can be comprehended are welcome to apply.

CBSS at the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2023 in Riga

The 14th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region “Safe and Sustainable Baltic Sea Region for Future Generations” will take place on 4-5 October 2023 in Riga, Latvia.

The European Forum against Human Trafficking For Forced Labour And Labour Exploitation

The Council of the Baltic Sea States and the National Coordination against Prostitution and Trafficking in Human Beings at the Swedish Gender Equality Agency ask you to save the date for the European Forum against Human Trafficking for Forced Labour and Labour Exploitation, taking place on 7-8 December 2023 in Stockholm.