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

First Cultural Pearls 2024 award ceremony taking place in Kiel

On 1 March, the BSR Cultural Pearls 2024 local award ceremony will take place in Kiel to create momentum in the community and highlight culture-driven activities that the city will carry out in the title year to engage citizens, foster a sense of belonging and trust, and thereby fortifying community strength and social resilience.

Culture for Resilience Forum 2024

The Culture for Resilience Forum 2024, an event which will focus on the role of culture in societal resilience and community strengthening, is set to take place in Jakobstad, Finland on 7-8 May 2024. Pre-registration is now open.