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Baltic region ministers adopt Vilnius declaration for better quality of life in entire region

2009-10-16

Baltic region ministers adopt Vilnius declaration for better quality of life in entire region

At a meeting in Vilnius on 16 October, ministers in charge of spatial planning and development or persons authorised by them from 11 countries – Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Belarus, Russian Federation and Sweden – passed a Vilnius declaration approving the outlook for the development of the Baltic Sea region until 2030. It is the main document adopted during a conference of this region’s ministers in charge of spatial planning and development held at Lithuania’s initiative in Vilnius.

According to Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Minister of Environment, the new vision and strategy of the Baltic Sea region until 2030 defines the main specific features of closer cooperation among countries of the region in creating a common quality place of living. The Vilnius declaration also points out that cooperation and partnership of urban networks and urban and rural areas must be promoted and internal and external communication must be improved. According to the document, green transport corridors in the Baltic Sea region and their logistic system should embrace land, sea and air transport. It also emphasises the need for ensuring better energy integration of the region, improving the spatial planning and management of sea areas.

It was the seventh conference of Baltic Sea region ministers in charge of spatial planning and development. The first outlook for the spatial planning and development of this region until 2010 was approved in Tallinn 15 years ago. The cooperation network of ministers and experts of 11 Baltic Sea region countries is managed by the conference of ministers and the Baltic Sea Region Spatial Development Supervisory Committee. From 1 July of this year to 30 June 2010 this network is headed by Lithuania.

In this picture: among the signatories of the Vilnius declaration are Ministers A. Nichkasov (Belarus), J. Vapaavuori (Finland), E. Bieńkowska (Poland) and G. Kazlauskas

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16 October 2009

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas