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The condition of the Baltic Sea is a regional concern

2013-11-12

Today, Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis is participating in the 4th Strategy for the Baltic Sea Forum, which is being held in Vilnius. At this forum, representatives from nations in this region will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them when implementing environmental protection requirements and encouraging sustainable growth. They will also discuss how environmental protection can create new jobs and increase a nation's competitiveness. The forum's participants will discuss how the Baltic Sea region contributes to the implementation of “Europa 2020's” strategic goals - progressive, sustainable and integral growth.

“One of the measures required to help protect and improve the Baltic Sea environment is the participation of the private sector,” - said Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis at this morning's plenary meeting. “We are here to exchange ideas about how the private sector can contribute to reaching our environmental protection goals in the Baltic Sea region while still remaining competitive, ecologically efficient and profitable.” According to the minister, we must all admit that, in terms of resources, the condition of the Baltic Sea is very important to the entire region. Therefore, all economic sectors should reduce their negative impact on the environment and balance their use of strategic resources. In his speech, Valentinas Mazuronis mentioned the importance of using renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro and biomass energy. He also drew attention to the fact that using these renewable resources would reduce the EU's dependance on energy imports and would create new jobs.

During the forum's plenary meeting, the importance of a mindful public that participates in the decision-making process was also discussed, as was the importance of keeping the public's interest in mind when making decisions on any agricultural development or environmental protection issues.

About 700 EU institution, regional organization, state and municipal institution, scientific, business and NGO representatives are participating in the event.

The EU's Strategy for the Baltic Sea is the first EU internal regional strategy. Its goal is to strengthen the cooperation between the Baltic Sea region's nations, which together are home to roughly 100 million people. The strategy unites 8 nations – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The goal of the strategy is to save the Baltic sea, unite the region and improve the quality of life for its residents.

Public Information Division
2013-11-12


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