Council of the Baltic Sea States - Icelandic Presidency 2005-2006

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Iceland will hold the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006. Iceland became member of CBSS in 1995, three years after its establishment, and is taking over the Presidency for the first time. Although Iceland is not adjacent to the Baltic Sea, it belongs to Northern Europe and has contributed to democratic development, trade and investment in the Baltic Sea area since the early nineties.

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During its Presidency, Iceland will put energy issues on its list of priorities, especially the use of new and renewable energy sources and sustainable use of energy in the region. To this end Iceland will host a meeting of Energy Ministers of the member states in Reykjavik in October. Protection of the environment is another of our priorities, in particular the maritime environment, as well as cooperation on nuclear and radiation safety. Iceland places great value on cooperation with the regional organizations in Northern Europe and the European Union on the basis of the Northern Dimension. Other issues that will feature high on the agenda during the Icelandic Presidency will be enhanced cooperation with Ukraine, promotion of trade, investment, and children’s issues.

Iceland will also take the chair in three working groups for the next year, in the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), the Working Group of Economic Cooperation (WGEC) and the Group of Senior Energy Officials (GSEO).