Eco-cooperation with Russia vital for Baltics despite sanctions

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Ministers of all nine Baltic Sea states and the European Union meet in Brussels (6 March) for the Helsinki Commission’s, HELCOM, ministerial meeting. This meeting is of utmost importance.

From 1997 to 2017 about €1bn, of which approximately one-third comprise international loans and grants and two-thirds domestic Russian resources, have been designated to environmental projects in St Petersburg. The results are visible in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland, where the ecological state of the sea has improved as the discharge of pollution from St Petersburg has significantly decreased.

But the long era of positive development ended abruptly in 2014 with the political conflict that emerged when Russia invaded Ukraine. The political tension in the region has continued since then, and it has had serious negative consequences for environmental cooperation…

Read more : EUObserver, 06.03.2018