The work done on behalf of the Baltic Sea was raised up to a new level with the President’s, Prime Minister’s and BSAG’s joint project kick-off at Säätytalo May 19th. The initiators, President Halonen, Prime Minister Vanhanen and Chairman of the Board of BSAG Ilkka Herlin emphasized together the importance of doing something concrete to the poor situation of the sea and start putting words into action.
The President and Prime Minister both made personal commitments to address the situation of the Baltic Sea in their meetings with heads of states and to invite them o be a part of the now newly launched Baltic Sea Action Summit.
Before the official launch of the BSAS process there were several prestigious companies from various industries that were already committed to the process. Companies that have already made concrete commitments are IBM, Pöyry, Viking Line, Cargotec, Outotec, Bain & Company, Suunnittelutoimisto Taivas and the Swedish Ekomarine.
The kick-off event was a part of a process in which concrete commitments to save the Baltic Sea are collected from both public and private sectors. The first big highlight of the process is the high level summit Baltic Sea Action Summit (BSAS) that will be organized in February 2010 in Helsinki. All heads of states from the Baltic Sea area are invited to the summit. In the launching event in Säätytalo, it became very clear, that in order to solve the various problems of the sea, parallel projects in several problem areas need to be executed. Only talking about these problems is not enough anymore. BSAG is in charge of the program in the Summit and also responsible of getting as many companies from the Baltic Sea area as possible to join the process.
Several prestigious representatives of the media and other influential interest groups were present at the kick-off event in Säätytalo. The atmosphere of the event was extremely warm spirited and excited. As the host of the event, Arto Nyberg stated, it is now time to roll up the sleeves and get to work! There is an action plan (HELCOMs Baltic Sea Action Plan) accepted by the Baltic Sea countries and by the European Union. Now we just need quicker actions to execute the plan.
If you want to ride this positive and well guided wave, make your own commitment for the Baltic Sea. The commitment can be done in our website www.bsas.fi or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. All commitments that help the Baltic Sea and its poor condition are very welcome.
BSAS-joint process:, Secretary General Saara Kankaanrinta tel. +358 50 545 0323,email@example.com
BSAS Commitments: Anna Kotsalo-Mustonen, +358 400 200 480, firstname.lastname@example.org