Baltic states review environmental progress

Strong progress has been made on tightening maritime safety standards in the Baltic Sea, concluded members of the Helsinki Commission meeting for their annual conference this week in Finland. The Commission agreed a package of measures last year in response to projections that oil tanker traffic will increase substantially over the next decade (EED 10/09/01). News on efforts to reduce nutrient and hazardous substances pollution in the Baltic was less positive (EED 03/09/01). Plans to strengthen cooperation with the Ospar convention on the protection of the north-east Atlantic were also discussed. See press release.

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