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Baltic region transport ministers to meet in Moscow at Transport Week

Transport ministers of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) are to hold a conference on Wednesday 5 December. Maxim Sokolov, Russia’s Minister of Transport, Marit Arnstad, Minister of Transport of the Kingdom of Norway, Aivis Ronis, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Minister for Infrastructure of the Kingdom of Sweden, and Juhan Parts, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia, have confirmed that they will be attending.

The programme for the plenary session includes a presentation by Russia’s Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov on the Russian Federation’s state policy on marine transport in the Baltic Sea region, including the key themes of Russia’s presidency of the CBSS. The conference will examine implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and the management of shipping traffic in the Baltic Sea region in order to ensure safety and to minimise negative effects on the environment, and also the first results of practical implementation of the provisions of Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention 74/78.

It is also planned to have presentations by heads of transport agencies in the CBSS member states on national policy relating to marine transport in the Baltic Sea region.

A final declaration will be adopted by the participants to sum up the results of the conference.

For reference:
Transport Week 2012 is a unique format which includes a range of business, scientific and socio-cultural events bringing transport industry professionals together at the same venue. For more information, go to the event website.
Transport Week 2012 is organised by the Russian Federation Ministry of Transport and managed by Business Dialogue.

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