Focus on Climate Research Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region

Climate and energy issues are the focus of a new working party consisting of MPs from the Baltic Sea Region. Ann-Kristina Johansson, who represents the Nordic Council on the group, calls for closer co-operation on research and exchange of information about effective political instruments capable of making an impact on energy generation and consumption.
 Focus on Climate Research Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region
The aim of the group is to strengthen regional co-operation on energy and climate change. The first meeting was held in Estonia on Tuesday, chaired by the Estonian MP Mart Jüssi.
Ann-Kristina Johansson was optimistic after the meeting in Tallinn. "The turnout was good and everybody was very committed. I expect the group to focus on ways of involving ordinary people, especially youngsters, in work to reduce climate gases," said Johansson, who is also a member of the Nordic Council Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Anne Grete Holmsgaard MP from Denmark was elected deputy-chairperson of the group.

"There was a lot of support for concentrating on increased energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources. All the countries involved would benefit form working together on renewables. I look forward to continuing with this work and also expect Russian MPs to join the group," she said.

The working group for energy and climate change operates within the framework of Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC). The Swedish MP Sinikka Bohlin is chair of the BSPC in 2008.