Russia suspended from further participation in the Council’s activities in response to the unprovoked and illegal war now being waged by Russia against Ukraine

Yesterday (03.03.2022.) the following statement was published by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “The members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the European Union – have decided to suspend Russia from further participation in …

Lithuanian chairmanship July 2020 – July 2021

On July 1, 2020, the Republic of Lithuania assumed the presidency of the Baltic Sea States Council, taking it over from Denmark, alongside with the chairmanship of the Baltic Region Heritage Committee. Lithuania dedicated its year in the capacity to pursue four achievable, practical, and visible priorities: sustainable development, especially …

Cultural heritage in a changing climate Oslo Forum 2021 28.- 30. september

The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Arts Council Norway hosted the 7th forum of the Baltic Region Heritage Committee (BRHC).

About the conference
With mitigation and adaptation as two key concepts, we bring together stakeholders from the cultural heritage sector, museums, researchers, students, architects and urban planners, NGOs and municipalities in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region for a three-day digital conference 28.-30. September 2021.

Conference recordings
You can watch the video recordings of the program on the forum website
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Symposium „Transformation of cultural environments” and meeting of the BRHC 4-5 November, Copenhagen, Denmark

On the 4th November 2019 in Copenhagen at the Docken will be organized a symposium „Transformation of cultural environments” aimed for sharing experiences, successes and failures between people, who are engaged in cultural environments and spatial planning on issues. The symposium focuses on topics regarding the fact that by 2050, 70% of …

International conference Digital approaches in cultural heritage: towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network, 21-22 May, Riga, Latvia

On 21-22 May 2019 in Riga at the National Library of Latvia will be organised international conference aimed for raising awareness between culture workers and specialists, including young professionals and policy-makers on issues related to digital cultural heritage. Cultural heritage sector faces increased pressure to digitise its physical collections and …

Latvian chairmanship in the BRHC 2018/2019

2018/2019 the BRHC chair is Latvia, following the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Latvian Presidency is guided in its work by three priority focus areas: Integrity and Societal Security, Responsibility and Dialogue.

The CBSS member states share a common value – the Baltic Sea coast with its special character and cultural heritage, one that is enriched by the many diverse contributions from each of the countries along its shores. There is a tendency towards a broader understanding of cultural heritage as an important element in the development of a democratic, law-based and culture oriented society. Cultural heritage plays a role both in shaping regional identity and ensuring sustainable growth – the long term CBSS priorities.

The notion of cultural heritage is expanding. It is no longer something exclusive to be revered, it is becoming an integral part of our societal living space. This space is constantly evolving, which means that heritage systems should be flexible and able to adapt to these changes. The preservation of cultural heritage calls for an interdisciplinary approach which looks at the wider context beyond a particular object or sector. The opportunities offered by our modern era should be increasingly used in the preservation of cultural heritage. A dialogue among experts and other stakeholders is necessary in order to discuss heritage preservation systems, including systems for recent cultural heritage, as well as, the use of contemporary methods and technologies to find models that best serve these contexts.

Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States 2018/2019 

Meeting of the BRHC 3.October, 2018

The BRHC meeting was held in Riga 3.October 2018. One of the three Latvian CBSS Presidency (July 2018 – June 2019) priorities is “Dialogue in heritage”. Contribution to the implementation of this priority was on agenda, as well as follow-up of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Next Baltic Sea …


The Baltic Region Heritage Committee – BRHC (former Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea States) was established in 1998. The Committee is composed by nominated representatives of state authorities in charge of national heritage management in ten countries around the Baltic Sea including Norway. In April 2018 the …