Estonia has previously been the chairman of the Council of the Baltic Sea States during the periods 1993-1994 and 2003-2004.
The Estonian Presidency from July 1 2014 until June 30 2015 focused mainly on the practical cooperation ongoing in the expert groups of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
During the Finnish Presidency, development of the organisation’s new long-term priorities was completed. Since Estonia was the first chairman under whose leadership the organisation has started working towards the new priorities.
The keywords of the Estonian presidency were pragmatism, efficiency and cooperation.
The three priorities of the Estonian Presidency were:
- regional identity;
- regional sustainability;
- civil security.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a number of meetings of the Committee of Senior Officials. The Committee of Senior Officials organises the work of the council during periods between meetings of the foreign ministers and is the central body where information concerning regional cooperation in various fields converges.
Starting in July of 2015, Poland assumed the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.