Press release 14.2.2005


MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT HENRIK LAX:

THE BALTIC SEA EUROPE HAS TO BE BROUGHT UP ON THE AGENDA OF THE EU

- The most important question for Finland at the moment is to ensure that the Baltic Sea Europe is brought up on the agenda of the whole of the European Union, states Henrik Lax, Member of the European Parliament (sfp). The Baltic Sea is at present surrounded by eight Member States representing 1/3 of the Union's economic activity. This has to be reflected in the Union's policy as well.

The Baltic Sea countries have common interest in questions regarding environmental protection, economic development and the fight against crimes and diseases.

However, Lax does not support the latest demands on replacing the Nordic dimension with a Baltic Sea dimension.

- The name of the dimension is rather irrelevant when it comes to the interests of Finland and the Nordic countries, says Lax. It is unfortunate that everyone wants to find a new name for the dimension apparently because of reasons of prestige. This will undoubtedly weaken the position of Finland in the negotiations. The matter is too big to be gambled away.

According to Lax it is natural that the Nordic dimension comprises the whole Baltic Sea region. It is all a question of academic bickering.

- It would be more constructive to concentrate on real issues.

More information will be given by the Member of the European Parliament
Henrik Lax, tel +358 (0)50 553 5663
Assistant Rurik Ahlberg tel +32 473 8872