Our Goal

Transnational Social Dialogue and regional co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region have reached a permanent status under the auspices of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF). Our mission is to work together through social dialogue in order to promote fairness and competitiveness.

The core objectives of our work are:

  • finding joint solutions to commonly identified challenges
  • promoting transnational social dialogue, based on the responsibility of social partners for the development of labour market policies in the Baltic Sea Region
  • influencing policy- and decision-making in the field of labour market policies, e.g. by issuing joint opinions and recommendations
  • networking and exchange of experience between the social partners and political institutions in the Baltic Sea Region

You can read the first Memorandum of Understanding by clicking on the document below:
BSLF Memorandum of Understanding 2012-2013

The Baltic Sea Labour Forum strives at synchronizing its priorities with those of other stakeholders and strategies in the Baltic Sea Region, such as the Northern Dimension, the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and North-West Russia Strategy 2020.

Dr. Thomas Klischan, General Manager of Nordmetall, the employers association of the metal and electronics industry, Germany: The Baltic Sea Labour Forum serves as an excellent framework to develop a structured co-operation platform of employers in the Baltic Sea Region. It is vital for enterprises to safeguard fair competition and to diminish trade barriers in order to secure a competitive economic environment.

Mr Jan Lundin, former Director General of the CBSS Secretariat: Russia has the current German Presidency of the CBSS and this underlines the importance of Russian participation in the Baltic Sea Labour Forum.

Mr Mikko Mäenpää, President of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, Finland: The BSLN project was a success because it brought together various social actors around the Baltic Sea. But we are still facing challenges in the region, for example in relation with the growing cross-border-labour markets. The existing differences in standards of living and labour market models increase the need for a broad cooperation.

Mr Franz Thönnes, MP, German Parliament, former Parliamentary State Secretary, Member of the Standing Committee of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference: The BSLF is continuing the successful cooperation between the social partners and the political bodies in the Baltic Sea Region to strengthen the social dialogue. 20 years after establishing the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and the Council of Baltic Sea States to deal with the political challenges of the region, the BSLF should deal with the challenges of developing a sustainable and fair labour market in our region.