The Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime

The Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime



The Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime BSTF was created on May 04, 1996 in Visby (Sweden) due to the decision taken by the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States. It comprises 11 personal representatives of the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden).

Officials from the Interpol, Europol, EU Council and the Secretariat of the Council Baltic Sea States, UNODC, EMCDDA, BSRBCC have the status of observers at the BSTF meetings.

The Russian Federation retains the BSTF chairmanship between January 01, 2015 and December 31, 2016.  

The BSTF is entrusted with rendering assistance to the Member States, their Governments and law enforcement agencies in articulation of a common vision of the law enforcement policy and measures fulfilling both operational and political requirements in the fields of combating and fighting organized crime in the Baltic Sea region.

In this context the Russian Federation agrees fully with the BSTF’s main objective that the Baltic Sea region shall be the safest region in the world, and supports the following guiding principles adopted by the BSTF:

- the BSTF is mandated directly by the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States, being a unique inter-governmental structure for regional cooperation of sovereign countries, with its activities based on high political confidence in handling of a broad array of key law enforcement issues in the region;

- in its activities the BSTF seeks to meet the Member States operational requirements within an effective network allowing for organization and coordination of transnational cooperation of the Baltic Sea States competent authorities in fight against organized crime;

- the BSTF functions in the framework of an effective and open partnership with the Europol and Interpol, as well as operations and initiatives with the participation of the Member States and involvement  of third countries and parties.

Tasks connected with the establishment of equal, mutually beneficial relations of partnership in the law enforcement sphere with all Baltic Sea States require full scale utilization of all available legal mechanisms and adequate resources.

In this respect the development of a reliable regulatory and legal framework for transnational regional cooperation in fight against organized crime and terrorism becomes particularly topical. Besides, it should be elaborated to minutest details and must not be fragmentary.

The Russian Federation’s activity in the BSTF is based on active law enforcement cooperation in near-border regions and full scale operational work involving participation of the main Russian competent authorities: the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Customs Service, the Federal Security Service.

Experts of the Baltic Sea region law enforcement agencies assign an important part in the systematic development of the close border cooperation in this region to the BSTF Regional Strategy and the Work Plan on its implementation.      







Operational and Planning Coordination meeting



26-27 February


Operational and Planning Coordination meeting



27-28 May


Operational and Planning Coordination meeting



23-24 September


BSTF Annual Strategic meeting

Saint Petersburg

16-17 November



Operational and Planning Coordination meeting


Petrozavodsk 25-26 February


BSTF 20th Anniversary event


Saint-Petersburg 3-4 May


Operational and Planning Coordination meeting



5-6 May

Operational and Planning Coordination meeting




15-16 September

BSTF Annual Strategic meeting



Moscow 24-25 November

BSTF Secretariat:

e-mail address:

tel.: +7 495 667 08 75,
        +7 495 667 68 96       

fax: +7 495 667 06 29, +7 499 230 25 80

Рostal address: 16 Zhitnaya Street, 119049 Moscow, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, International Police Cooperation Office

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