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Published on May 31, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (May 30) welcomed top-ranking delegates from the Baltic Sea countries to the coastal town of Stralsund, kicking off the summit of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
Among those who attended were the prime ministers of Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Iceland, the first deputy prime minister of Russia and the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.
The guests were welcomed by Merkel at the Vorpommern Theatre where a concert was to be held by the Baltic Youth Philharmonic Orchestra to mark the 20th anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea.
Council members were later expected to sign the Golden Book at the town hall before sitting down to an informal dinner.
It was thought that energy security would be high on the agenda at meetings which were set to continue on Thursday