Under the Rules of Procedure the OSPAR Commission consists of representatives of each of its 16 Contracting Parties.
The Contracting Parties are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, together with the European Union. Finland is not on the western coasts of Europe, but some of its rivers flow to the Barents Sea and historically it was involved in the efforts to control the dumping of hazardous waste in the Atlantic and the North Sea. Luxembourg and Switzerland are Contracting Parties due to their location within the catchments of the River Rhine.
The Commission elects a Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen by the unanimous vote of the Contracting Parties present at annual Commission meetings. Currently the Chairman of the OSPAR Commission is Ms Carien van Zwol (Netherlands). The Vice-Chairs are Mr Richard Cronin (Ireland) and Dr Laura Piriz (Sweden).
If you wish to obtain information about national activities related to the work of OSPAR, please address your request to the relevant national contact point(s) below:
Mr Michael Kyramarios
SPF Santé Publique, Sécurité de la Chaine alimentaire et Environnement
D G Environnement, "Affaires Internationales"- Milieu Marin
Place Victor Hortaplein, 40 bte 10
+32 2 524 96 27
Ms Carole Semichon
Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Energie et de la Mer
Direction des affaires européennes et internationales
Tour Pascal A, 6 place des Degrés
92055 La Défense Cedex
+33 (0) 1 4081 7665
Ms Sesselja Bjarnadóttir
Ministry for the Environment
+ 354 545 8655
Ms Laura Piriz
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
SE-404 39 Göteborg
Gullbergs Strandgata 15, 411 04, Göteborg, Sweden
+ 46 (0)10 698 62 48