BASTUN Organisation

BASTUN is an independent network of 22 trade union confederations around the Baltic Sea Region.

The network has a rotating presidency, each term of office being for a period of one year.

The presidency rotates according to the presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and runs from the beginning of July to the end of June.

Decision Making and Executive Bodies

The Presidency and the Secretariat form a preparatory and executive body while the BASTUN spring and autumn meetings hold the collective decision making role. High level meetings are held approximately every second year.




The BASTUN presidency is from July 2015 until June 2016 held by Poland. During the Polish Presidency the chairmanship of BASTUN is held by a trio presidency with co-presidents Mr Tadeusz Chwałka from FZZ, Mr Piotr Duda from NSZZ Solidarnosc and Mr Jan Guz from OPZZ.

BASTUN's priorities reflect the political and social situation in the Baltic Sea Region. The network follows political discussion and aims to keep relevant issues for the trade union movement on the agenda of all relevant institutions of the region.

In July 2016 the presidency will be taken over by Iceland. The BASTUN presidency rotates according to the presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS).   

The Polish presidency 2015 - 2016 BASTUN has the following priorities

  • Sustainable Labour Markets and Fair Mobility in the Baltic Sea region
  • Organizing – with special focus on youth  
  • Improving public images for Trade Unions and and changing public attitudes. 
A  midterm evaluation of the Trade Union vision for the Baltic Sea 2020 will also be conducted during the presidency.