The European Periodic Report was submitted to the World Heritage Committee at its 30th meeting in Vilnius in 2006. The Nordic and Baltic sub-regional report identifies a number of objectives for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Periodic Reporting appears to be an important tool to strengthen and maintain the credibility of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. There are several challenges that are common to all the Nordic and Baltic countries. One of the key objectives of the reporting exercise is to facilitate international cooperation in addressing conservation issues and how to manage them.

The Nordic World Heritage Foundation (NWHF) has been requested by the World Heritage Committee to facilitate sub-regional cooperation among the Nordic and Baltic countries. NWHF wishes to offer the States Parties the opportunity for sharing of experiences from the process, discuss the results, and how action can be taken based on the results. Finland has generously offered to host a meeting for this purpose in Helsinki 3-4 May 2007 and to organise an excursion to the World Heritage site of the Fortress of Suomenlinna (Sveaborg).