The Expert Group on Children at Risk consists of senior officials from the line Ministries dealing with children’s issues or designated agencies in the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). The European Commission, as a member to the CBSS, may also appoint a member to the group.

The Expert Group members are appointed to carry out regional cooperation beneficial for children in all member states of the CBSS.


Denmark: Maria Pârja, National Board of Social Services 

Vice Chair

Lithuania: Daina Urbonaitienė, Ministry of Social Security and Labour

CAR Members

Estonia: Eve Liblik, Social Insurance Board

Finland: Marjo Malja, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Germany: Almut Hornschild & Anna Maria Lemcke, Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Iceland: Heiða Björg Pálmadóttir, Government Agency for Child Protection

Latvia:Lauris Neikens, Ministry of Welfare

Norway: Unni Nygaard, Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs

Poland: Katarzyna Napiórkowska, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy

Russia: Natalia Tregoubovitch, Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation

Sweden: Karin Blomgren, National Board of Health and Welfare

Head of Children at Risk Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat: Turid Heiberg (