Members of the Expert Group on Children at Risk

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.


CAR Chair

Iceland: Bragi Guðbrandsson, Government Agency for Child Protection


CAR Vice Chair

Sweden: Katarina Munier, National Board of Health and Welfare


CAR Members

Estonia: Signe Riisalo, Ministry of Social Affairs

Finland: Marjo Malja, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Denmark: Iben Attrup Nielsen, National Board of Social Services 

Germany: Almut Hornschild, Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Latvia: Lauris Neikens, Ministry of Welfare

Lithuania: Ruta Pabedinskiené, Ministry of Social Security and Labour

Norway: Eli Ferrari de Carli, Ministry of Children and Equality

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

Russia: Veronika Ataulina, Office of the Children's Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation

Head of Children’s Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat: Turid Heiberg (turid dot heiberg at cbss dot org)