Sessions of the Baltic Assembly

34th Session on 19-20 November 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Baltic parliamentarians convened in Vilnius for the 34th Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 21st of the Baltic Council

The 34th Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 21st of the Baltic Council  was held on 19 – 20 November 2015 in Vilnius.

On the agenda of the 34th Session of the Baltic Assembly the following issues were discussed: 1) cooperation of the Baltic States; 2) development of joint transport and infrastructure projects the Baltic region; 3) cooperation of the Baltic States in cyber security and cyber defence; 4) joint healthcare projects and defence and security cooperation.

Dr. Giedrė Purvaneckienė, President of the Baltic Assembly, opened the 34th Session and invited participants to held a minute of silence to honour the victims of the terror acts in Paris. The Session was continued by welcome speeches by Speakers of the Baltic parliaments – H.E. Ms. Loreta Graužinienė, Speaker of the Seimas, H.E. Ms. Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima and H.E. Mr. Eiki Nestor, President of the Riigikogu.

Within the framework of the Session, the cooperation platform between parliaments and governments of the Baltic States –the 21st Baltic Council – was held. During the Baltic Council, H.E. Mr Linas Linkevičius, Chairman of the Cooperation Council of the Baltic Council of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, H.E. Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and H.E. Ms Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia discussed the co-operation of the Baltic States.

Dr. Giedrė Purvaneckienė, President of the Baltic Assembly, noted: “the Baltic Council of Ministers had been successful in implementing the recommendations of the Baltic Assembly in 85–90% of the cases, but even more could be achieved. There are fields, such as security and defence, where our cooperation is very active. However, in some other sectors cooperation is still hindered by mutual competition. In sectors such as research, education, economy, and the social sector, competition gains an upper hand over cooperation. Only through close coordination and intense networking between the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers will we be able to promote wellbeing and economic growth in our region. Only with joint efforts, we will be able to make our voice heard internationally. ”

The Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers adopted the Joint Statement of the 21st Baltic Council.

Baltic parliamentarians adopted documents of the 34th Session of the Baltic Assembly.

 

Documents adopted during the Session:

Final Document of the 34th Session of the Baltic Assembly (download)
Resolution of the 34th Session of the Baltic Assembly (download)
Joint Statement of the 21st Baltic Council (download)

Programme

 

 

During the Session, the Baltic Assembly also awarded its prizes for Literature, the Arts and Science, the Baltic Innovation Prize as well as Medals for strengthening the unity of the Baltic States. This year, the Prize for Literature was awarded to Mr Māris Bērziņš (Latvia); the Prize for the Arts – Mr Modestas Pitrėnas (Lithuania) to, and the Prize for Science - to Dr Eva-Clarita Pettai and Professor Vello Pettai (Estonia). The Baltic Innovation Prize 2015 was awarded to Elinta, JSC (Lithuania) and Diplomas were awarded to BIKE-ID (Estonia), DPA (Latvia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.E. Mr Linas Linkevičius and Dr. Giedrė Purvaneckienė (Signing of the Joint Statement of the 21st Baltic Council)

 

 

Mr Jānis Vucāns, Dr. Giedrė Purvaneckienė and Mr Aadu Must (After signing of the FINAL DOCUMENT of the 34th Session)

 

 

More information can be found on the web page of the Lithuanian Presidency

Photos of the Seimas Office (author Olga Posaškova)