On this very day, the Baltic Assembly celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Following the Putsch in Moscow in August 1991 and the recognition of the independence of the Baltic states on an international level, the issue of developing a Baltic cooperation model was included in the Baltic cooperation agenda. By adopting the experience and traditions of regional cooperation from the Nordic and Benelux countries, the Baltic Assembly was created on 8 November 1991 in Tallinn. Ever since the Baltic Assembly was created, its overarching goal has been to coordinate cooperation between the national parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Last week during the 40th Session, the Baltic Assembly celebrated its 30th Anniversary. On the occasion of this crucial milestone, the Baltic Assembly introduced a new tradition. Since 2021, at the end of the annual Session, the current President of the Baltic Assembly transfers the Presidency Statuette together with the Mosaic consisting of the most significant dates for the Baltic states to the newly elected President. The motto of the Statuette is “From heart to hearts” which shows the importance not only of the cooperation but also friendships of the Baltic parliamentarians. Author of the Statuette is Vytautas Karčiauskas.
At the end of the 40th Session, the current President of the Baltic Assembly Andrius Kupčinskas transferred the Presidency Statuette to the newly elected President Jānis Vucāns.
Read more about the history of the cooperation of the Baltic states here and more about the Baltic Assembly in general here.
Photos of the Presidency Statuette
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