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The Baltic Assembly, which will convene tomorrow for its 33rd Session in the Riigikogu, will start analysing the issues of regional defence and security, development of transport and infrastructure, and the use of digital signatures.

“The Europe of today is focused on security. It is very important for the Baltic states to coordinate their positions in issues of security, we must support one another and stand united,” said Laine Randjärv, the Vice-President of the Riigikogu and the President of the Baltic Assembly. “It is also important for the representatives of the three countries to achieve a watertight strategic agreement on the implementation of the Rail Baltic project. Both the issues of energy and transport connections are directly linked to security issues.”

The Session will start tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the award ceremony for students of the three Baltic states who won the essay competition in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way. The Presidents of the three Baltic parliaments will also meet during the Session to discuss the security environment in the region, the construction of Rail Baltic and the parliamentary programme for Latvia’s presidency of the European Union.

The Baltic Council – made up of the President of the Baltic Assembly and a minister from each Baltic state – will also convene tomorrow. Estonia is represented in the Council by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet. The Baltic Council will sign a joint statement and hold a press conference.

The Baltic Assembly is an international organisation that promotes cooperation between the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian parliaments. It was founded on 8 November 1991 in Tallinn. The Baltic Council is a cooperation body uniting the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian governments and parliaments. It was founded on 31 October 1993 in Tallinn.

More detailed information on the schedule and presenters of the 33rd Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 20th Baltic Council is available here.

Attention! Press conferences:

12–12.15. – The Presidents of the Baltic parliaments meet the press in the Riigikogu White Hall. For interviews, please register until 3 p.m. on 23 October at press@riigikogu.ee.

12.15-12.45. – Press conference of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council in the Riigikogu White Hall, where questions will be answered by the Vice-President of the Riigikogu and President of the Baltic Assembly Laine Randjärv, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet, Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Neris Germanas, and Latvian Minister of Culture Dace Melbārde (simultaneous translation provided). Please register until 3 p.m. on 23 October at press@riigikogu.ee.

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