The Rail Baltica project, development of the energy market, hydrogen perspective and higher education in the Baltic States were discussed at the 38th Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 25th Baltic Council held in Riga (Latvia) today.
Head of the Estonian Delegation to the BA Aadu Must said that the Baltic Assembly had always had serious discussions on common national defence issues. “This does not mean only military national defence, but also other issues relating to it. Cross-border cooperation in its full extent is very important in medicine and organ transplantation. And in the joint procurement of medicines, and generally in various cross-border joint procurements that have brought real financial benefits,” Must explained.
Estonia is taking over the BA Presidency from Latvia today, and Aadu Must becomes the President of the Baltic Assembly. Must said that Baltic partnership in defence and security, development of energy and transport connections and regional networks in research and education would be the priorities of Estonia’s Presidency. “We strive for promoting of cooperation not only between the Baltic States, but also with our more distant partners,” Must added.
Member of the Estonian delegation to the BA Sven Sester participated as a co-chair in the theme panels dealing with the development of the energy market and the hydrogen perspective. In his opinion, energy security in the Baltic States has been a major issue through the years, and different energy sources are also relevant. “We pay more and more attention to potential additional alternative energy sources and we are jointly tackling with creating a common interest in different renewable energy issues in the Baltic States, like the wind energy, hydro power, and why not also nuclear power in the future,” Sester said.
He added that one of the discussion panels had been dedicated to the issues relating to hydrogen. “We spoke about the issues that are connected with hydrogen and its use for the benefit of society. The common interest of the Baltic States is to go further and deeper with the possible use of hydrogen in transport, and also in other spheres,” Sester explained.
Member of the Estonian Delegation Signe Kivi co-chaired the panel discussing Baltic cooperation in higher education. She believes that the Baltic cooperation in education, culture and research is based on trust, partnership and view to the future. “Nothing can be more forward-looking than cooperation in education and research. Therefore, it is a great pleasure to take over the torch, and add some new aspects to it. Some weeks ago, I made a proposal here in Riga that we should pay more attention to ecological footprint in cultural management. We know that this is a significant issue in the whole world, and people in the culture sector should also contribute. Our Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues found that it is a very important topic, and Estonia will make it one of the priorities of its presidency,” Kivi said.
The Joint Statement of the 25th Baltic Council and the Final Document of the 38th Session of the BA are signed, and the BA Resolution is adopted today at the Session.
The Baltic Assembly is a consultative cooperation organisation of the parliaments of the three Baltic States and discusses issues of mutual interest. A 12-member delegation of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) represents Estonia in the Assembly.
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