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The annual summit of the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council held in Copenhagen on 21–22 January plans to adopt the 2014–2015 Baltic Sea Region Cooperation Action Plan.

The Vice-President of the Riigikogu and the President of the Baltic Assembly Laine Randjärv judges it necessary to adopt the Cooperation Action Plan. “The time for political conversations is over and we must concentrate on practical partnership. Responsible, dynamic, green and safe – let these be the key words for the Baltic Sea region,” Randjärv states. “The Baltic Sea region could serve as a model for other European countries, and why not for the whole world,” Randjärv added.

The summit will discuss the progress in implementing the 2010 Wise Men Report of the NB8 (Nordic Baltic Eight) in promoting the cooperation of the Baltic states and the Nordic countries. They will also discuss joint activities in European Union issues, programmes for implementing European Neighbourhood Policy and developing the Baltic Sea Region into a leader in research and innovation. Topics also include a better organisation of roaming policy, fight against human trafficking, ensuring the wellbeing and health of the residents of the region, and improving the condition of the Baltic Sea, which all these countries border.

The Baltic Assembly will continue to carry out training programmes for the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) and to exchange experiences in regional parliamentary cooperation.

“It is our objective to advise and assist the GUAM countries in strengthening their political, economic and social development. Cooperation might lead to a snowball effect – if a definite and strong progress is achieved in one country, this will have a positive effect on the whole region,” Randjärv said.

The Presidium of the Baltic Assembly also intends to discuss the situation of the transport and infrastructure project Rail Baltic.

The Riigikogu Press Service