The meeting of the members of the Presidiums of the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council with the Nordic and Baltic members of the European Parliament focused on the practical guidelines and support programmes of the European Union Neighbourhood Policy.
Deputy Head of the Estonian delegation Aadu Must, who participated in a similar event last year, said when comparing the meetings that several changes which have taken place in the meantime have an impact on individual countries and also the cooperation between countries. “It seems that Europe and the Europeans are at a crossroads where they have to stop and think in which direction they should go on,” Must said. “Europe has never before seen a migration crisis of such extent which it is not able to and does not know how to manage.”
Production and broadcasting of high-quality Russian-language media programmes in the Baltic States was discussed as a separate issue at the meeting. Promoting the mutual communication of various cooperation organisations working in the Baltic Sea region and cooperation with the European Parliament were also spoken about.
At its meeting, the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly discussed the implementation of the recommendations of the resolutions adopted at the sessions of 2014 and 2015. Also, the cooperation priorities with the partners from the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly, Benelux Parliament and in Visegrad countries were specified.
Latvia as the presiding country of the Baltic Assembly introduced its presidency programme and the events connected with celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Assembly. Among other things, it is planned to issue a common post stamp of the Baltic States in honour of the anniversary.
The Standing Committee of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference also held its sitting in Brussels. The cooperation at government level was discussed; expert reports on the urgent issues of the region and the implementation of the Baltic Sea strategy of the European Union were heard.
The head of the relevant delegation of the European Parliament spoke about the parliamentary elections in Belarus, and the migration crisis was also touched upon. The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, which will take place in Riga in late summer, was also discussed.
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