Chairperson of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Laine Randjärv, who opened the presentation, said that perpetuating the cooperation of the Baltic States on postage stamps was important because in this way, the document would be preserved in historical collections and given a life that lasted through ages.
President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor recalled the unity of the positions of the representatives of the Baltic States and their close cooperation in key issues concerning the region. In his opinion, it would not be possible without effective and fruitful communication between the three parliaments.
Vice President of the Riigikogu and Vice President of the Baltic Assembly Helir-Valdor Seeder said in his speech that the stamp was the symbol of our common efforts in promoting the Baltic parliamentary cooperation. “The stamp commemorating the anniversary of the Baltic Assembly, which we present to the former heads of delegation today, expresses our sincere acknowledgment and gratitude for their efforts in strengthening the Baltic cooperation,” Seeder said.
Seeder recalled that this year we celebrated the 25th birthday of the Baltic Assembly. 25 years ago today, on 8 November 1991, enthusiastic members of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed the decision to establish the Baltic Assembly in the White Hall of the Riigikogu.
Seeder noted that the BA was first of all a form of parliamentary cooperation of the Baltic States, but not only that. The activities of the BA have involved the representatives of executive powers and agencies in the cooperation, and have reached the spheres of culture and science, not speaking of the level of human communication.
“The Baltic Assembly is a forward-looking institution. Its members focus on shaping long-term policies in their work. When we analyse the activities of the Assembly, we have to admit that in several foreign policy issues and in interparliamentary cooperation, the Baltic Assembly is the only institution that expresses the common positions of our three countries, strictly respecting and taking into consideration the national interests of each of our countries. Only through joint efforts we can draft the most suitable development strategy for our region and implement it,” Seeder said.
Seeder told that, in spite of all hardships, the Baltic Assembly had been up to the mark in achieving common aims, and at the same time it had also supported the preservation of the national identities of the three countries.
At the presentation, the signing of the postage stamp was held, with participation of representative of Eesti Post Ain Muldmaa and artist-designer Indrek Ilves.
Three Baltic States have also issued a joint postage stamp on 23 August 2014. This stamp was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way.
Next year, Estonia will be presiding the work of the Baltic Assembly.
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