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The day started with the meeting of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly and the speakers of the national parliaments. This was followed by the opening of the 36rd Session of the Baltic Assembly, during which the speakers of the parliaments of the Baltic states made speeches. In his speech, the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor focused on the importance of ensuring security. The speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and the Speaker of the Latvian Saeima Ināra Mūrniece also took the floor after Nestor. The Session is chaired by the President of the Baltic Assembly Aadu Must and Vice-Presidents of the BA Valerijus Simulik and Jānis Vucāns.

The Baltic Assembly Medals for upholding the unity of the Baltic States were awarded to people who have contributed to the strengthening of the cooperation and unity in their homeland and between the Baltic States. From Estonia, the medals are awarded to the director of the documentary film “The Story of the Baltic University”, journalist Helga Merits, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor at the 12th and 15th Baltic Students’ Song and Dance Festivals Gaudeamus Alo Ritsing, and Director of Luua Forestry School and organiser of the professional craftsmanship competitions of Baltic forestry schools Haana Zuba-Reinsalu.

The cooperation assembly of the governments and the parliaments of the Baltic States the Baltic Council will also come together at the Riigikogu. The 23rd Baltic Council will be chaired by the Chairman of the Co-operation Council of the Baltic Council of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mikser and President of the Baltic Assembly Aadu Must. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Latvia Linas Linkevičius and Edgars Rinkēvičs will also deliver speeches.

At 1 p.m., a press conference will be held in the White Hall of the Riigikogu, where it will be possible to pose questions to the heads of the delegations and foreign ministers of the Baltic States. Right before the press conference, the Joint Statement of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers will be signed. Since Estonia is the Presidency country, the joint statement will be signed by the head of the Estonian delegation Aadu Must and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser.

At the end of the BA Session, the Resolution of the BA will be passed and the Final Document will be signed. At the end of the Session, Estonia will hand over the presidency of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers to Lithuania. The new president of the BA will hold a speech.

The BA Session started yesterday evening, when the BA Prizes in Literature, the Arts, Science and Innovation were awarded at Tallinn Secondary Science School. The BA Prize in Science was awarded to Director of the Estonian Genome Center, gene researcher Andres Metspalu. The Innovation Prize was awarded to the manufacturer of timber houses OÜ EstHus. The Prize in Literature was awarded to the Lithuanian poet and translator Vladas Braziūnas, while the Prize in the Arts was awarded to the Latvian art critic and publisher Laima Slava.

Dear members of the press! You are welcome to cover the events and participate in the press conference. Please notify us of your wish to participate in advance at merilin.kruuse@riigikogu.ee.

Photos of the ceremony of awards and the BA session will be added to the Riigikogu Photo Archive on an ongoing basis.

The programme of the event can be found on the website of the assembly (PDF, 438 kB).

Riigikogu Press Service
Merilin Kruuse
Phone: +372 631 6353, +372 510 6179
e-mail merilin.kruuse@riigikogu.ee
Questions: press@riigikogu.ee