President of the Baltic Assembly (BA) and Head of the Estonian Delegation to the BA Timo Suslov said that between 2024 and 2026, the cooperation of the BA and the Nordic Council would mainly focus on cyber defence and the Eastern Partnership.
“The Baltic States and the Nordic Countries hold a common opinion that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is a threat to our region and to the whole Europe. Therefore, we first agreed that we will help Ukraine in post-war reconstruction. We also need a comprehensive defence cooperation policy that includes cyber security as well as increasing the resilience of the Baltic and Nordic societies to the fake news and propaganda coming from authoritarian regimes,” Suslov said.
On behalf of the Nordic Council, the document was signed by President of the Nordic Council Jorodd Asphjell.
The list of cooperation priorities also includes supporting transition to democracy in the Eastern Partnership countries, energy security of the region, alignment of the transport and energy infrastructures and ensuring digital interoperability, mitigation of climate change and sustainable, energy efficient circular economy, as well as compatibility of education systems, including mutual recognition of higher education diplomas.
The annual summit of the BA and the Nordic Council started today at 11 a.m. in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia). The summit will have two panels which will focus on cyber defence cooperation and supporting the Eastern Partnership countries in transition to democracy. The sitting is chaired by President of the BA Timo Suslov. Member of the Presidium Enn Eesmaa and Chairman of the Security Committee of the BA Peeter Tali also participate in the sitting. Before the official start of the summit, the delegations of the BA and NC visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.
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