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On Thursday and Friday, 24 and 25 November, the 30th Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 17th Baltic Council take place in Tallinn. The leaders of the parliaments of the Baltic States as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three countries attend the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Assembly.

The BA celebrates its 20th anniversary on Thursday evening with the gala concert in the Estonia Concert Hall where also the BA Prizes are presented. The winners of the 5000 euro prizes are the Lithuanian writer Arvydas Juozaitis, Latvian music conductor Andris Nelsons and Estonian historian Andres Kasekamp for his comprehensive work “A History of the Baltic States”. Estonian Television makes a live broadcast of the Prize Awarding Ceremony.
On Thursday at 1 p.m. the international conference “The Baltic Ways: 20 Years on. Closing the Gaps in the Baltic Sea Region” takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
On Friday, 25 November the Anniversary Session of the Baltic Assembly is held at the Riigikogu. The Session, that is chaired by the President of the BA Laine Randjärv, opens at 11.15 a.m. President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma, President of the Saeima of Latvia Solvita Āboltina and President of the Seimas of Lithuania Irena Degutienė will present welcome speeches. After that begins the Baltic Council, where the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Paet, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Audronis Ažubalis take part. The main topics of the afternoon sitting of the BA are joint health care projects, sustainable energy market of the region and joint infrastructure projects. The session ends with the signing of final documents. The programme of the BA Session is available at: http://www.baltasam.org/?CatID=84
Attention journalists! On Friday, 25 November at 1 p.m. the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and the members of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly will give a press conference in the Hall of the Riigikogu.
The Riigikogu Press Service
24 November 2011