At the 30th Session of the Baltic Assembly and the 17th Baltic Council, held in the plenary hall of the Riigikogu, joint documents were adopted.
The President of the BA Laine Randjärv presented the final documents. The BA Resolution contains recommendations of the Assembly regarding the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, economic cooperation and joint infrastructure projects as well as development of sustainable energy market. The document emphasises that the parliaments and governments of the Baltic States should continue to pay particular attention to financial stability, energy security, economic stabilisation and social security by setting specific objectives for medium- and long-term sustainable economic and social development.
The Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Assembly and the perspectives of cooperation contains positions on Baltic cooperation. It presents a vision of short-term and long-term goals of the BA. The statement confirms that the efforts made in the last twenty years are valued highly, and the future perspectives are described. In connection with structural changes, amendments to the Statutes were approved. The following six committees were established: the Economics, Energy and Innovation Committee; the Education, Science and Culture Committee; the Natural Resources and Environment Committee; the Legal Affairs and Security Committee; the Welfare Committee; the Budget and Audit Committee.
The Joint Statement of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers reflects the positions of the three countries. The document appreciatesthe well-established traditions and progress achieved in partnership among the Baltic States. It states that the political dialogue of the Baltic States is regular and active on different levels. In the interests of the Baltic States is to streamline economic cooperation and contacts in order to develop economically integrated region.
The Final Document of the 30th Session of the Baltic Assembly defines the priorities for the next year when Lithuania will hold presidency. They are the following: enhancing the integration and stability of financial markets of the Baltic and Nordic countries, developing innovative and competitive economy of the Baltic States, increasing homeland security, Baltic–Nordic Idea: cultural integration of the region. The priorities for cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers for the next year were also defined: joint measures and projects enhancing economic growth and employment, creation of single digital market and development of the Baltic energy market. The working reports of the BA committees will also be published on the BA website: http://www.baltasam.org
The head of the Lithuanian delegation Paulius Saudargas was elected the President of the Assembly, and the Vice President of the Riigikogu Laine Randjärv and the head of the Latvian delegation Raimonds Vējonis were elected Vice Presidents.
Representatives of several international organisations participated in the work of the BA and presented reports: the President of the Nordic Council Bertel Haarder, the President of the Benelux Parliament Bart Tommelein, the Chairman of the Moldavian delegation to GUAM Parliamentary Assembly Anatolie Dimitriu, and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Serbia representing the South-East Europe Cooperation Process Nikola Novakovic.
It was decided that the 31st Session of the Baltic Assembly will take place on 8–9 November next year in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Riigikogu Press Service