Baltic Assembly 25th anniversary session in Riga includes JBANC participation
JBANC was represented by Alexander Blums (pictured above) at 35th Session of the Baltic Assembly and 22nd Baltic Council meeting held in Riga on October 27-28. In a statement read to participants at the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), Blums congratulated the Baltic Assembly on behalf of JBANC on its 25-year anniversary since its founding in 1991. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have seen tremendous progress during that time, and the excellent relations and cooperation between the three Baltic countries help set a positive example both here and abroad.
The Baltic Assembly promotes intergovernmental cooperation between the Baltic republics and works on finding common positions in relation to many international issues, including in the economic, political, and cultural sphere. At this Session, primary items discussed centered on security and defense issues, migration and EU external border security, strategic communication, energy security, transport and infrastructure, cooperation in education and research, and other issues. Together with Baltic governmental representatives, joint actions were brought up included the closer cooperation of border guard services, the demographic situation in the Baltic countries, and development of Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica transportation project.
Seeing the Baltic countries and their governments and parliaments working closely together in the same spirit, for the safety, well-being, and betterment of Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians help motivate our communities. Baltic cooperation has long fueled the work of JBANC. That is why it is important that we continue engaging with the Baltic communities in the U.S., and with friends of the Baltics, to inform them and encourage them to also remain active in raising attention to Baltic issues.