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Baltic Assembly

Member states of the Baltic Assembly (green).
Member states of the Baltic Assembly (green).
Headquarter Riga, Latvia
Working languages
Type Intergovernmental organization
Membership
Leaders
 -  President Laine Randjärv[1]
Establishment
 -  Baltic Assembly 1991 
32nd session of the Baltic Assembly meeting in Riga
30th session of the Baltic Assembly meeting in Tallinn in 2011

The Baltic Assembly (BA) is a cooperation between the parliaments of the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It attempts to find a common position in relation to many international issues, including economic, political and cultural issues. The decisions of the assembly are advisory.

The budget of the BA is funded by the three member governments. The official languages of the Baltic Assembly are Riga, Latvia.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Formation 1.1
    • Achievements 1.2
  • Sessions 2
  • Composition 3
  • Committees 4
  • Political groupings 5
  • Prize in literature 6
  • See also 7
  • External links 8
  • Notes 9

History

Formation

The organization was formed after a decision to establish it was made in

  1. ^ http://baltasam.org/en/structure/presidium/president
  2. ^ http://baltasam.org/en/history/pre-history
  3. ^ http://baltasam.org/en/history/international-inclusion
  4. ^ http://baltasam.org/en/history
  5. ^ http://baltasam.org/en/structure/session
  6. ^ http://baltasam.org/en/structure/national-delegations

Notes

  • Assembly web site
  • Flag of the Baltic Assembly at Flags of the World
  • Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

External links

See also

Year Author Country or Region
2014 Peeter Sauter  Estonia
2013 Donaldas Kajokas  Lithuania
2012 Aivars Kļavis  Latvia
2011 Arvydas Juozaitis  Lithuania
2010 Ene Mihkelson  Estonia
2009 Inga Ābele  Latvia
2008 Knuts Skujenieks  Latvia
2007 Marcelijus Martinaitis  Lithuania
2006 Nora Ikstena  Latvia
2005 Hasso Krull  Estonia
2004 Pēters Brūveris  Latvia
2003 Vytautas Bubnys  Lithuania
2002 Jaan Tätte  Estonia
2001 Justinas Marcinkevičius  Lithuania
2000 Jānis Rokpelnis  Latvia
1999 Jaan Kross  Estonia
1998 Sigitas Geda  Lithuania
1997 Jaan Kaplinski  Estonia
1996 Judita Vaičiūnaitė  Lithuania
1995 Uldis Bērziņš  Latvia
1994 Tõnu Õnnepalu  Estonia

List of literature winners:

Prize in literature

As of 2006 the three political groupings are the Conservative-Right Party Group, the Centre Party Group and the Social Democratic Party Group.

The 20 members of the BA from each country are chosen so that their political make-up reflects the proportions within their home parliament. The members may then form cross-national party groupings of at least five members from at least two nations.[6]

Political groupings

Each member of the BA participates in at least one committee.

  • Budget and Audit
  • Communications and IT
  • Economic and Social Affairs
  • Education, Science and Culture
  • Environment Protection and Energy
  • Legal
  • Security and Foreign Affairs

The following are the standing committees:

Committees

The BA comprises sixty members. Each of the parliaments of the three States appoints twenty of its members to the Assembly. Each of the national parliaments appoints two of the members to be head and deputy head of the national delegation. The six head delegates and deputy head delegates form the BA’s Presidium. The Chairman of the Presidium is the head of the national delegation of the country hosting the next session of the BA. The heads of the other two national delegations are Vice Chairmen of the Presidium. The Presidium controls the BA between sessions. The Chairman acts as the coordinator of the work of the BA, is its representative with other bodies and liaises with the three members’ governments.

Composition

Any national delegation may propose that an extraordinary session is held. On 8-9 February 1998 in Helsinki, Finland, following to the 2nd Joint Meeting of the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly, the first Extraordinary Session of the Baltic Assembly took place. The second Extraordinary Session of the Baltic Assembly was held on 27-29 April 2005 in Parnu, Estonia, following to the 5th Joint Meeting of the Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council. [5]

There are ordinary and extraordinary Sessions. The ordinary Session is convened once a year, as a concluding forum of a country's presidency, which proceeds according to a yearly rotation principle in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Before 2003 there were two Sessions a year – in spring and autumn, and countries - participants had half a year presidency.

Sessions

  • Withdrawal of Russian troops from the member States,
  • Formation of the Baltic Council of Ministers as an institution of governmental co-operation,
  • Development of common Baltic economic, educational and information technology policies,
  • Harmonization of legislation in conformity with requirements of the European Union,
  • Improvement of border-crossing procedures,
  • The establishment of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, Arts and Science.

The BA claims the following as its achievements between 1991 and 2003:[4]

A clickable Euler diagram showing the relationships between various multinational European organisations and agreements.

Achievements

[3]

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