Baltic parliaments discuss joint crisis response

Members of the three Baltic parliaments meet in Tallinn, Estonia May 11 to discuss mutual cooperation in crisis situations such as cyber-attack and environmental disasters, the press service of Estonia's parliament said in a release.

A joint meeting of the Security and Defense Committee and the Health, Welfare and Family Committee of the Baltic Assembly (BA) that focuses on cross-border cooperation in disasters, crisis management and civil protection is being held today at the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia).

Vice Chair of the BA Security and Defence Committee Urve Tiidus said that the meeting would discuss the annual assessment of the threats to Baltic security, and cooperation in the case of disasters.

“Floods, animal diseases, environmental pollution – these are just some of the disasters we have to know how to avoid, and naturally we have to be ready manage such situations, if necessary,” Tiidus said, adding that in such situations, it was important for the Baltic States to cooperate mutually and with other countries.

Vice Chair of the BA Health, Welfare and Family Committee Helmen Kütt said that the meeting would also discuss civil protection in connection with crisis situations.

“Emergencies are resolved more smoothly if the population is prepared for crisis, like a cyber attack or a natural disaster,” Kütt said. “At today’s meeting, we will also speak about the ability of the Baltic law enforcement authorities to cooperate operatively and the preparedness of health care institutions to work in emergencies.”

Helping to chair most of the sessions on behalf of Latvia will be Jānis Ādamsons of the opposition Saskana party in his role as the Vice Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee of the Baltic Assembly. You can see the full agenda of the meeting HERE.

The Baltic Assembly is an international organisation that promotes cooperation between the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian parliaments. It was founded on 8 November 1991 in Tallinn.

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