Latvia and Lithuania establish "Balts' Award"

Baltic nations Latvia and Lithuania made a move to emphasize what they have in common on January 11 by setting up a new annual award.

On the sidelines of the Snow Meeting, an annual talking shop on foreign affairs in Trakai, Lithuania, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, signed the "Statutes of the Balts’ Award" established jointly by their two ministries.

"The award is to be presented for the first time this year with the aim of enhancing bilateral relations between Latvia and Lithuania, promoting research on tangible and intangible cultural or historical heritage, as well as motivating the teaching of Latvian and Lithuanian, and translations to and from those languages," said a release from the Latvia side.

Rinkēvičs said the award would go to the best Latvian and Lithuanian linguists, historians, translators and journalists, though the release did not contain any information regarding what the award would actually consist of in terms of money or trophies.


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