June 7, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Riga on the developments in Russia and its relations with the Baltic states. Mikhail Kasyanov, former Prime Minister of Russia, and Andris Piebalgs, party leader of the Latvian centre-right party “Vienotība,” participated in the discussions.
June 10-11, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Stockholm together with the think-tank European Stability Initiative (ESI) on political prisoners in Europe, focusing on the situation in the Council of Europe and its member states. (more…)
The restoration of democracy in Estonia, after the Soviet occupation had ended in 1991, was to become the pilot project of the newly established Jarl Hjalmarsson Foundation. In Estonia, the Foundation tried out, for the first time, its concept of development aid based solely on knowledge transfer and networking between parties in different countries.
Cooperation was established with the conservative liberal party Pro Patria Union (PPU). The party’s youth organisation was part of the project from the start and later the women’s organisation would also be involved.
Initially, knowledge transfer in terms of political handiwork and the structuring of party organisations was the most pressing matter. Later, education would focus on such topics as campaign strategy and techniques, the ideas of democracy and market economy, networking, media management and finally governmental work. The Foundation also helped to introduce the PPU on the European scene by mediating contacts with the European Democrat Union (EDU) and the European People’s Party (EPP). EU and NATO membership was high on the agenda. (more…)
Professor Åslund is one of the world’s leading experts on the former Soviet republics and has been working as an economic advisor to the governments in the Baltic states, Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and other countries. Currently working at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, professor Åslund has written numerous books, most recently “How Latvia came through the Financial Crisis,” together with the Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.
“In an economic crisis, you have to cut down on bureaucracy. In Latvia, it was cut down by 30 percent and the wages in the public sector was reduced on average by 26 percent”, according to Åslund (more…)
The Nordic and Baltic countries today signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding posting of diplomats in each other’s missions abroad. The agreement will facilitate the Nordic and Baltic countries to maintain a diplomatic presence around the world through flexible and cost effective solutions.