Marco Kirm, Vice Rector for Research of the University of Tartu received a medal of the Baltic Assembly
The Presidium of the Baltic Assembly awarded Marco Kirm, the Vice Rector for Research of the University of Tartu with the medal of the Baltic Assembly for outstanding activities in promoting cooperation between the Baltic States. Alumni of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu, Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport, and diplomat Raul Mälk received the medal too.
“The medal is a special badge of honour, which is given to people who have contributed to strengthening the solidarity of the three Baltic States and the cooperation between them. This is a symbolic sign, which reminds us that we should not forget the principles, which were followed when fighting for the independence of our countries, and we should not forget the value and strength of cooperation, friendship and good will,” said Raimonds Vējonis, President of the Baltic Assembly.
According to Marco Kirm, Vice Rector for Research of the University of Tartu and foreign member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, the medal is a great acknowledgement for a common research and development work together with the southern neighbours from Latvia and Lithuania. “Jointly organized conferences, summer and winter schools are aimed at our successors – for better preparation of students, young scientists and engineers and for formation of their professional network,” said Kirm. Kirm finds it important to have the possibility to share best practices and experience in research organization and cooperation with international research institutions and centres.
The medals of the Baltic Assembly were awarded in addition to Estonians also to four Lithuanian and four Latvian people.
The Baltic Assembly was founded on 8 November 1991 as an international organisation in order to develop parliamentary cooperation between the three countries and to discuss common political, economic and cultural issues. The award of the Baltic Assembly has been granted since 2002 to the members of the Baltic Assembly after the end of their authorities as well as to other people for outstanding achievements and special merits.