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Ministers of culture sign an agreement on the translation and publications of works by Baltic writers

On July 24, ministers of culture of the Baltic states Tõnis Lukas (Estonia), Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (Latvia) and Nauris Puntulis (Lithuania) signed the agreement on the translation and publications of works by Baltic writers in all three Baltic states.

The Memorandum emphasises the importance of better knowledge and translation of the literature of the Baltic states and greater dissemination of works awarded by the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature. It has been agreed to prepare a financing scheme for the translation and publication of works awarded the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, taking into account the specifics of each country. It is hoped that the Baltic Writers’ Union will help to implement this initiative.

The issue about the translation and publications of works by Baltic writers was discussed during the meeting of the Education, Science and Culture Committee of the Baltic Assembly on 31 January 2020 in Vilnius. Parliamentarians highlighted the importance of the translation and publication of works awarded the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, indicating the need for greater cultural exchanged between the Baltic states.

President of the Baltic Assembly Aadu Must has pointed to the need for increased cultural cooperation of the Baltic states, as the organisation has called on closer cooperation in this area, including in regards to the Baltic Culture Fund.

The aim of the Baltic Assembly Prize is to support outstanding achievements in literature, the arts and science; demonstrate the common interests of the countries in this region in upholding of their national identity and self-esteem; create an opportunity to learn about the achievements of the neighbouring countries; maintain a continuous interest among the people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania about developments in the Baltic States; strengthen cooperation among the Baltic States in the fields of literature, the arts and science; encourage more and more people to become interested in the intellectual values and languages of the Baltic nations; and raise the level of literature, the arts and science in the Baltic States.

The Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature is awarded annually to an author for a novel, a play, a collection of poems, short stories or essays, or any similar written composition in Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian.