Baltic prime ministers join groundbreaking economic summit

  • 2011-01-19
  • Oskars Magone

The three Baltic prime ministers head to London to try a help foster ties among northern economies.

LONDON - The prime ministers from the three Baltic states today travel to London to take part in the UK Nordic-Baltic Summit, the first ever such meeting "devoted to challenges facing the modern Northern European Economies."

Andrus Ansip from Estonia, Valdis Dombrovskis from Latvia and Andrius Kubilius from Lithuania will join the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland. The summit will host120 participants, including Prime Ministers, high-level officials, representatives of the civil society and business leaders.

"This meeting will bring together people and ideas from nine countries that face common challenges. We are coming together in London to listen and to learn and to capture ideas, the kind of ideas that can make our societies better places for our citizens to live in," British Prime Minister David Cameron said in an official briefing. 

One of the main stated goals of the summit is to improve business ties in the region, with a focus on low carbon and high-tech industries. Other goals include how best to foster equality, wellbeing and competitiveness in the current economic climate.

The summit is due to last until Friday.