• European Security And Neighbourhood Policy

    In 2004 Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined the EU and also NATO. This completed the direction to the West of the foreign policy of the three Baltic states observed since their independence and it was not only a concern of the political elite - such a step was also welcomed by the majority of the population of the three Baltic states. The sincere agreement can be explained especially by the high demand for security from Russia. The common past is still as before very much present and the integration of the large Russian population in all three Baltic states still hides a potential of political conflict.

    An important field of activity of the FEF lies in interregional cooperation and neighbour projects. Events such as workshops and round table discussions by experts of current NATO related subjects, as well as the Russian-Baltic relations should encourage a dialogue and a regional and local stability. In this regard, the common economic interests of Russia and the Baltic states are also given attention, as well as the urgent issue of energy supply, the reappraisal of history and the relation to democracy and a lawful state.