Press Releases

May 24, 2007- U.S. House Moves Closer to Passing Resolution Supporting Estonia
Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) representing principle national organizations of Americans of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian heritage has released a Position Paper this week calling for the United States Congress to stay on course in supporting Estonia against aggressive behavior by the Russian Federation. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering legislation stating solidarity with Estonian and condemning Moscow's recent malevolent actions. More...

May 5, 2007- Sen. Voinovich and other Senate supporters of Estonia resolution thanked by JBANC

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- On Friday, May 4 members of the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) met with Jeannie Siskovic, Foreign Policy advisor to Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), to thank the Senator for his support in condemning the recent violence and attacks against Estonia. More...

  September 27, 2006- Baltic-Americans Help to Break Ground During Victims of Communism Memorial Ceremony

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Ground was broken in Washington, DC on September 27 to begin construction of the Victims of Communism memorial. Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony, which featured speakers Paula Dobriansky, the Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, one of the sponsors of the authorizing legislation in the U.S. Congress in 1993.

VOC Memorial Foundation chairman Lee Edwards underscored the efforts of a wide array of supporters of the memorial, from individuals to large private foundations to foreign governments, including Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. The support of ethnic communities was also highlighted, led by the Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian communities in the United States. More...


September 26, 2006 - House Baltic Caucus Co-Chairs Join Seven Embassies to Support Visa Waiver Program

photo by Inga Lukaviciute

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Congressmen John Shimkus and Dennis Kucinich, co-chairs of the seventy-member strong House Baltic Caucus, joined diplomats from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, to hold a September 26 press conference on the Visa Waiver issue. The briefing took place outside the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. More...

September 22, 2006- Vike-Freiberga UN Secretary General Candidacy Supported by Baltic-Americans Vote in UN Expected Soon

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) joins other Baltic-Americans in supporting the candidacy of Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. More...

July 20, 2006- Victims of Communism Memorial Fundraising Goal is Reached; Ground-breaking Planned for September 2006

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation announced on July 19 that it has met its fundraising goal of $825,000 and expects to break ground for its Memorial to the more than 100 million victims of communism in September. More..

July 18, 2006- JBANC Meets New U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania John A. Cloud

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- On July 12, at the invitation of the State Department, members of JBANC met with John A. Cloud, who will be sworn in at the State Department on Tuesday, July 18, as the new Ambassador to Lithuania. More...

July 13, 2006 -CEEC Delegation Meets with U.S. National Security Advisors on Eve of the G-8 Summit

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Members of the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) met on July 11 with National Security advisors to President Bush and Vice-President Cheney to discuss their concerns on the eve of the G-8 Summit, being held this weekend, July 15-17, in St. Petersburg, Russia. More...

March 8, 2006- Belarus Democracy Resolution Passes in U.S. House

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- A resolution expressing support for democratic processes in Belarus on the eve of the presidential election there, passed this afternoon in the U.S. House of Representatives by a commanding margin.  The March 8 vote gained 419 “yeas,” with only one dissenting vote. Two members voted “present.” More...

March 3, 2006- Latvian NATO Efforts Chronicled in Newly-Published Book

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- A copy of the just-published book documenting Latvia’s efforts to join NATO was presented to Edgars Rinkevics, the State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Defense, on March 1 at the opening of the new Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC. More...

Feb.18, 2006- Belarus Demonstrations in Washington, DC Attracting Growing Attention

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- About seventy people gathered outside the Belarus Embassy in Washington, DC on February 16 in support of democracy in that country and to insist that the regime of “Europe’s last dictator” Alexander Lukashenko hold free and fair elections in March. More...

February 8, 2006- Rep. Thaddeus McCotter to Speak at Lithuanian Independence Day Commemoration in Chicago

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Michigan 11th) travels to Chicago to address the upcoming Lithuanian Independence Day commemoration sponsored by the Lithuanian-American Council. The event will be held on Sunday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Maria High School (6727 S. California Ave.), in southwest Chicago. More...

January 17, 2006- Supporters Out for Democracy and Human Rights in Belarus
JBANC PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Supporters of democracy in Belarus were out on January 16 in locations across Europe and North America giving freedom in that country a fighting chance. More...

Nov. 4, 2005- Memorial to Victims of Communism Gets Green Light to Build

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- A memorial in Washington, DC to honor the victims of communism was given final clearance by a federal oversight body on Thursday, November 3. The National Capital Planning Commission moved unanimously to approve the design for the Memorial, to be built at a location on the corner of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues, N.W., just off Capitol Hill. More...

July 22, 2005- U.S. House of Representatives Passes H. Con. Res. 128

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The United States Congress has issued another signal to the Russian Federation that it should be truthful about its past Soviet legacy with respect to the Baltic countries. Legislation seeking an acknowledgement and condemnation by the Russian Federation of the Soviet Union’s occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania passed today, July 22, in the House of Representatives.

The legislation passed by unanimous consent, meaning that there was no opposition. House Concurrent Resolution 128 (H. Con. Res. 128) was introduced by Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) on April 29. The measure had also received the strong support of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), and other members of the House Baltic Caucus. More...

June 28, 2005- JBANC Meets with Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

JBANC Meets with Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
on Eve of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Annual Session.
Hastings is President of the OSCE PA. More...


May 21, 2005- Senate Passes Russian Apology Resolution

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The United States Senate has passed a non-binding concurrent resolution on May 19 asking that the Russian Federation issue a clear and unambiguous statement admitting and condemning the illegal occupation and annexation from 1940 to 1991 of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. More...

May 5, 2005- H. Con. Res. 128 Garners Increasing Support on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- House Concurrent Resolution 128 (H. Con. Res. 128), recently introduced by House Baltic Caucus co-chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) is gaining steady support just days before an event in Moscow to mark the end of World War II. The legislation asks that the Russian Federation clearly state admission and condemnation of the Soviet Union’s illegal occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from 1940 to 1991. More...

Apr. 15, 2005- H. Con. Res. 128 Introduced, asking Russian Federation to Accept Responsibility for Soviet Occupation of Baltics

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- House Baltic Caucus co-chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 128 (H. Con. Res. 128, see text below) on April 12, asking that the Russian Federation clearly state admission and condemnation of the Soviet Union’s illegal occupation and annexation from 1940 to 1991 of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) welcomes the introduction of the legislation and agrees strongly with its language that in atoning for the deeds of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation could begin a new era of friendly, unencumbered relations with its Baltic neighbors. More...

Feb. 12, 2005- Rep. Thaddeus McCotter to Participate in JBANC Baltic Conference
---Registration Deadlines Extended---

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI 11) has announced plans to participate in the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) sixth biennial Baltic conference on March 3-5, 2005 in Washington, DC. In a February 9 meeting with Rep. McCotter, a member of the House International Relations European Subcommittee, members of JBANC discussed the conference, the upcoming legislative agenda for the new 109th Congress and plans to reform the Congressional Caucus on Central Europe with Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL 3). McCotter is also a member of the House Baltic Caucus. More...

Dec. 23, 2004- Next JBANC Baltic Conference to be held March 3-5, 2005 in Washington, DC
---Event to be Coordinated with USBF Baltic Gala Celebration---

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) has announced that it will hold its sixth biennial Baltic conference on March 3 - 5, 2005 in Washington, DC. JBANC will be coordinating its conference with the US-Baltic Foundation’s A Baltic Celebration, which will be held the evening of March 5, 2005. More...

Oct. 5, 2004- Belarus Democracy Act Unanimously Passes U.S. House
Helsinki Commission News

(Washington) - The Belarus Democracy Act (H.R. 854), sponsored by United States Helsinki Commission Chairman Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), unanimously passed the House of Representatives late Monday. Among bipartisan supporters of the measure were Commissioners Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA), Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY), and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL). The move comes less than two weeks before voters in the former Soviet republic elect a new parliament and decide whether to extend the rule of President-turned-dictator Alexander Lukashenka. Consideration of the Belarus Democracy Act by the United States Senate is expected prior to adjournment. More...

Sept. 28, 2004 - House Resolution Supporting Building of Victims of Communism Memorial Passes

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- H.RES.752, a resolution "expressing continued support for the construction of the Victims of Communism Memorial" passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28, 2004. Rep. John Shimkus(R-IL-19) introduced the legislation on July 22, 2004. More...

Aug. 03, 2004- National Capital Memorial Commission Unanimously Approves Favored Site for V.O.C. Memorial
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Washington, D.C. – The National Capital Memorial Commission voted unanimously on July 29 to approve a site at the northeast corner of Maryland and Constitution Avenues NE for a memorial to the 100 million victims of communism. Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Chairman Lee Edwards made a compelling case for the Foundation’s preferred location. He argued the site was fitting because it is within sight of the Statue of Freedom perched atop the U.S. Capitol Dome and because of its proximity to the headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. More...

Jun. 19, 2004 ---JBANC Outlines Future Baltic-American Political Activity---
New Priorities Develop Following NATO Enlargement

Washington, DC (JBANC) ---- The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) has released a paper outlining strategic goals for future political activity for the Baltic-American communities in the United States.

The initiatives, recently approved by the JBANC Board of Directors, were deemed necessary following the recent admission of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into NATO and the European Union. The NATO enlargement campaign was the main focus over the past decade for the one million strong Baltic-American constituencies. More...

Apr. 2, 2004- Baltics Join NATO
Celebrations Held at White House and Corcoran Gallery

Washington, DC (JBANC) The flags of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovenia were raised today at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, marking the admission of these countries to NATO. The number of NATO members was thus increased to 26. Their admission became official earlier this week in Washington on March 29, 2004 when the Prime Ministers of the seven new member states presented the protocols of accession to the United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. More...

Feb. 26, 2004- Baltic Countries Set to Join NATO on April 2

Washington, DC (JBANC) ---- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has confirmed April 2, 2004 as the date when seven aspirant candidate countries, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will officially become members of the transatlantic alliance. More...

Dec. 19- Death Knell Sounding for U.S. International Broadcasting to Baltics--- Omnibus Bill Does Not Include Money to Fund Radios

Washington, DC---- Broadcasts of the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and other countries of the region are expected to cease in the coming weeks. With no funding for the services included in appropriations legislation, it appears almost certain that Baltic language services will close by the end of January. It is reported that RFE/RL is already cutting broadcasts by the first of the year. More...

Nov. 26- President Bush Grants Waiver on Military Assistance to Baltics

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- Nearly five months after having U.S. military funding frozen under the American Servicemembers' Protection Act, six countries were cleared by President George W. Bush to have military assistance reinstated. The countries named in the November 21 memorandum are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Slovenia. More...

Oct. 24- Funding for Baltic-Language Radio Services on the Line

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- The Baltic-American community is actively weighing in with appeals to Congress in a final effort to have funding restored to Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) broadcasts to the Baltics and other Central and Eastern European countries. More...

Sep. 9- Central and East European Coalition Meets with Senator Joe Lieberman
Americans of Central and East European Heritage Plan Briefings with all 2004 Presidential Candidates

Washington, DC – The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) met on Monday with presidential hopeful Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) to discuss issues related to United States foreign policy. The CEEC, which represents 20 million Americans, plans to meet with all 2004 presidential candidates.

At yesterday’s meeting with Senator Lieberman, the group discussed NATO and the Euro-Atlantic relationship, U.S.-Russia relations, foreign aid and U.S. public diplomacy, including the status of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcasting to the region. More...

Sep. 9- Senate Appropriations Committee Moves to Restore Funding for International Broadcasting for FY04

Washington, DC - The Senate Appropriations committee on Thursday marked up the FY04 Commerce, Justice, State (CJS) Appropriations bill (S1585), which oversees funding for Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe /Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) broadcasting to Central and East European audiences. The committee approved language in the CJS bill which would restore the funding to FY03 levels for continued VOA and RFE/RL broadcasting to the region in the coming year. More...

Jul. 22- Support Grows for Saving Broadcasts to Baltic Countries
---Key Members of Congress to Back Measure---

Washington, DC (JBANC) --- JBANC has received confirmation from Rep. Henry Hyde’s (R-IL) office that the congressman will support the effort to restore funding needed to keep VOA and RFE/RL Baltic-language broadcasts alive. Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, Rep. Hyde played a key role in passing the House State Department Authorization bill (H.R. 1950) Wednesday. Language in both House and Senate authorization bills includes provisions that prohibit the elimination of VOA and RFE/RL broadcasts to Central and East Europe for another two years, while authorizing a funding level of $8.9 million. More...

May 8- NATO Treaty Ratified Unanimously by U.S. Senate!
Baltics Receive U.S. Endorsement to Join NATO

Washington DC (JBANC) The Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were ratified this morning in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 96-0. With this, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and four other countries from Central and Eastern Europe have received conclusive support from the United States to join the Alliance.

Discussion on the Senate floor for Treaty Document 108-4 lasted less than four hours yesterday. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), committee’s lead Democrat, managed the debate. More...

May 6- NATO Enlargement Debate to Begin Tomorrow Vote Expected in Senate on Thursday, May 8

Washington DC- The NATO Treaty, with enlargement of the Alliance to include seven new members as the focal point, is set to be debated by the full United States Senate beginning at noon on Wednesday. Four hours of formal debate are anticipated. The final Senate vote is expected at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 8.More...

May 1- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Votes 19-0 to Enlarge NATO
Floor Debate Scheduled to Begin May 6

Washington DC (JBANC) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 30 voted unanimously in favor of amending the Protocols of Accession to enlarge NATO by admitting seven new members to the Alliance. Those countries are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria. The committee voted 19-0, thus moving the decision now on to the full Senate.

The Senate will debate the enlargement of NATO beginning May 6, with a vote expected to occur soon thereafter. Foreign Ministers of the seven invited countries have been asked to come to Washington, DC next week in anticipation of a positive Senate vote. More...

Apr. 18- House to Markup Authorization for Foreign Relations Act
Funding for Baltic Language Services on the Line

Washington DC. The House International Relations Committee has scheduled a markup session on April 30, 2003 to debate the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 (State Department Authorization); and the Millennium Challenge Account Act of 2003. The meeting will be held at 10: 15 AM in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building and is open to the public. Chairman Henry J. Hyde will preside over the proceedings. More...

Apr. 3- JBANC Testifies in Congress on Foreign Operations Budget Items Including Funding to Baltics

Washington DC (JBANC) - Karl Altau, Managing Director of the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) appeared on April 2 as a witness before the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the House Appropriations Committee. He spoke on the behalf of the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) for that organization’s support of “active U.S. engagement” in Central and Eastern Europe. The CEEC is an umbrella organization of 18 nationwide ethnic organizations, including JBANC, uniting more than 22 million voting Americans. More...

Mar. 12- California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Meets with JBANC

Washington, DC (JBANC) - Members of the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) met on March 11 with California Republican Dana Rohrabacher to discuss matters of mutual concern, including U.S. foreign policy, the Baltic countries, NATO and the war on terrorism. More...

Karl Altau, Dana Rohrabacher, John Bolsteins, and Paul Berkowitz

Feb. 11- Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus to be Keynote Speaker
at March JBANC Baltic Security Conference

Washington, DC (JBANC) The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) is pleased to invite you to its fifth conference on Baltic Security, “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in NATO: Building Trans-Atlantic Security” at the Washington Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC March 6-8.

His Excellency Valdas Adamkus, the President of Lithuania, together with ministerial level representatives from the Baltic countries, and acclaimed scholars from leading NGO’s, high-level representatives from the U.S. government, Congress and the diplomatic community will join in the three-day event. Discussions will focus on Baltic political, military, economic and regional developments, the outcome of the Prague Summit and the NATO enlargement treaty ratification process in the U.S. Senate. More...


(Prague/JBANC) - The decision to issue invitations to seven countries to join the North Atlantic Organization was announced today at the beginning of a two-day Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Prague. Among the countries invited to join are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Following the opening of the Summit at the heavily-guarded Prague Congress Center, NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson made the long-awaited announcement at 9:55 a.m. local time.

"This is a crucially important decision where consensus among Allies has emerged gradually over the past months. I believe that a consensus has now been reached. Therefore, I would like to ask that the Heads of State and Government agree to invite to the following nations to the Accession talks with NATO: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia" stated Robertson.

President George W. Bush was among many world leaders participating at the Summit. Bush remarked that "by welcoming seven members, we will not only add to our military capabilities, we wil refresh the spirit of this great democratic alliance."

The U.S. delegation also included Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisior Condoleezza Rice.

President Bush plans to travel to Vilnius on Friday to meet the three Baltic presidents and other leaders and to lend support to the candidacies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as they now begin to concentrate on the ratification process. This process is expected to be completed in 2004 by the time of the next NATO Summit.

JBANC Managing Director Karl Altau is attending the NATO Summit in Prague and will also be traveling to Vilnius for a series of celebratory events.

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Representatives of the media in Prague awaiting the official word on invitations (November 21, 2002).

Nov. 14 - Webcast with Dr. Ronald Asmus - Opening the Doors at Prague

Washington, DC (JBANC) - Dr. Ronald Asmus, one of the earliest and most principled policy pointpersons behind NATO enlargement, will be JBANC's guest in its seventh interactive webcast, to be broadcast on Monday, November 18. That same week, NATO allies will be meeting in Prague to issue invitations to up to seven new potential members, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. More...

Oct. 15- Algirdas Rimas Receives Lithuanian Presidential Order

Washington, DC (JBANC) - JBANC Board member Algirdas Rimas was decorated at his home in Reston, Virginia today with the Knight Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, honoring his active contribution to American-Lithuanian organizations in the United States.

The decree to honor Rimas was signed on October 7 by Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania. The award was presented by Lithuanian Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas.

Rimas, who joined the JBANC Board in 1997 as a representative of the Lithuanian American Council, has twice served as the organization’s chairman. He has also served as chairman of the Public Affairs Council of the Lithuanian American Community.

The Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was re-instituted to honor the citizens of Lithuania for outstanding performance in civil and public offices. The Order was instituted in 1928, with the first badges struck after the design of Andrius Lopuchinas.

Oct. 8- Gallegly and Shimkus NATO Resolutions Pass by Wide Margins
358-9 Vote on H.Res.468

JBANC, 08 Oct 02

Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives passed resolutions yesterday evening reaffirming continued American commitment to NATO, and supporting the candidacies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to join the Alliance. More...

Oct. 3- Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) Joins Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus

Washington - Sen. Robert Bennett, Utah Republican, announced on October 1 that he has joined the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus.

Senator Bennett recently visited Riga, Latvia, in July during the Summit of NATO aspirant countries. He was accompanied by Senators Trent Lott (R-MS), Craig Thomas (R-WY), Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Ben Nelson (D-NE). Senator Nelson joined the Caucus in August. More...

Sep. 3- NATO Informational Meeting to Take Place in Atlanta, Georgia on September 13

Washington, DC (JBANC) A meeting on the topic of NATO enlargement is being organized on Friday, September 13 in Atlanta, Georgia, by the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) and local Baltic-Americans.

This event, part of a series of meetings designed to focus discussion on the prospects and plans for enlarging NATO, will take place from 8:00 9:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, located at 1775 Parkway Place, NW, in Marietta, Georgia. Coffee and registration will begin at 7:30 p.m. More...

Jul. 26- NATO Enlargement Prospects Discussed with Senate Staffers

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Jeff Nelson (U.S.-Baltic Foundation), Simonas Girdzijauskas (JBANC), Eric Pierce (office of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson), Vello Ederma (JBANC chairman, and representative of the Estonian American National Council, Inc.), Karl Altau (JBANC) and Kaija Dankers (JBANC).

Washington, DC (JBANC) - Representatives of Baltic-American organizations, including the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC), met this week with Legislative Assistants from the offices of two U.S. Senators who recently participated in the Summit of NATO aspirant countries, held in Riga, Latvia July 5-6.

Meetings were held with Dirk Maurer of the office of Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Eric Pierce of the office of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). Topics discussed were the status of the NATO enlargement process, the investment climate in the Baltics, human rights issues and legislation relevant to U.S. interests in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. More...

May 31- June 5 Webcast on Riga Summit with Ojars Kalnins

(JBANC) --- The Director of the Latvian Institute, Ojars Kalnins, will discuss preparations for the Riga Summit in a live webcast at 12:00 noon (EST) on Wednesday, June 5. The live webcast is the fifth in a series hosted by the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC to help facilitate a dialogue on the NATO enlargement process. Featured guests have included prominent policy makers Bruce Jackson and Ron Asmus and government officials including the ambassadors from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who are working closely on the issue. More...

Feb. 15- Sen. George Allen (R-VA) to Join Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus
---Armed Services Committee Schedules Hearing on NATO’s Future---

Washington, DC (JBANC) Sen. George Allen, junior Republican Senator from Virginia, announced on Thursday that he will join the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus, a working group with an interest in strong U.S.-Baltic relations. More...

Feb. 11- Baltic Ambassadors Featured On First Live Audiocast

Washington, DC (JBANC) - The ambassadors from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be featured in a live webcast from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. The webcast will be featuring live streaming audio, so it will be possible to hear the program in real time. Listen...

Jan 29- Latvian President Freiberga to Headline February 5th Events in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC (JBANC) – Latvian President Vaira Vîíe-Freiberga visits the nation’s capital next week to participate in two events on Capitol Hill which will lend prominence to Latvia’s current aspirations to strengthen both political and military ties to the West. Along with a February 5 luncheon in the Capitol, President Freiberga is also scheduled to make remarks at a reception to open a traveling exhibit of the Latvian Occupation museum. More...

Nov. 30- NATO Enlargement Prospects Raised at White House Meeting

Washington, DC (JBANC) White House officials on Wednesday discussed progress in the NATO enlargement process with representatives of the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), including the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC). Invitations to the Alliance are expected to be issued at the Prague Summit in November 2002 to qualified aspirant countries, which may also include Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. More...
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Sep. 19- Baltic-American Leaders Meet with Administration to Affirm Support for NATO Enlargement;
JBANC Organizes Capitol Hill Reception for President Adamkus of Lithuania

Washington, DC (JBANC) On Monday, September 10, Baltic-Americans met with officials from the Administration to encourage the White House to support NATO membership for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. To accentuate this effort, approximately 25,000 petition signatures were submitted to President George W. Bush. Petitions presented to the White House came from all 50 states. More...

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Sep. 7- Webcast with Lithuanian President Adamkus Scheduled

Washington, DC (JBANC) The President of Lithuania, Mr. Valdas Adamkus, will participate in a live webcast with the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) from 9:30-10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 12. More...

July 6- Campaign for NATO Enlargement Continues in Western States July 8-16

The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) is continuing a campaign to organize support for NATO enlargement to include Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. After holding a series of 18 meetings through the Midwest and East Coast centers in 2000, new meetings are scheduled in six Western cities from July 8-16. The meetings will be held in Denver (July 8), Phoenix (July 9), Los Angeles (July 11), San Francisco (July 13), Portland (July 15) and Seattle (July 16). The joint effort involves national, state and local Baltic committees and organizations. More... roadnato.jpg (81185 bytes)


Washington D.C. (JBANC) – The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) is hosting a first-ever live webcast on the topic of NATO enlargement and prospects for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The webcast will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, June 21, 2001 on JBANC’s homepage: More...

June 13- JBANC Asks President Bush to Support NATO Enlargement

- Petition Campaign Continues -

Washington D.C. (JBANC) The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) has written President George W. Bush asking him to support Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for NATO enlargement as he travels to Europe this week. President Bush met with NATO allies in Brussels today and is expected to make a major speech on U.S. foreign policy in Warsaw on Friday, June 15. More...

Apr. 25- U.S. Baltic Organization Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Hill ceremony
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Helms to Receive Baltic Democracy Award

Washington, DC (JBANC) - The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) celebrates its 40th anniversary with an April 26 reception on Capitol Hill, featuring the President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who is on a week-long working visit to Washington, D.C. More...

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Helms is Receiving  Baltic Democracy Award

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  • March 26 - Conference 2001 Press Release
  • Dec. 6 - JBANC Announces 2001 Baltic Conference
  • Oct. 17- CEEC briefed by Gore's Foreign Policy Adviser
  • Oct. 6- JBANC Continues National Campaign Supporting Entry of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into NATO
  • Sept. 12- JBANC Calls for Opposition to the Senate’s Bingaman Amendment as “Contrary to U.S. National Security Policy”
  • July 27- CEEC Meets with Republican Strategists NATO Enlargement Supported; FMF Funding Appears Secure
  • July 12- JBANC Starts National Campaign for NATO Enlargement

  • Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
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    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.

    I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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