Yesterday the JBANC team headed to Annapolis, MD as Maryland Governor Hogan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Estonian Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov to reaffirm Maryland and Estonia’s robust partnership. Besides military-to-military cooperation, the relationship has also including a growing number of people-to-people ties, including a handful of Sister City relationships.
The special relationship between Estonia and Maryland started in the early 1990s as part of the NATO Partnership for Peace Program at the end of the Cold War. The Maryland National Guard has been linked to the Estonian Home Guard (Kaitseliit) as part of a State Partnership Program. Since 2003 the Maryland Estonia Exchange Council (MEEC) has been coordinating the non-military links between Estonia and Maryland.
In 2006 and 2009, and now in 2019, official agreements were signed formalizing civilian links. In 2009 the officers of MEEC became members of the Maryland Secretary of State's Sister State Advisory Board.
JBANC has worked closely with MEEC and the Maryland Secretary of State’s office to support the Maryland and Estonia partnership.
More photos on Flickr by Maryland GovPics.
Photo credit to Joe Andrucyk and Patrick Siebert at Governors Reception Room,100- State Circle, Annapolis MD 21401.