Maryland Estonia Exchange Council, Inc.


Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Maryland Estonia Exchange Council (MEEC) is to advance
the friendship of Maryland and Estonia by providing opportunities for
partnerships that enhance cultural exchanges and strengthen political,
economic, medical, educational, and security links.

The purpose of MEEC is to establish and coordinate agreements of
international cooperation between the towns, cities, counties and
governments of Estonia and Maryland. These agreements allow specific
initiatives for mutual benefit to businesses, cultural exchanges,
educational programs, civic organizations, security departments and
healthcare institutions.

Brief History

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 MEEC
has been coordinating the non-military links between Estonia and Maryland.
In 2006 & 2009 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.'