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.
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.'
The Maryland Estonia Exchange Council, Inc., which is a charitable tax exempt corporation under the Internal Revenue Code, section 501 (c)(3), gratefully accepts gifts and donations from anyone who wishes to support its mission. Tax deductible donations, made payable to the Maryland Estonia Exchange Council, Inc, should be sent to its treasurer: Karl Altau, 400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.