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Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Maryland Estonia Exchange Council (MEEC) is to advance

the friendship of Maryland and Estonia by providing opportunities that enhance

cultural exchanges and strengthen economic, educational, medical, and

political/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 that implement and enhance

the above mentioned links.

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.'

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.

Donations can also be made through the following link.

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