Veiko Spolitis is a politician and scholar. Presently the member of the 12th Saeima, a member of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee and still teaching at the Riga Graduate School of Law. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1996 and from the University of Geneva in 2003. He is well versed in all Baltic languages, has a family and his hobbies are history and travel.
Conference abstract "The Baltic States bridging from the Union of the Nation States to the Confederate Union - the role of civic society"
Three Baltic States (3B) have been members of the Transatlantic organizations for a bit more than 10 years. It was a wise strategic decision at the end of the 20th century, however the challenges we face in the European neighborhood in he South and in the East tell us that we have enetered the period of turbulence. Ensuring the defence of our sovereignty, and the capacity of our civic societies in order to transform from traditionally ethnic into civic nations are the two of the greatest challenges we in the Baltic States face today. Common migration, external and defence policies are answers to more efficient responses to the joint challenges we face. Therefore, to allow to thrive our civic societies vigorously is as important as strengthening our three languages in public domaine (particularly in Latvia and Estonia), because only open, transparent and well run societies with basic freedoms can successfully build competitive states, and competitive states can be sustainable building blocks in the future confederate union of the European States.