Baltic Ombudsmen in Mektory on 17 of September 2015
On the 16th and 17th of September the Baltic and Nordic Ombudsmen are visiting Estonia on the request of the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia. Ombudsmen from Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Latvia are represented at the meeting.
The aim of the two-day meeting is to find the answers to the questions about how to ensure that all groups in society , including the gifted, another mother tongue or people with disabilities have equal access to quality education. The second purpose of the meeting is to find the border between the right to privacy and the public interest and how to ensure the right to being forgotten on the Internet. On the 2-nd day of the meeting the Ombudsmen are visiting NATO Cyber Defence Competence Centre, Tallinna Lilleküla Gymnasium as well as the Tallinn University of Technology's Innovation and Business Centre Mektory.
The Baltic Ombudsmen Meeting is an annual tradition that began 20 years ago when they first met in Elva, Estonia. Generally they discussed how the newly created ombudsman institutions should develop and thus they started to look more into Nordic countries. The tradition revived in Riga, 2011. This was the first time the Nordic Ombudsmen were invited to the meeting.
The Ombudsmen Meetings are characterized as informal as well as open and the aim is to foster the communication between offices of Ombudsmen. The subjects discussed at the seminars have been very diverse and often reflect the problems that are currently valid either in one of the Baltic States or in Europe.