D E C I S I O N                                        
                                                                                
            ON THE NEW WORDING OF THE STATUTES ON THE                           
             BALTIC ASSEMBLY PRIZES FOR LITERATURE,                             
                        ARTS AND SCIENCE                                        
                                                                                
     The Baltic Assembly,                                                       
                                                                                
     proceeding  from   the  proposals    of  the  Joint  Judging               
Committee of the    Baltic Assembly Culture Prizes,                             
     proposes to  approve the  Statutes on  the  Baltic  Assembly               
Prizes for Literature, Arts and Science in the following wording:               
                                                                                
             STATUTES ON THE BALTIC ASSEMBLY PRIZES                             
              FOR LITERATURE, THE ARTS AND SCIENCE                              
                                                                                
                      I. General Provisions                                     
                                                                                
     1. The  Baltic Assembly  Prizes for Literature, the Arts and               
Science (henceforth  - the  Prizes)  were  established  upon  the               
suggestion of the Baltic Assembly session of October 31, 1993, in               
order to  facilitate the  development of literature, the arts and               
science in  the Baltic  States, to  assess the most distinguished               
achievements  in   these  fields   and   to   disseminate   these               
achievements in other states.                                                   
     The Prizes have been established in order to:                              
     - demonstrate  the mutual interests of the countries in this               
region for  the upholding  of their  national identity  and self-               
esteem by supporting  outstanding achievements in literature, the               
arts and science;                                                               
     -  maintain  a  continuous  interest  among  the  people  in               
Estonia, Latvia  and Lithuania  about developments  in the Baltic               
States by  creating the  possibility to  learn about each other's               
achievements;                                                                   
     - strengthen  co-operation among  the Baltic  States in  the               
fields of literature, the arts and science;                                     
     - create an interest among a growing number of people in the               
acquisition of  the intellectual  values  and  languages  of  the               
Baltic nations;                                                                 
     - raise the level of literature, the arts and science in the               
Baltic States.                                                                  
     2. The  Prizes are to be awarded within the framework of the               
mutual co-operation  program of  Estonia, Latvia  and  Lithuania,               
upon the  basis of  the resolution  passed by  the joint  judging               
committee (experts  joint  judging  committee,  henceforth  Joint               
Judging Committee) approved by the Baltic Assembly.                             
     3. The  Baltic States  shall allocate at least 5,000 ECU per               
each prize.                                                                     
     The nominal  value of  the Prizes  shall be  set annually in               
accordance with  the  resources  allocated  in  the  budget.  The               
monetary prize  to be  presented to  the  winners  shall  be  tax               
exempt.                                                                         
                                                                                
              II. Procedure for awarding the Prizes                             
                                                                                
     1. The Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature shall be awarded               
annually at the session of the Baltic Assembly to an author for a               
novel, a play, a collection of poems, short stories or essays, or               
any  similar   written  composition   in  Estonian,   Latvian  or               
Lithuanian. The  work must have been published for the first time               
within the past three years.                                                    
     2. The  Baltic Assembly  Prize for the Arts shall be awarded               
annually at  the session  of the  Baltic Assembly  either  to  an               
author or  to a  performer for a work of art or a series of works               
presented (performed  before an  audience) within  the past three               
years in fine arts, applied arts, in music, architecture, theatre               
or cinema.  It also may be awarded to a director, soloist, actor,               
ballet artist  or a  group of  artists for  outstanding  artistic               
achievement accomplished within the past three years.                           
     3. The  Baltic Assembly  Prize for  Science shall be awarded               
annually at  the session  of the Baltic Assembly to an author for               
outstanding research  work or series in the humanities, social or               
natural sciences,  which is  of international  importance, has  a               
considerable impact  on the  Baltic region and has been published               
within the past three years.                                                    
                                                                                
                III. The joint judging committee                                
     1. The  Joint Judging Committee of the Baltic Assembly Prize               
shall consist  of nine  people. The works nominated for the Prize               
in literature,  the arts  or science  shall be  assessed  by  the               
respective experts.  Each country shall delegate three persons to               
the Joint Judging Committee and determine the procedure for their               
selection.                                                                      
     2. The  members of  the Joint  Judging  Committee  shall  be               
outstanding specialists in the fields of literature, the arts and               
science.                                                                        
     3. The  members of  the Joint  Judging  Committee  shall  be               
changed at least every three years.                                             
     Every  year  at  least  one  member  of  the  Joint  Judging               
Committee from  each state  shall be  released whereas  after the               
attainment of  proper rotation  no member  of the  Joint  Judging               
Committee shall  have the  right to  participate in  its work for               
more than three years running.                                                  
     4. The Joint Judging Committee shall elect a chairperson and               
two vice chairpersons from their midst who shall change each year               
in accordance  with the  procedure for  their rotation (among the               
countries).                                                                     
     5. The Joint Judging Committee meetings shall be convened at               
least once  a year  and shall  be  recorded  in  writing  in  the               
languages of all three countries and translated into English.                   
     Joint Judging  Committee decides  its own  internal  working               
procedures.                                                                     
     The  Joint  Judging  Committee  meetings  shall  take  place               
alternately in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.                                       
     6. The  Joint Judging  Committee meetings  shall  have  full               
powers  if   at  least  two  representatives  from  each  country               
participate.                                                                    
     In addition to the regular meetings for awarding prizes, the               
Joint  Judging  Committee  may  convene  other  meetings  if  the               
necessity arises. The Committee meetings may be convened upon the               
suggestion of  the Baltic  Assembly, the  Joint Judging Committee               
chairperson  or  the  jury  representatives  from    any  of  the               
respective countries.   Every  year members  of the Joint Judging               
Committee  shall   be  entitled  to  discuss  the  rules  of  the               
competition and the procedure for awarding prizes, and to propose               
amendments to the Statutes.                                                     
     The Joint  Judging Committee  shall be  entitled to  make  a               
decision not to award any one of the Prizes. The Prize shall also               
not be  awarded if  the Joint  Judging Committee  is not  able to               
reach an  agreement, that  is, to make a concrete decision with a               
simple majority  vote. The  unused resources shall be transferred               
to the following year's budget.                                                 
     The Joint Judging Committee shall make its decisions and the               
substantiation for them known to the public.                                    
     7. The Prize nominees from each country shall be assessed by               
national Judging Committees. Only the National Judging Committees               
shall be  entitled to  select works  for submission  to the joint               
competition of the Baltic States and the works shall be submitted               
together with all the necessary information (the curriculum vitae               
of the  nominee, reviews  and other related materials like audio-               
and video cassettes, slides etc.).                                              
     8. Works  and their authors shall be nominated for the Prize               
by the Joint Judging Committee. The Joint Judging Committee shall               
assess the  works nominated  by the  respective National  Judging               
Committee of each country.                                                      
                                                                                
         IV. Nominating the work and awarding the Prize                         
     1.  Works   shall  be  submitted  to  the  National  Judging               
Committee in  accordance with  the rules of the competition three               
months and  to the  Joint Judging  Committee one month before the               
awarding of  the prizes.  The National  Judging  Committee  shall               
assess these  works and  nominate no more than the best two works               
from the fields of literature, the arts and science for review to               
the Joint Judging Committee.                                                    
     In order  to assess a musical work, fine arts and theatrical               
productions, it  is recommended to organise concerts, exhibitions               
and performances.                                                               
     2. The  decision on awarding the Prize shall be submitted to               
the Baltic  Assembly Secretariat  no later  than two weeks before               
the session of the Baltic Assembly.                                             
     3. The  same person  (group of  authors) may not receive the               
Prize more than once.                                                           
                                                                                
                     V. Presenting the Prize                                    
     1. The  prize -  a special  medal, diploma,  signed  by  the               
Chairman of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly and the Chairman               
of the  Joint Judging  Committee, and  monetary prize  - shall be               
presented by the Chairman of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly               
or his/her deputy at a Baltic Assembly ceremony, and the names of               
the prize  winners and information on their achievements shall be               
published in the press of all three Baltic States.                              
     2. The  literary work,  the author of which has been awarded               
the Baltic  Assembly prize,  shall be  published within two years               
from the  reception of  the Prize  in the  languages of two other               
Baltic States.                                                                  
     The prize-winning  works in  the arts and science shall also               
be given publicity in other countries.                                          
                                                                                
   VI. The administration and Secretariat of the Joint Judging                  
                            Committee                                           
     1. The  Joint Judging Committee shall be co-ordinated by the               
Baltic Assembly  Secretariat, which  also provides  assistance to               
the National Judging Committee.                                                 
     2. Each  year the Joint Judging Committee shall request from               
the Council  of Ministers  of the  Baltic  States  the  resources               
necessary for  the prize,  for ensuring the necessary work of the               
experts, organising  exhibitions and  concerts and  providing for               
other needs related to the assessment.                                          
     3. The  administration of  the Joint Judging Committee shall               
be conducted and the accounts of the financial resources shall be               
kept in  accordance with the laws of the respective countries and               
the regulations of the Council of Ministers of the Baltic States.               
                                                                                
           VII. Duties of the Joint Judging Committee                           
     1. The  Joint Judging  Committee, in  conjunction  with  the               
Baltic Assembly  Secretariat, shall be responsible for the proper               
utilisation of allocated funds.                                                 
     2. The  Joint Judging  Committee shall  provide  the  Baltic               
Assembly with a report on its activity.                                         
     The Statutes  on the  Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature,               
the Arts and Science shall be adopted, amended and, if necessary,               
suspended by the Baltic Assembly.                                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
Vilnius, 13 April 1996