Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 23, 2010

The Governments of the United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania today announced the start of operations of the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Latvian Foreign Minister Aivis Ronis, and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius A┼żubalis were joined by Susan Reichle, Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, in announcing the start of activities for this business and research-focused non-profit foundation.

The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation is an independent entity, endowed by proceeds from a U.S. Government-initiated investment fund, the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund. The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation will strengthen ties between the people of the United States and the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania through programs that provide scholarships for graduate students from the Baltic States to study in the United States, for scholars from that region to undertake research, and for recent graduates to participate in internships in American companies.

The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation is an important sign of the lasting commitment of the United States to the independence, prosperity, and strength of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

For more information on the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, please visit

PRN: 2010/1332