Lithuania and Latvia signed a cooperation agreement

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2018 10 03

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Lithuania's Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga has signed a cooperation agreement with Latvia's Minister of Health Anda Čakša today in Bauske (Latvia) that the Lithuanian or Latvian emergency medical service (EMS) ambulances will arrive in the border region of a neighbouring country in case of emergency.

"This is the first such agreement in the history of Lithuania signed with the neighbouring state on the EMS provision, and now we will be able to save lives on both sides of the border. Such cooperation helps to establish closer links between the states and take quick care of the residents of both countries," – admitted the Minister A. Veryga.

Sometimes the EMS ambulances from the neighbouring country may come to the patient and assist faster, therefore it is important to create opportunities for service provision in the neighbouring border region like to the own people. 

"8 years ago the three prime ministers of the Baltic States agreed on the necessity to promote cooperation on emergency medical assistance in the border area. The process was not as quick as originally planned, but I am pleased that today, signing a cooperation agreement between Latvia and Lithuania, we are opening a new page in the cooperation between the two countries for a single goal - to improve the availability of emergency medical assistance to the border residents of both countries", –  points out the Minister for Health Anda Čakša.

This Agreement will enter into force after the completion of internal procedures, i.e. after having ratified it in the Seimas. Then the Lithuanian and Latvian EMS stations will be able to contact each other and take fast decisions on assistance to the border region residents in emergency.

 

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