Estonian MPs learn about priorities of new European Commission in Brussels

  • 2020-02-04
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Altogether 18 members of the Estonian parliament are in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the European Commissioner for Energy, the Estonian members of the European Parliament and the Estonian officials to discuss the issues relating to the European Green Deal and the Fair Transition Fund as well as the European Union's regional policy.

The new multiannual financial framework of the EU, the spread of false information in Europe and the counter-measures of the EU, and the new migration agreement will also be spoken about, Riigikogu spokespeople said.

Chair of the European Union affairs committee of the Riigikogu, Anneli Ott, said it is important to understand the structural functioning of the European Union, and to what extent each member state can contribute to the decisions that are being made.

"Several members of the Riigikogu are in their office for the first time, and such meetings are necessary for them. Besides that, it will also be possible to meet with the members of the European Parliament elected from Estonia, who can give members of the Riigikogu a broad insight into the priorities of the European Parliament in the coming years and the cooperation between different structures in the EU," Ott added.

The visit was organized by the European Commission's representation in Estonia. Besides Anneli Ott, the delegation also includes member of the EU affairs committee Urve Tiidus, chair of the anti-corruption select committee Katri Raik, deputy chair of the cultural affairs committee Heidy Purga and members of the cultural affairs committee Kristina Smigun-Vahi and Signe Kivi, members of the rural affairs committee Merry Aart and Erkki Keldo, members of the economic affairs committee Juri Jaanson and Kai Rimmel, members of the national defense committee Jaak Juske and Peeter Rahnel, members of the social affairs committee Marika Tuus-Laul, Signe Riisalo and Urmas Espenberg, member of the foreign affairs committee Raivo Tamm, and deputy chairman of the legal affairs committee Toomas Kivimagi and member of the legal affairs committee Heljo Pikhof.