TALLINN - Chairman of the European Union affairs committee of the Estonian parliament, Anneli Ott, is to participate in a meeting of the chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) held in Zagreb, Croatia.
The meeting will focus on the priorities of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union and on bringing Europe closer to citizens, Riigikogu spokespeople said.
"Now that the new European Commission has been in office for some months, it is time to discuss with the representatives of all member states how the national parliaments can contribute to bringing the European Union issues closer to citizens," Ott said.
The chairpersons of the European Union affairs committees of the national parliaments will hold two panel discussions on Monday. The first discussion will focus on the priorities of the Croatian presidency. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will deliver the opening speech of the panel. Croatia has promised to deal with the strengthening of the digitalization agenda and the competitiveness of European industry and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during its presidency period.
The second panel will be opened by European Commission Vice President Dubravka Suica, who is in charge of democracy and demography. Mairead McGuinness, first vice president of the European Parliament in charge of relations with the national parliaments, will be the keynote speaker at the session.