Estonian parlt speaker on visit to Finland

  • 2020-03-04
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - President of the Estonian parliament Henn Polluaas will be on a visit to Helsinki on Wednesday, where he will meet with his colleague, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland the Eduskunta Matti Vanhanen, and Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and chairman of the defense committee of the Eduskunta Ilkka Kanerva. 

The president of the Riigikogu is accompanied by representatives of the factions of the Riigikogu and members of the Estonia-Finland parliamentary group Anneli Ott, Aivar Kokk, Helmen Kutt and Urve Tiidus, parliamentary spokespeople told BNS.

"The mutual cooperation between Estonia and Finland is so closely intertwined at different levels and so friendly that it is impossible to underestimate it," Polluaas said.

"It is in a way symbolic that the business registers of Estonia and Finland started the exchange of data via X-Road namely on Friend’s Day [which is how St. Valentine’s Day is called in Estonia and Finland]. It is the first greater result of cooperation with the aim of integrating the digital services of Estonia and Finland.”

Polluaas added that Estonian pharmacies have been dispensing medicines on the basis of Finnish digital prescriptions for more than a year, and now that project should be completed to work both ways. Also to be launched after that are solutions enabling the exchange of social and health insurance data and tax data. 

"Relations between the two countries are active and our cooperation is excellent both at the regional level and in international organisations," Polluaas underlined. He pointed out the ensuring of security and stability in the Baltic Sea.

"However, this does not mean that we do not have room for development. Next we could consider greater cooperation between Estonia and Finland in renewable energy issues," the Estonian parliamentary speaker said before the visit. 

The Riigikogu delegation will also meet with the representatives of the Global School of the Association of Education in Estonian at the Estonian Center in Helsinki, visit Helsinki Central Library Oodi and lay a wreath at the memorial to the fallen Finnish volunteers of the Estonian War of Independence in the Old Church Park.