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At the meeting of the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma with the President of Slovenia Danilo Türk, education issues and cooperation on the international arena were discussed. 

Ergma and Türk admitted that their two countries were similar both in the size of territories and in their objectives. So far the countries have developed effective cooperation both mutually and also in the international community.
 
Ergma noted that it is vital to develop close cooperation between states to overcome the economic crisis in the European Union. Both Ergma and Türk considered it important to develop knowledge-based economy. President of Slovenia spoke about the activities of his state in regulating the sphere of education and developing the school system. Türk expressed interest in the Estonian legislation dealing with education. Ergma spoke about the steps Estonia had taken in this field and stressed the need to ensure access to good quality education.
 
Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa, who also took part in the meeting, emphasised that so far Estonia has had close contacts with Slovenia and other countries of the Western Balkan region. Members of the previous Riigikogu often visited those countries to develop parliamentary cooperation. It was noted at the meeting that all parties had benefitted from this and it should be continued. Türk spoke about the experience of Slovenia’s period of the EU presidency in the first half of 2008. In his opinion it was especially important that a small European country could direct the solving of the key issues of the Union.
 
At the meeting Ergma and Türk stressed the importance of the role of the smaller Member States of the EU in shaping the fate of the Union.
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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