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Today, the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met with the President and the Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Karl Lamers and David Hobbs, respectively, in the Toompea Castle. At the meeting, the cooperation between various Estonian and NATO structures including parliamentary bodies and NATO’s cyber defence policy were discussed.

Ergma expressed satisfaction with the New Strategic Concept approved at the NATO Lisbon Summit, which provides a good basis for the development of NATO in the coming decade. The main missions of the Alliance including collective defence, crisis management and security cooperation are balanced and the security assessment draws attention to both traditional and new threats. „I am particularly delighted that NATO clearly brings forward the aspects of cyber and energy security, which are very important from Estonia’s perspective,“ said Ergma.

While discussing NATO’s cyber defence policy Ergma expressed the wish for as many ally countries as possible to be involved in the cyber defence policy debate currently underway. „Within the framework of cyber defence policy, the issue of cyber defence should be approached in a broader way and increase the general security of the allies. In addition to military networks, we should also consider the defence of allies’ civil networks,“ said Ergma.  

The NATO PA Spring Session to be held in Tallinn next spring was equally discussed at the meeting. Lamers thanked Estonia for the organisational preparations and expressed the hope that the Assembly Session will be productive and successful.

Today, Lamers and Hobbs also met with the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. Furthermore, they had meetings with the Chairman of the National Defence Committee Mati Raidma and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson.

Photos of the meeting are available at the following address: http://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/2011/eneergma/NATO/

The Riigikogu Press Service

20 April 2011