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Today at Toompea the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Hee Tae Park and the delegation accompanying him. 

Ergma expressed her pleasure that the free trade agreement between the EU and the Republic of Korea entered into force on 1 July this year. This agreement creates good possibilities for profitable economic activities to both parties. At the meeting it was admitted that the economic cooperation of the two countries has so far been poor. First it is necessary to exchange information in order to define the possibilities for cooperation that would be of interest to both countries. “Constructive approach is necessary in the relations between our countries,” Ergma stressed.
 
It was noted at the meeting that the relations between the countries at the political level – including the parliamentary level – should also be stimulated. Ergma greatly appreciated this visit, which has so far been the highest-level visit from the Republic of Korea to Estonia.
 
At the meeting, Estonia’s plans to enliven the relations between the two countries were discussed. In the beginning of November, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu would like to visit South-Korea within the framework of the hearings of their Asian strategy. This visit will take place after their visit to Japan. The Foreign Affairs Committee would like to have meetings both at the parliament and the representatives of the executive power and think tanks.
 
Ergma gave the guests an overview of the working of the e-state and the offering of e-services. The possibilities of organising elections through the Internet were also spoken about. These issues were also of interest to the Koreans.
 
The Speaker of the South Korean Parliament presented the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma an official invitation to visit South Korea.
 
The delegation of the Republic of Korea also attended the Youth Song and Dance Festival that took place at the weekend.
 
Chairman Marko Mihkelson and Deputy Chairman Enn Eesmaa of the Foreign Affairs Committee and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee Raivo Järvi and Jevgeni Ossinovski also took part in the meeting.
 
The delegation also had meetings with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.
 
Pictures of the meeting can be found here.
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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