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Today, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) starts its working visit to Greece. The security situation in Europe and development of cooperation between Estonia and Greece will be discussed at the meetings held during the visit.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson said that as partners in the European Union and allies in NATO, Estonia and Greece shared the same values and had the same concerns in regard to the security situation in Europe and dealing with migration pressure on the borders.

Mihkelson said that the Foreign Affairs Committee wanted to get an overview of the developments in the relations between Estonia and Greece and of the situation on the border – while the migration pressure on the land border of Greece has been stable since spring, a strong increase has taken place on the sea. According to him, there will also be discussions on the necessary steps to lead Russia, which is waging a war of aggression against Ukraine, to a strategic defeat and to help Ukraine win the war. The cooperation between Estonia and Greece, including the opportunities for closer economic, defence and digital cooperation, will be spoken about as well.

During the two-day visit, the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu will meet with Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament Dora Bakoyannis, 1st Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament Ioannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Migration and Asylum Dimitris Kairidis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandra Papadopoulou and Director-General of the National Intelligence Service Themistoklis Demiris.

The delegation will also have meetings with Head of Frontex Liaison Office for Greece and Cyprus at Frontex Grigorios Apostolou, Director General of the think tank Eliamep Maria Gavouneli and representatives of the Hellenic Coast Guard.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee is accompanied on the visit by Deputy Chairman of the Committee Henn Põlluaas and members of the Committee Anti Poolamets and Luisa Rõivas. It is the first official visit of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the composition of the Riigikogu that took office in April.

Riigikogu Press Service
Karin Kangro
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