The joint video conference of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) and the Defence Committee of the Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) focused on defence cooperation and the issues related to hybrid threats and cybersecurity.
Chairman of the National Defence Committee Enn Eesmaa emphasised that the joint sittings with the Finnish colleagues were a long-time tradition. “The cooperation between the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu and the Defence Committee of the Eduskunta started in 1993, when a two-member delegation from the Defence Committee of the Eduskunta visited the National Defence Committee,” Eesmaa recalled. He noted that it was the longest interparliamentary cooperation of committees in the Riigikogu.
Chairman of the Defence Committee of the Eduskunta Ilkka Kanerva said that Estonia was one of the closest cooperation partners for Finland, and close contacts both in bilateral and in regional formats had lasted for a long time.
At the sitting, both Estonia and Finland shared their experiences in the Northern Group and the Joint Expeditionary Force Co-operation (JEF). The coalition was formed in 2014, and its members are the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. Presentations were made by Director of the Policy Planning Department of the Estonian Ministry of Defence Tuuli Duneton and Deputy Director General of the Department of Defence Policy of the Finnish Ministry of Defence Janne Kuusela.
Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats Teija Tiilikainen and Director of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Colonel Jaak Tarien made reports on hybrid threats, cybersecurity and cyber defence.
The next joint sitting of the two committees will be held in autumn, probably in Finland.
Photos (Erik Peinar, Chancellery of the Riigikogu)
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