President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor and the speakers of the parliaments of the Baltic States and the Nordic Countries are in Iceland until Thursday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iceland as a free and sovereign state, and to discuss current political issues at the conference following the celebrations.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the sovereignty of Iceland, a celebration attended by the Nordic and Baltic speakers is held today at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the first parliament of the world Alþingi was founded in 930.
Iceland became independent on 1 December 1918, when Denmark recognised Iceland as a fully sovereign and independent state in a personal union with Denmark. The Republic of Iceland was proclaimed in Þingvellir on 17 June 1944, and to commemorate that, 17 June is the National Day in Iceland.
The celebrations will be followed by the traditional meeting of Nordic and Baltic speakers (NB8) tomorrow in Reykjavík, where the joint initiatives of parliaments and regional challenges will be discussed.
At the conference tomorrow, President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor will give an overview of the joint visit of the Nordic and Baltic speakers to China at the beginning of this year. Speaker of the Danish Parliament Folketing Pia Kærsgaard will speak of the joint activities of the parliaments.
Speaker of Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) Paula Risikko will make an introductory report on the climate changes in the Arctic, environmental issues and security. Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania Viktoras Pranckietis will discuss the security of the Baltic Sea and the relations with Russia. The report of Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) Ināra Mūrniece deals with the Eastern Partnership, including the developments in Ukraine and Georgia.
Speaker of the Riksdag (Parliament of Sweden) Urban Ahlin will speak about parliamentary cooperation and give an overview of the report on corruption prepared by an independent investigation committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
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