Today, the President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor met with the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg Mars di Bartolomeo at Toompea. The two speakers discussed the global refugee crisis and exchanged ideas about the Estonian law on petitions that enables to submit collective addresses.
Eiki Nestor said at the meeting that the global refugee crisis is one of the most pressing issues in the Estonia society. “The attitude towards the refugees is strongly related to the issue of tolerance, and the fears of the past,” he added.
The speaker of Luxembourg parliament was interested in the Response to Memoranda and Requests for Explanations and Submission of Collective Addresses Act, which gives the people and associations of people in Estonia to submit collective addresses to the Riigikogu. Pursuant to the Act, the parliament has to respond to them. Nestor explained how the Act works.
Both speakers also gave an overview of the latest changes and trends in the political situation of their countries.
Members of the Riigikogu Urve Tiidus and Mailis Reps also attended the meeting.
Mars di Bartolomeo also had meetings with the Vice-President of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu today at Toompea. Tomorrow the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg will meet with the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Kalle Palling.
Photos of the meeting of the speakers: https://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/Riigikogu+juhatus/XIII+Riigikogu/Riigikogu+esimees+Eiki+Nestor/Mars+di+Bartolomeo/
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