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The President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor said at the meeting of the speakers of the parliaments of the EU Member States that in solving the Mediterranean refugee crisis, Europe and the Mediterranean countries have to act promptly and plan their actions.

“Migration pressure on the Mediterranean and increasing trafficking in human beings require rapid and concrete actions from Europe and the Mediterranean countries,” Nestor said. “In order to solve the situation, the Member States of the EU have to act in a coordinated way, the principles and rules have to be agreed upon.”

Nestor emphasised that close and practical cooperation of the EU with all of the Mediterranean countries is also of critical importance here.

“Estonia supports the proposal of the EU Commission to start concrete and planned actions to stabilise the situation,” the President of the Riigikogu remarked. “There may not be quick results, but if each Member state contributes according to its abilities, we would step by step get closer to a lasting solution.”

In Nestor’s opinion it is important to increase the role of the European Union border guard agency Frontex and improve the efficiency of its work. The President of the Riigikogu also thinks that it is necessary to act decisively against the criminal networks of human traffickers.

The II Summit of Speakers of Parliaments of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean in Lisbon is dedicated to the migration pressure in the Mediterranean region. The Summit brings together the speakers of the parliaments of the European Union Member States and the Mediterranean countries of Africa and Asia.

Riigikogu Press Service
Urmas Seaver
Phone: +372 631 6352; +372 50 39 907
urmas.seaver@riigikogu.ee
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