Today the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor congratulated the Youth Parliament that has convened at Toompea on the recent decision of the Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia, to lower the voting age at the local government elections and presented three requests to the young people interested in politics.
“It has been a great youth week. The amendment to the Constitution that was approved this week and gives the 16 and 17-year olds the possibility to participate in the local government elections with the right to vote was the idea of active young Estonian people,” Nestor said. “Getting the necessary votes together was also the result of the active work of young people and their communication with the factions of the Riigikogu. Congratulations to everyone who fought for this idea.”
Nestor also presented three requests to the young people. First, to be proud of Estonia and to love their homeland, but at the same time to be Europeans and citizens of the world. Second, to be democrats and to respect also the opinions of other people, and third, to be tolerant towards other people.
The Youth Parliament is a project founded by the Estonian Union fro Child Welfare and the Estonian School Students Councils Union. It is aimed at young people aged 13–26 years. Its main purpose is to involve young people in the decision-making processes of the state and thereby give them the possibility to have a say in the issues concerning them.
Within the framework of the Youth Parliament, 101 delegates from all over Estonia come together at the Riigikogu of Estonia in order to represent the opinion of the young people from all over Estonia. The fist session of the Youth Parliament was held at the Riigikogu last year in December, this session is the second.
Today the materials of the Social Affairs Committee, the Economic Affairs Committee, the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Legal Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the European Union Affairs Committee of the Youth Parliament are dealt with. Also, the most child-friendly public figure is elected.
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