Today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas hosts his Nordic and Baltic colleagues at the Arvo Pärt Centre at Laulasmaa. Regional security and hybrid threats will be discussed at the meeting.
Põlluaas believes that the cooperation between the eight countries is deeply rooted and fruitful. “We have chosen different paths in developing our defence policies and mechanisms, but our cooperation in security and defence is more active today than ever before,” Põlluaas said.
The President of the Riigikogu added that we still needed to enhance our cooperation, because the dynamics of global security changed rapidly and the developments taking place everywhere on our planet would sooner or later have an impact on our region.
The agenda of the annual conference of the Nordic and Baltic Speakers also includes fighting against false information and other influencing activities. Eastern Partnership issues and reinstatement of the rights of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will also be spoken about.
The Speakers will also discuss the exiting of the United Kingdom from the European Union and further developments.
The Nordic-Baltic cooperation, or NB8, is a regional cooperation format that has been bringing Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania around the same table since 1992. This year, the presiding country of NB8 is Iceland. In 2020, Estonia will become the presiding country.
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