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Vice-President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Helir-Valdor Seeder and Deputy Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee Aadu Must participated in the 67th Session of the Nordic Council in Reykjavik, where the main topics were the refugee crisis in Europe and the relations of Finland and Sweden with NATO.

In Seeder’s opinion, no ready solutions for the refugee crisis were offered at the Session. “The present crisis is one of the greatest challenges in Europe after World War II, and the changes that lay ahead are long-term and concern everyone. It could be clearly seen from the sharp questions asked that the Nordic politicians are strongly split over the immigration and refugee issues,” Seeder said.

In Reykjavik, Seeder and Must also took part in the sitting of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly and attended the ceremony of awarding the Nordic Council prizes.

Aadu Must noted that the cultural cooperation of the Nordic Countries is impressive. “Much attention is devoted to preserving and promoting the cultures of small Nordic nations, for example, the establishment of an International Sámi Film Institute was discussed. The aspirations of the Nordic Council towards the creation of a joint Nordic labour market and social welfare system are noteworthy, and success has been achieved in this field,” Must said.

He added that the cooperation in environment protection and veterinary services is also effective.

The Baltic Assembly and the Nordic Council plan to hold a conference on measures for fighting against human trafficking in the region and cross-border cooperation in this field next year in November in Tallinn.

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