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The President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas met with the President of the National Council of Switzerland Isabelle Moret today to discuss friendly bilateral relations, Estonia’s e-governance experience, and cooperation in international organisations.

“Estonia has always viewed Switzerland as a bastion of democracy,” Põlluaas said. “We share the same values and cooperate in international organisations.”

Põlluaas explained the telework options in the Riigikogu and described Estonia’s
e-governance services. He added that Estonia would be delighted to share its experiences in developing digital services with Switzerland.  

Moret said that although Estonia is a young democracy, it is modern, and can teach Switzerland a lot about e-services.  

Both Põlluaas and Moret highlighted excellent bilateral relations and mutual support for each other in international organisations. Moret was happy that Switzerland has the opportunity to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.  

The President of the National Council summarised Switzerland’s relations with the EU Member States. She described Switzerland as very open in its relations with Europe, committed to its relationship with the European Union, and ready and willing to develop this further. The last referendum showed that more than 60 percent of the Swiss support the free movement of people between Switzerland and the European Union.  

The parties also talked about international relations, including migration, the situation in Belarus, and relations with Russia.

Other MPs who took part in the meeting were the Chairman of the Estonia-Switzerland Parliamentary Group Anti Poolamets, and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Valdo Randpere. The schedule also includes meetings with the Estonia-Switzerland Parliamentary Group, and the Deputy Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Riina Sikkut.

Photos. (Erik Peinar, Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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