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The President of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas is attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Vienna today and tomorrow.

The two-day conference focuses on priorities that need prompt international parliamentary action, including international response to the pandemic and post-COVID recovery, climate change, fight against disinformation, involvement of youth in politics, and gender equality.

Today, the President of the Riigikogu is having bilateral meetings with the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Kakha Kuchava, and the Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan Sahiba Gafarova.

On Wednesday, Ratas will speak in a panel discussion on balancing the openness, transparency and accessibility of parliaments with security. Ratas will explain to his colleagues how openness works in the daily work of the Riigikogu, and summarise its efforts during the COVID pandemic, with emphasis on the importance of cyber security and cyber hygiene next to physical security.

The 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament brings to Vienna, Austria, the largest number of high-level representatives in the world: 110 speakers of parliament. This is the first interparliamentary meeting in person since the beginning of the COVID-pandemic. The Conference was preceded on Monday by the Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, and it will be followed on Thursday by a parliamentary meeting on fight against terrorism.

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