Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia, and Eduskunta, the Parliament of Finland, hold a joint seminar in Helsinki today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The seminar will be opened by President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and Speaker of the Eduskunta Paula Risikko.
Nestor thinks that the friendship between Estonia and Finland has lasted so long and is so intertwined that it is hard to describe it. “We and the Finns are like brothers and sisters, who occasionally may have different opinions, but who are united by joys and sorrows,” Nestor said. “Today I am in Helsinki at the invitation of the Parliament of Finland to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonia and discuss our cooperation in security, economy and culture.”
The joint seminar in Helsinki is also attended by Vice-President of the Riigikogu Kalle Laanet, Chairman of the Estonia-Finland Parliamentary Group Kalle Palling, and members of the Parliamentary Group Urve Tiidus, Barbi Pilvre, Henn Põlluaas, Meelis Mälberg, Heljo Pikhof, Dmitri Dmitrijev and Marko Pomerants.
Palling pointed out that besides having excellent bilateral relations, Estonia and Finland also cooperated closely in the European Union. He said that Estonia would share its experience of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with Finland. Finland has already started preparations for its Presidency, which will begin in the second half of the next year.
At the seminar, Finnish historian, Professor Seppo Zetterberg and Ambassador of Estonia to Finland Harri Tiido will present reports on the common history of Estonia and Finland, and their parliamentary relations.
Former Ambassador of Finland to Estonia Kirsti Narinen, who now heads the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, and Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute Kristi Raik will speak about the close cooperation between the two countries.
Chair of the Eduskunta’s friendship group with Estonia Krista Kiuru and Deputy Chair of the friendship group Mikko Savola will participate in the discussion of the members of parliament on the cooperation of the two countries. An exhibition on the history of Estonia can be seen in the lobby of Eduskunta.
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