Members of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) participate in the Plenary Meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
In the opinion of the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Toomas Vitsut, the union has to analyse how to increase the participation of citizens in the elections of the European Parliament next spring. “According to the autumn Eurobarometer survey, the support of Europeans for the European Union is the highest of all times, but according to the same survey, most of the Estonians do not believe that their voice counts in the European Union. Digital solutions and e-involvement could be the way for increasing the trust of the citizens of the whole EU and raising voter turnout,” Vitsut said.
Deputy Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Jaak Madison believes that the citizens of member states want to know what the European Union will be like after Brexit. “The European Commission has to look critically in the mirror and try to understand what were the mistakes that caused Great Britain’s leaving and which it has refused to acknowledge so far, and only then we can continue discussion on the future of the EU,” Madison said.
The agenda of COSAC covers the state of play of the Austrian Presidency, the current state of Brexit negotiations, the climate policy of the EU and the Energy Union, and in the light of the upcoming elections of the European Parliament, also transparent European Union closer to its citizens.
The Plenary Meeting of the Chairpersons of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) is be held in Vienna on 18–20 November. Besides Vitsut and Madison, members of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Monika Haukanõmm, Tarmo Kruusimäe, Kalle Palling and Barbi Pilvre also participate in the COSAC meeting in Vienna.
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