Members of the European Union Affairs Committee (EUAC) of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) are taking part in the Plenary Meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) in Helsinki.
Chair of the EUAC Anneli Ott said that the newly appointed European Commission had set climate-neutral Europe by 2050 one of its clear political goals. “The European Parliament has declared climate emergency, and it is certainly not possible to avoid climate issues. But as Ursula von der Leyen pointed out in her speech, transition towards climate neutrality must be just and inclusive – or it will not happen at all,” Ott said.
Deputy Chair of the EUAC Riina Sikkut emphasised that the new Commission had also adopted strengthening Europe’s global position and innovation in digital technology as its targets. “Europe must own key technologies itself and not import them. If we do not control data and technologies and the ways they are used, then it is not possible to achieve top-level technological innovation ambitions,” Sikkut said.
Today, the COSAC agenda includes Finnish Presidency, promoting rule of law and fundamental rights in the European Union, and discussion on the main objectives of the new European Commission. The last panel will open with a speech by Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič. Prime Minister of Finland Antti Rinne will give an overview of the achievements of the Finnish Presidency.
Tomorrow, COSAC Plenary Assembly will focus on the European climate strategy. The debate is opened by presentations from climate specialists. The delegations of the Member States will then discuss how climate and energy policy could launch a new era in European economy. The EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier will also make a speech.
The Plenary Meeting of the COSAC is taking place in Helsinki until 3 December. Other participants from Estonia are Tarmo Kruusimäe and Oudekki Loone.
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