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The meeting of Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Kalle Palling and Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson with European Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King focused on cyber security and prevention of terrorism.

At the meeting, it was discussed what can be done in the European Union to increase the security of its citizens.

Mihkelson said that Estonia contributed to the control of the eastern border of the EU, but in his opinion, exchange of information between Member States is equally important. Data protection, increasing of interoperability in the exchange of information between data bases, and protecting them against cyber attacks were touched upon in more detail.

Mihkelson noted that it would be an opportunity and a challenge for Estonia to introduce the possibilities of digital identity to Europe during its presidency.

Palling gave the Commissioner an overview of Estonia’s e-solutions and made a proposal that Estonian experience could be implemented across the whole Europe. “When the digital single market functions and the citizens have digital identity, it is much easier to tackle the migration crisis and also detect cross-border terrorism,” Palling said.

Fight against terrorism, tackling of the migration crisis, and the situation in Iraq and Syria were also discussed at the meeting. Besides that, the problems caused by increasing radicalisation in Europe, and the impact of propaganda in perception of security were spoken about.

Photos of the meeting.

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