At the sitting of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) starting today at 10, Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas will give an overview of the activities of the Government in implementing of the European Union policies. Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Toomas Vitsut will deliver a report, and the representatives of factions will present their positions.
In his report, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will focus on the European Union values, and speak about the developments and the contribution of Estonia in the relevant issues faced by the Union, like the internal market, the environment, defence issues, security, migration and Brexit.
The speech of Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Toomas Vitsut will highlight the key topics the Committee has dealt with during the last year. Among other things, he will raise the issue of whether it would be possible to bring the European Union issues closer to the citizens if the Riigikogu changed its procedure for legislative proceeding of EU matters, which has remained the same since 2004, when Estonia joined the EU.
“If we want to make the work of the Riigikogu with the European Union affairs more visible, Estonia should also consider holding of formal discussions at plenary sittings following the European Councils in cooperation with the Prime Minister. This is done, for example, in Germany and Sweden,” Vitsut said.
The discussion of the activities of the Government in implementing of the European Union policies will be live streamed on the web page of the Riigikogu.
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