The European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) decided to hold a debate on the migration policy of Estonia as a matter of significant national importance at the plenary sitting of the Riigikogu on 13 October.
Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling said that the refugee crisis in Europe has acquired such dimensions that the Riigikogu has to discuss it as a matter of significant national importance. “The Riigikogu has to form a position on how to solve the refugee crisis, so that we could have a say at the European level on wider grounds. The debate that is planned for 13 October will have an important role in shaping the migration policy of Estonia,” Palling said.
“The European Union should provide more help to the persons with refugee status both in refugee camps and outside the camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in order to reduce immigration pressure to Europe. Giving financial assistance until the end of the crisis will be much cheaper and more reasonable to the EU than letting the starving and desperate people risk their lives to travel to Europe,” Palling said.
He added that the EU should also consider reducing trade restrictions with these countries in order to help their economies develop and create jobs in the countries that are close to the hotbeds of crisis.
On Tuesday the European Union Affairs Committee got an overview of the current situation in easing the refugee crisis from Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas. At the informal meeting of the heads of state or government held on 23 September, the Prime Minister will proceed from the positions adopted in the EU Affairs Committee on 11 September.
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