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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) is on a visit to Italy to speak about the bilateral relations between Estonia and Italy, defence cooperation and security policy. The visit will last until Wednesday. Besides that, hybrid and cyber threats, the future of the European Union and the issues relating to the external dimension of migration will be discussed with the Italian colleagues.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson said that Italy was a strong partner for Estonia and a NATO ally, who would continue contributing to Baltic air policing in the nearest future.

In Rome, the Estonian delegation will meet with the Head of the Italian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President of the Foreign and European Community Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies Andrea Manciulli and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Paolo Alli.

The Estonian delegation will give their Italian colleagues an overview of Estonia’s e-state services, and explain the legislative aspect of digital services to the parliamentary committee responsible for the digitalisation of public administration and the parliamentary group for technological innovation.

The meeting in the Foreign and European Community Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy will be chaired by President of the Committee Fabrizio Cicchitto. President of the Social Affairs Committee Mario Marazziti will also participate in the meeting. The Estonian delegation will also have a meeting with President of the Defence Committee Francesco Saverio Garofani and members of the Committee. They will also meet Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Amendola and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of Italy Beppe De Cristofaro.

Mihkelson will also deliver a lecture focusing on the challenges for the future of Europe at John Cabot University.

The delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee also includes Deputy Chair of the Committee Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and members of the Committee Barbi Pilvre and Andres Herkel.

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