Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Enn Eesmaa sent an appeal on behalf of the Committee to the foreign affairs committees of the national parliaments of the European Union member states, calling on solidarity, support and operational information exchange.
The Chairman of the Committee pointed out that, due to the spread of the coronavirus, many citizens of the EU, including the citizens of the Republic of Estonia, were encountering difficulties when returning home through the territories of member states. “We are asking our colleagues from the foreign affairs committees of the EU national parliaments to remind their governments of the need to ensure the preservation of the fundamental freedoms of the European Union to the highest possible extent, and to enable the transit of citizens of other member states in the spirit of mutual solidarity,” Eesmaa said.
The appeal underlines that, as soon as possible, the European Union should agree upon all-European crisis area measures focusing on the defence of the external borders of the Union, on safe movement of internal transit, persons and goods, including personal protective equipment, and on coordinated activities in combating the crisis. Also, the colleagues in the national parliaments will be informed of the organisation of work of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu during the crisis, and of the sittings of the Committee in which the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Estonian ambassadors in other countries constantly participate via electronic means.
Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson emphasised that in a crisis situation it was necessary to support each other and to learn from experience. “In these complicated times, we should ensure operational exchange of information and ideas between the national parliaments of the European Union. By exchanging experience and informing our colleagues of each other’s organisation of work and life, the member states are not left alone in their search for solutions, and the crisis will be resolved in cooperation,” he said.
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