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The two-day meeting of the speakers of the parliaments of the Baltic States and Nordic Countries (NB8) at Pädaste on Muhu Island ended today. It was the tenth meeting of the NB8 Speakers. Lively discussions took place on the subjects concerning the European Union and the issues of neighbourhood policy.

The speakers of the parliaments support further enlargement of the European Union if the candidate countries meet all the criteria and respect the principles of the EU. So far the enlargement has been positive, which is proven by the successful development of the Baltic States.

The cooperation of the NB8 parliaments in the future was also spoken about. According to the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma, such meetings are very important. “The Baltic States and the Nordic Countries share common values and can have good cooperation both in the European Union and outside of it. This is our strength, and acting together makes our voice heard,” she stressed.

Besides Ergma, Eero Heinäluoma (Finland), Per Westerberg (Sweden), Dag Terje Andersen (Norway), Thor Pedersen (Denmark), Asta R. Johannesdottir (Iceland) and Solvita Āboltiņa (Latvia), and the Secretaries General of the parliaments also took part in the meeting. Tomorrow the speakers will be in Tallinn and attend the events of the Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence.

At the end of the meeting, it was decided to hold the next meeting in August 2012 in Finland.

Photos of the meeting are available at: https://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/2011/Riigikogu/NB8/

The Riigikogu Press Service

19. August 2011