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Strengthening of cooperation between the parliaments and implementing of digital solutions in the parliamentary work and public administration were the main topics discussed at the meeting of the President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu with the Minister of State of Ireland Seán Sherlock.

The President of the Riigikogu acknowledged the good relations between the two countries and expressed interest in strengthening practical cooperation between the parliaments.

Using of the possibilities of the e-state was also spoken about at the meeting. “The Riigikogu uses various e-solutions in its everyday work. Implementing of all the already existing e-possibilities would fundamentally change the technical aspect of parliamentary work. This is an issue the democracies should discuss already today. Parliament as an elected representative body should function in a modern and open way,” Nestor said. In his opinion, the Member States of the European Union who believe in the Internet should convince also other Member States how convenient and time effective the possibilities offered by the e-state are.

Sherlock said that the practice and experience of the Estonian e-solutions seriously interest Ireland. He was especially impressed by the e-government of Estonia and the e-residency project, which was also discussed at the Enterprise Estonia in the framework f this visit.

The support of the countries of Europe to Ukraine and Georgia was spoken about at the meeting of the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Hannes Hanso and Deputy Chairman of the Committee Enn Eesmaa with the Minister of State of Ireland. Hanso emphasised that Estonia supports the aspirations of these countries on their way to the European values. “Ukraine needs motivation, so that the citizens of the country could see the perspective to be a candidate country of the European Union,” Hanso said.

At the meeting, the Minister of State of Ireland expressed the wish to cooperate with Estonia in promoting trade first of all in the spheres of food industry and agriculture.

Hanso raised the issue of Ireland’s attitude towards the free trade agreement between the USA and the European Union. The European Parliament postponed the debate of the report on the TTIP and voting at the plenary sitting on Wednesday. Sherlock said that Ireland supports concluding the free trade agreement between the USA and the EU because it would help create jobs and increase welfare.

Photos of the meeting: https://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/Komisjonid/XIII+Riigikogu/Valiskomisjon/11062015/


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