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This Friday, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session will begin in Tallinn, in Swissôtel. During four days, members of the parliaments of the NATO member states and guests will discuss the activities of the Alliance after the Chicago summit, the security problems in Middle East and North Africa, relations with international organisations, and cyber security and smart defence.

On the afternoon of 25 May, the sitting of the NATO‒Russia Parliamentary Committee will be held. The standing committees of the Parliamentary Assembly will hold their sittings at Swissôtel on 26 and 27 May. The Minister of Defence of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Paet and the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Riho Terras will brief the Assembly’s committees. The President of the Republic Toomas-Hendrik Ilves, the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma, the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Karl Lamers and the NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow will deliver speeches at the plenary session on 28 May.

Attention journalists! On the opening day, 25 May, at 11 a.m., Karl Lamers, the Head of the Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Marko Mihkelson and the Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly David Hobbs will give a press conference on the upcoming session. More detailed information on the Spring Session is available at the NATO PA website of the Riigikogu.

On the occasion of the NATO PA Spring Session, the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association will organise public screenings of documentaries in Cinema Artis on 25 and 26 May. The screenings will be preceded by a discussion where experts of the field will speak of security issues with those interested. The screenings will be free and more information is available on the website of Cinema Artis            www.kino.ee.

The Riigikogu Press Service