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Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen said at the Conference of the Speakers of EU Parliaments in Bratislava that the Estonian Presidency of the Council of European Union, which starts on 1 July, was going to be very topical because the Commission planned to publish six different reflection papers on various dimensions of future of Europe.

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“We need political guidance as to which direction the EU should be developed in terms of deepening defence cooperation,” Katainen said. “We need a strong political ownership for giving guidance on how the new EU with 27 Member States should look like. And there the presidency’s role is very important.”

Katainen also mentioned the future of the Economic and Monetary Union, social dimension and EU in the global arena as important topics during the Estonian presidency.

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor said that the six months of presidency would not start from an empty place, and their end would not be like “now it’s over and done”, but the presidency countries would cooperate between themselves and continue what others had started.

Estonia will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Malta, and pass it on to Bulgaria. After that, the Presidency will be held by Austria. The speakers of the parliaments of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria signed the declaration of cooperation earlier this week in Bratislava.

During the Estonian presidency, the Riigikogu will organise seven conferences which will be attended by the parliaments of the EU Member States. Already in July, the chairpersons of the European Union Affairs Committees of national parliaments will meet in Tallinn.

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