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The 142nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which takes place this week in virtual format, will discuss the role of parliaments in overcoming the pandemic. The President of the Estonian Delegation to the IPU Aivar Kokk emphasised that the cooperation of the parliaments of different countries was now more important than ever before.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis caused by it have further increased the role of parliaments and the need for closer cooperation between the parliaments of different countries. When we learn from the experience of other countries, we will find the best solutions for overcoming the crisis more effectively in several vital spheres of life,” Kokk said before the video meetings of the IPU.

At the beginning of the week, the IPU Governing Council will hear the reports of the President and Secretary General, approve the financial results of the previous year and the summary records of the previous session, and elect representatives to IPU bodies. On Wednesday, the Assembly will hold a debate on the theme of “Overcoming the pandemic today and building a better tomorrow: the role of parliaments”. On Thursday, the IPU Standing Committees will present reports of their work to the Assembly. The Assembly will also adopt the outcome document and the resolutions of Standing Committees. Due to the pandemic, the meetings will be held via a video bridge for the first time.

The 142nd IPU Assembly and the 207th Session of the Governing Council will take place from Monday to Friday. Estonia will be represented by President of the Estonian Delegation Aivar Kokk and Vice-Presidents Helle-Moonika Helme, Toomas Kivimägi and Marika Tuus-Laul.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the oldest and largest organisation of parliaments in the world. It was established in 1889, and it has 179 member states from the entire world. Estonia was a member of the Union between 1921–1940, and restored its membership after regaining independence in 1991.

For more information, please contact: Aivar Kokk, +372 503 0954

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