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The Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) attends the Spring Session of the Assembly, which will last until Monday.

At the parliamentary debate, it is planned to approve the draft declaration on affirming NATO unity and credibility, which will be presented at the Brussels Summit on 11–12 July.  

Head of the Estonian Delegation Marko Mihkelson said that the discussions in Warsaw would focus on transatlantic relations, ensuring the agreed-upon Enhanced Forward Presence, and harmonisation and increasing of the defence spending of the allies. 

Other members of the Estonian Delegation are Ants Laaneots, Oudekki Loone and Hannes Hanso.

NATO Parliamentary Assembly has five committees that cover the areas which are relevant for NATO member states.

Members of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security will get an overview of fostering democracy and human rights in the Black Sea Region, the activities of the border guard agency Frontex in a rapidly evolving environment, and civil protection in the Mediterranean region. A panel discussion will be devoted to countering Russia’s hybrid threats and NATO’s response to Russia’s hybrid tactics.

Economics and Security Committee will discuss the issues relating to the European Union and its future after the Brexit, energy security in Eastern and Central Europe, the future of the international trading system, and the future of space industry.

The members of the Political Committee will be given an overview of Poland’s foreign and security priorities. They will also hear the reports on North Korea’s challenge to international security and its implications for NATO, and on security in the Western Balkans. During the discussions, they will try to find an answer to the question whether it is possible to work with Russia despite persistent tensions and rivalry.

The Defence and Security Committee will focus on transatlantic cooperation and reinforcing of NATO’s Eastern Flank. The problems of regional security in Afghanistan, the challenges of radicalisation to the Alliance, and the role of special operations forces in in the modern security environment will also be spoken about.

The Science and Technology Committee will discuss how terrorists use encrypted messaging, and also cyber threats in a wider context. Besides that, they will speak of the future of the Iran Nuclear deal and the nuclear question on the Korean Peninsula. There will also be reports on the participation of women in the defence forces of the United Kingdom, Russia’s military developments and challenges, and Russian cyber meddling in elections and referenda in the Alliance.     

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