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Secretary General of the European Parliament Klaus Welle is on a two-day visit in Estonia at the invitation of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia). He will get an overview of Estonia’s preparations for the Presidency of the Council of the EU and deliver a public lecture.

Secretary General of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu Maria Alajõe, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, and Deputy Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Jaak Madison will talk Mr Welle through Estonia’s preparations for the parliamentary dimension of the Presidency.

“The Riigikogu plans to oversee the organisation of seven high level conferences in the framework of the EU Presidency. The Chancellery invited Mr Welle to Estonia to discuss the cooperation with the European Parliament during the Presidency,” said Alajõe.

In Tallinn, Welle will visit Stenbock House, the official seat of the Government of Estonia, and also the e-Estonia Showroom to get information about Estonia’s e-solutions, and NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence to learn about their work. On Friday at 3.30 p.m., Welle will deliver a public lecture entitled “Preparing for the Next 25 Years” at the European Union House.

During his visit, Welle will also meet with Secretary of State Heiki Loot, Director for European Union Affairs at the Government Office of Estonia Klen Jäärats and Special Representative to EU Institutions Matti Maasikas. Priorities of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be discussed at the meetings.

Estonia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2017. Estonia will take over the presidency from Malta and pass it on to Bulgaria.

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