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Today and tomorrow, the Speakers of the national parliaments of the European Union Member States and the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani are in Tallinn at the invitation of the President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor to discuss the issues of the future of the European Union and European security.

Nestor says in his welcome address to the Conference of Speakers that the member states may have different opinions on the future of the EU, but it is important to have an honest and open discussion on them. According to Nestor, the Union is a part of being a European, and therefore it is important to bring the European Union closer to the people. In his opinion, the national parliaments should stand for the communication of the European Union with the citizens.

The speech of President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani will open the discussion on the future of Europe. Other keynote speakers are Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Marek Kuchciński, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko and President of the French National Assembly François de Rugy.

Tomorrow, the discussion will focus on European security and defence. Keynote speakers are Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Ināra Mūrniece, President of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble and President of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka. The speeches will be followed by a debate.

The Conference is held at Hilton Park Hotel, and it is streamed online on the parleu2017.ee web page, where you can also find its programme. The photo and/or video materials will be made available as soon as possible on parleu2017.ee web page, on the Riigikogu Flickr account, and on YouTube. We will share the thoughts of the participants in the Conference via social media in Facebook and the Riigikogu Twitter account.

Dear members of the press,

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani will give a short press briefing on Monday, 23 April at 6 p.m. in the press area of Hilton Park Hotel.

Epp-Mare Kukemelk
Communications Coordinator
Parliamentary Dimension
Presidency of the Council of the EU

Chancellery of the Riigikogu
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