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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor, Vice-President of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa, and representatives of the factions and committees of the Riigikogu met with the College of Commissioners of the European Commission, headed by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who are on a visit in Tallinn in connection with the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will start tomorrow.

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor said that the European Commission believed that the Estonian Presidency would be very good, and now Estonia had to make efforts in order to meet these expectations and give its best.

European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King emphasised the cooperation between Estonia and the European Commission in countering radicalisation both online and in our communities. “Together, we are going to take a number of concrete steps over the next six months to help increase the security of our citizens all across the European Union,” he said.

Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Valdis Dombrovskis said that the economic benefit of the presidency for a country depended on using the opportunities provided by the Presidency both for marketing and in economy. “The Presidency gives much bigger visibility to the country than you otherwise could possibly get,” he explained.

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said that during its Presidency, the greatest changes Estonia would make in the transport sector would be in aviation by fulfilling the security package necessary for its development.

Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip expressed hope that during the Estonian Presidency, it would be possible to abolish the unjustified geoblocking in the EU, which hindered the functioning and development of the digital single market.  

In the area of foreign and security policy, Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen and member of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Margus Tsahkna emphasised, besides several other issues, the importance of cooperation in countering hybrid and cyber threats.

At the meetings with the leaders of the factions and committees of the Riigikogu, the priorities of the Estonian Presidency, defence issues and the development of the e-services of the digital single market were also discussed.

Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Toomas Vitsut, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee Sven Sester, Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee Remo Holsmer and member of the National Defence Committee Margus Tsahkna gave the commissioners an overview of the parliamentary events held during the coming six months. The meeting was also attended by Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party Faction Hanno Pevkur and member of the Social Democratic Party Liisa Oviir.

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also had a short bilateral meeting. Nestor assured Juncker that during its Presidency, Estonia wanted to contribute to strengthening the cooperation and unity of the European Union.