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At the Tuesday sitting of the Riigikogu, the focus is on the implementation of Estonia’s European Union policy. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas gave an overview of the activities of the government.

The Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee (EUAC) Kalle Palling, who was the co-reporter, stressed the need to show initiative and be active in shaping EU policies. “Instead of following, we have the obligation to lead. Even more so, because the future of the EU Eastern Partnership countries rests on our shoulders. It is our duty to ensure the responsible use of the financial aid granted to Estonia by the taxpayers of the European Union, and it is our task to ensure the energy security of Europe.”

In his speech, Palling concentrated on energy security and Eastern Partnership, and drew attention to the importance of the efficient use of EU funds. “During the starting budget period, we must first focus on smart economic growth, and through it on increasing the welfare and also the quality of life and working conditions of the people,” Palling said.

Palling praised the cooperation between the government and the parliament during this term of the Riigikogu. “Compared to previous years, Estonia is contributing to the European Union negotiations at an earlier stage than before. In the cooperation of the government and the Riigikogu, Estonia’s positions are more frequently taking shape as early as in the consultation stage.”

The Chairman of the EUAC also praised the proactiveness of the Riigikogu in shaping EU policies, which is illustrated very well by the discussions in the Plenary Hall during the financial crisis.

Marko Mihkelson, Barbi Pilvre, Rein Lang and Mihhail Korb spoke on behalf of their factions.

Photos of the sitting 

The verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian) 

The Riigikogu Press Service