Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas will give an overview of the activities of the Government in implementing of the European Union policies at the sitting of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia), which starts today at 10 a.m. Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Toomas Vitsut will also deliver a report, and the representatives of factions will present their positions.
In his report, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will focus on the work of the Government in presiding the Council of the European Union. “Although there are still several weeks to go until the end of the Presidency, and in the case of several important topics, these weeks are of decisive importance, it can be said already now that we will pass on the responsibility of the Presidency with calm hearts, and in the knowledge that we have done our best,” Ratas said.
The Prime Minister thinks that after those six months, Estonia is a different country. “We are wiser, more experienced and more confident than before. We have learned, and made efforts, and we have done it,” Ratas said.
In his speech, Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Toomas Vitsut will speak of the topics the national parliaments focused on during the past six months under the guidance of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu. These topics are the future of the European Union, competitiveness, and security.
Vitsut said that for the Riigikogu, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union meant the duty and the privilege of chairing five parliamentary sittings and one working group, and setting their agendas. Over the next six months, Tallinn will also host the Meeting of the Secretaries General. The parliamentary dimension of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will conclude with the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments on 23–24 April 2018.
The discussion of the activities of the Government of the Republic in implementing of the European Union policies will be live streamed on the web page of the Riigikogu. Latest information can be found on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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