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At the opening of the Riigikogu autumn session, the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and the President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid made speeches.

In his speech, Nestor discussed the organisation of the work of the Riigikogu and issues relating to state reform. “The state reform will be successful if we try to find an answer to the question of how the power could be more modern and open. When we look for an answer to the question of how to be lower-budget or more efficient, we can succeed in some things, but at the same time also cut our finger. And cut painfully,” Nestor said.

“But during the coming months, the local elections in October will add sparkle and sizzle to our work here in this hall. As will the results of these elections. Wishing you all success, I dare to remind you that if you are elected to a local government council, no allowances will be made to you in your Riigikogu work,” Nestor noted. He added that, unfortunately, there were still some outstanding issues relating to administrative reform, and the positions of the Supreme Court were pending. “Here one has to admit that the Government’s decisions on forced mergers also added fuel to the fire instead of calming the tensions. However, the judgment of the Supreme Court will certainly be fair and just,” Nestor said.

In her speech, Kaljulaid stressed the importance of the work of the Riigikogu and the responsibility of the Riigikogu in making decisions. In her words, we need the smart members of the society to be able to visualise themselves in this hall one day. We need the whole society, including our young generations, to trust politicians and to show it through high election turnout. Transparent and clearly law-abiding behaviour will certainly be of help, the President said.

“Let us show together that our first priority is the future of Estonia, and that we need the positive support of the whole nation to shape it. Let us give the Estonians reason to be proud of themselves and of those who represent them even here in this hall,” Kaljulaid stressed.

She noted that occasionally we suffer setbacks, the exact nature and impact of which it is difficult to predict. “After the 2007 cyber attacks, we showed how that made us a stronger digital state than we had been before. This autumn, you will receive the Cyber Security Bill, which will give you the opportunity to update also the legal framework to deal with cyber threats,” Kaljulaid said.

“Last week we learned that a mistake in calculations which most of us do not understand and which reaches us through more than one international cooperation chains – so typically of the global technological community – would force us once again to take brave steps as a country to support our digital society. Steps that no one else has taken so far,” Kaljulaid said.

Mixed choir “HUIK!”, conducted by conductor Ayaka Ueda, who performed at the opening sitting, created a festive atmosphere.

Thereafter, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas replied to the interpellation concerning Estonia’s population protection and the management thereof (No. 366).

Prime Minister’s reply to two interpellations that had been scheduled for today was postponed for next Monday. They were the interpellation concerning a violation of the declaration of independence of the Republic of Estonia and §§ 1 and 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia (No. 362) and the interpellation concerning Team Estonia and the course of Estonia’s foreign economic policy (No. 363).

During the open microphone, Jüri Adams and Krista Aru took the floor.

The sitting ended at 5.12 p.m.

Photos of the sitting: https://fotoarhiiv.riigikogu.ee/xiii-riigikogu/xiii-riigikogu-taiskogu/riigikogu-sugisistungjargu-avaistung-2-1/

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian): http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/et/201709111500

Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu

(NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)

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