At their meeting today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas and Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary László Kövér spoke about the bilateral relations between their countries and cooperation at the European Union level.
“We have very much in common, not only in history, but also in political and security issues,” Põlluaas said. “Such meetings contribute to the deepening of our bilateral relations even more. Our common duty is to look not only to the past, but also to the future, so that we could represent the interests of our countries in the best way.”
At their meeting, Põlluaas and Kövér discussed issues related to the European Union immigration policy and the need to protect traditional European Christian values, as well as the payment conditions of the European recovery fund and the multiannual budget of the European Union.
Regarding tolerance and freedoms, both Speakers were of one mind that all parties had to have equal rights. “It is not acceptable that different positions are forced on nation states that rely on traditional European Christian values,” Põlluaas emphasised.
The Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary pointed out that although the bilateral relations were close and mutual cooperation was further strengthened by having related languages, much could still be done in developing of economic relations,
Chairman of Estonia-Hungary Parliamentary Group Anti Poolamets also participated in the meeting.
At the Riigikogu, Kövér also had a meeting with Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee Anneli Ott, with whom the Conference on the Future of Europe, the recovery fund, the Multiannual Financial Framework and the importance of the role of the national parliaments in making decisions were discussed.
In the afternoon, President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas and Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary László Kövér laid flowers at the Memorial to the Victims of Communism at Maarjamäe. On Tuesday, Kövér will be on Saaremaa Island.
Photos will be added to the gallery during the visit. (Erik Peinar, Riigikogu)
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