At a video conference today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jüri Ratas and Speaker of the Danish Parliament the Folketing Henrik Dam Kristensen discussed digitalisation, Estonia’s experience with i-elections, and the importance of regional cooperation.
Ratas emphasised that having a personal contact with the closest colleagues in the Nordic-Baltic circle was very important. He added that he was looking forward to the meeting of Nordic and Baltic (NB8) Speakers in Copenhagen late this November. “It will present an opportunity for us to discuss regional issues openly and in depth,” Ratas said.
Ratas recalled that Denmark had a very special role in the history of Estonia, just as Estonia had a special role in the origin of the Danish flag. “We are like-minded partners in many issues and we share similar values,” Ratas said, and added that the cooperation between Estonia and Denmark was not restricted to the regional level, and the two countries also stood for common values together as members of the European Union and NATO.
Ratas thanked Denmark for its contribution to ensuring the security of our region and for participation in air policing. “Denmark’s contribution is essential,” he said. “We are very glad that we will be able to welcome and host Danish soldiers in our Defence Forces base in Tapa.”
When speaking of deepening the economic cooperation between the two countries, Ratas underlined the green transition. In his opinion, cooperation in renewable energy is necessary for meeting climate objectives. “For Estonia, regional energy cooperation projects are also a part of security policy,” Ratas said. “Cooperation with our Baltic and Nordic partners on synchronisation or single gas market will continue to improve our security of supply and lessen our energy dependence.” He added that Estonia saw a lot of potential in the Baltic Sea offshore wind farms for addressing climate change and energy security challenges.
Ratas gave his Danish counterpart an overview of the Estonian e-governance services and the electronic elections system, which the people of Estonia are using ever more widely, and expressed hope that the number of electronic voters would increase at the local elections held in October. “Estonia is always ready to share its experience with other countries,” Ratas said.
The possibilities to find more ways to support the Eastern Partnership countries, for example, with vaccines, were also spoken about at the meeting.
Photos of the meeting (Erik Peinar, Riigikogu)
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