At their meeting today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas and Speaker of the Riksdag (Parliament of Sweden) Andreas Norlén emphasised the excellent relations between the two countries and discussed the security of the Baltic Sea region.
Põlluaas believes that the relations between Estonia and Sweden are excellent and close. “We cooperate bilaterally every day, and stand for common aims in international organisations,” Põlluaas said. “Estonia and Sweden have similar principles in regard to the issues relating to Russia and the increase of the influence of China.”
According to the President of the Riigikogu, Estonia is interested in having even closer relations in the areas of digital cooperation, security and cyber defence, and would like international cooperation to continue regionally, between the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States, and in the UN and the European Union. He thanked Sweden for its contribution to Estonia’s UN Security Council membership campaign.
The meeting with the Speaker of the Riksdag and the delegation accompanying him was also attended by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa, and Yoko Alender and Valdo Randpere, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Estonia-Sweden Parliamentary Group.
At the meeting, the security situation in the Baltic Sea region, the threat Russia poses to the region and the impact of information operations were discussed. The importance of the Arctic region and the increasing global influence of China were spoken about as well. The discussions also touched upon the creation of 5G network and the tunnel planned between Tallinn and Helsinki.
The meeting was followed by the discussion panel “Digital technology: managing possibilities and risks to our democracy” (video recording). Besides the Speaker of the Riksdag, member of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu and the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Oudekki Loone and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu and the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Keit Pentus-Rosimannus participated in the discussion panel. The panel was moderated by Liisa Past, Chief National Cyber Risk Officer at the Government Office of Estonia.
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