This morning, the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) participate in the video conference Meeting of the Chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC). The main topic of the meeting is the plan for restarting the EU and the Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU for 2021–2027.
Chairperson of the European Union Affairs Committee Anneli Ott said that the meeting should have taken place in May in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, but it had been cancelled due to the pandemic. “However, it was decided to hold the meeting a little later than originally planned, and for the first time in the video conference format. One can only agree to this decision, because six months have already passed from the last meeting of the European colleagues. In that time, many things have changed and completely new topics have emerged,” she said.
Ott stated that the main topic of the meeting would be the recovery plan for the European Union and the long-term budget of the European Union for 2021–2027. “Discussions on this topic are currently relevant also in our Committee, and the European Union Affairs Committee will formulate Estonia’s position on this issue already at its tomorrow’s sitting. We will certainly be able to consider also the points that will be dealt with at the meeting this morning,” Ott said.
Deputy Chairperson of the European Union Affairs Committee Riina Sikkut added that the second topic of the meeting was the Conference of the Future of Europe, which aimed to bring the citizens closer to Europe and make them see added value in the European Union. “We try to find approached that would help maintain the link between the citizens and the EU also in other times than the elections. It is important to adopt a relevant joint declaration in the nearest future, so that it would be possible to start with the conference in the autumn,” Sikkut said.
COSAC is a cooperation format that brings together the Committees for Union Affairs of the national parliaments of the 27 Member States of the European Union.
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