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On Thursday, the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will start discussing the EU action plan for migration in order to shape Estonia’s positions.

The purpose of the agenda presented by the European Commission is to stabilise the situation in the Mediterranean and to ensure even distribution of persons in need of protection between the Member States of the EU.

“The European Union Affairs Committee will shape Estonia’s position on the new European migration policy when the European Commission has presented the proposal for a relevant EU legislative act and the Government has approved its positions in regard to the draft. We will start with the discussion early in order to be ready to deal with the necessary legal acts,” Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling said.

Palling added that as the Estonian legislation does not provide for the resettlement of refugees, it was necessary to discuss how to shape the relevant procedure in Estonia. The need for adapting Estonia’s legislation will also depend on the measures offered by the European Commission.

Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur and Minister of Social Protection Margus Tsahkna, and members of the Legal Affairs Committee, Constitutional Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu have also been invited to the sitting.

Reports will be made by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Estonia Hannes Rumm and Head of the Policy Department of the European Commission Representation Paavo Palk.

On 13 May the European Commission presented a communication with the European agenda on migration. By the end of May the Commission will table a proposal for EU legislation with the new European policy on migration.

Dear journalists! It will be possible to make interviews after the sitting, at about 11.15 a.m., in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu.

Riigikogu Press Service
Kati Varblane
Phone: +372 631 6353, +372 516 9152