At its today’s sitting, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) discussed Estonia’s future activities relating the Arctic, and decided to make a proposal to the Government on drafting an Arctic strategy for Estonia.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson underlined that contributing to the discussion on the Arctic was vital for Estonia. “Regardless of whether we are an observer state in the Arctic Council or not, the Arctic region will always have significance for us and will inevitably affect us. If we wish to contribute to the discussions on the Arctic region and go on with standing as candidate for observer status in the Arctic Council, it is essential to define common and clear targets and activities relating to the Arctic,” he said.
In Mihkelson’s opinion, Estonia’s strategy for the Arctic should involve consolidation and increasing of scientific and polar research competence, Estonia’s targets in participation in regional cooperation and economic cooperation in the Arctic, and expertise for evaluating the geopolitical and security policy developments in the Arctic that affect Estonia. He emphasised that the strategy should be cross-sectoral and relate to the spheres of activities of different ministries. The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee also pointed out that besides drawing up of the strategy, financial means for implementing it were also necessary.
At today’s sitting, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eva-Maria Liimets gave the Foreign Affairs Committee an overview of Estonia’s activities relating to the Arctic.
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