7 October 2016
President of the Riigikogu (President of Estonia) Eiki Nestor assured at the press conference held in Bratislava after the meeting of the speakers of the EU parliaments that Estonia would be ready for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and would not make any allowances for it in spite of the fact that it was brought six months forward.
“We are aware of the problems and challenges of the European Union, and we are ready to contribute to finding solutions to them,” Nestor said. “Although our presidency was brought forward, we will make no allowance for ourselves in organising it.”
Nestor noted that it would be the first presidency for Estonia, and Estonia wanted to act as an honest mediator of the Member States’ interests and be targeted towards achieving unity. He added that during its presidency, Estonia planned to focus on the European single market, including digital single market, as well as the European Energy Union and the neighbourhood policy of the EU.
Nestor said that the Riigikogu would organise seven interparliamentary events within the framework of the parliamentary dimension of presidency.
Nestor gave the press conference together with the Speakers of the current presiding country Slovakia and next presiding country Malta.