The delegation of the European Union Affairs Committee (EUAC) is taking part in a conference of Parliamentary Committees for the Affairs of the Union (COSAC) in Bratislava, organised by the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On Monday, the keynote addresses will be delivered by the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who will speak on the current situation in the EU, and by the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, who will speak about strengthening the role of national parliaments in the Union. The afternoon session will focus on the challenges and opportunities of the EU and US Free Trade Agreement (TTIP). In the context of the TTIP, we can expect the first feedback from the national parliaments on the impact of the US presidential elections on the EU-US cooperation.
During the Tuesday morning panel, Commissioner for Energy Maroš Šefčovič will focus on the European Energy Union. Another speech will be made by the Chairman of the EUAC Kalle Palling, who will emphasise the need to fully develop the energy connections, and to create a common EU power and gas market.
The COSAC plenary will also discuss the defence of the EU external borders, and issues of illegal immigration. The keynote speaker of the panel on migration will be the Slovak Minister of the Interior Robert Kalinak, and the panel will include the Chairmen of the EU Affairs Committees of Hungary and Italy.
The Estonian delegation includes the Deputy Chairman of the Committee Jaak Madison, and members Johannes Kert, Toomas Jürgenstein, and Oudekki Loone, in addition to Chairman Kalle Palling.
The Estonian Presidency will organise the COSAC plenary conference in Tallinn at the end of November next year.