Mr.Nestor to EU speakers: Fight against fake news is a challenge to democracy

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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Mr. Eiki Nestor said at the Conference of the Speakers of EU Parliaments in Bratislava that in the information society, the main challenge to all participants in legislation was to be visible, understandable and relevant. 

At the session of the Conference where bringing parliamentary agenda closer to citizens was discussed, the national parliaments shared their best experience. Mr. Nestor said in his speech that the dialogue of the parliament with the people of its country had to be consistent, honest and clear, because this was the only way to fight against the phenomenon of fake news.

“Fight against fake news is a great challenge to democracy, it requires greater openness of our work,” Mr. Nestor said. “In the fight against fake news, the parliament has an important role.”  

The President of the Riigikogu spoke about Estonia’s experience with e-government, e-voting and digital signature. He said that all sittings of the Riigikogu were public and could be followed over web broadcast.

Watch video of Eiki Nestor’s speech at the EU Speakers Conference: https://youtu.be/HSVQ7UYYtag

On Monday morning, the speakers were discussing the future of the European Union and the role of the national parliaments in increasing the unity of the EU. Keynote speeches were made by President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen.

On Monday, Nestor signed a joint declaration with the next two presidency countries Bulgaria and Austria. On Sunday, Nestor met with the members of the parliamentary dimension troika from Luxemburg and Slovakia, and President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani.

Krishan Chand

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