Today, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson spoke at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin, Ireland, and gave an overview of the Estonian Presidency and Estonia’s outlook on the future of Europe.
In his speech, Mihkelson said that Estonia was interested in creating more cohesion and wanted the European Union to be more efficient in solving the issues we face together. “As Estonia is a really positively engaged European nation, our Presidency is focused on the topics that are important also for the future of Europe,” he said.
“Digital Europe is already now an inseparable part of our daily life, therefore it is natural to work in the name of being able to profit from the technological revolution together,” Mihkelson emphasised. He added that the creation of the digital single market alone would generate 400 billion euro of additional income in the European economy.
In his speech, Mihkelson also spoke about global challenges, highlighting the leading role of the EU in addressing climate change and in free trade and establishing the international rules for it, the importance of a common attitude towards the sanctions against Russia, who is violating the international law, and the efforts to tackle the migration crisis.
In Dublin, Mihkelson also met with Brendan Smith, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Oireachtas Éireann, the Parliament of Ireland, with whom he discussed the political impact of Brexit on Ireland and also the whole EU.