President of the Riigikogu is on a visit to Finland

Press release from Riigikogu

Today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas is on a visit to Finland, where he will meet with his colleague, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland the Eduskunta Matti Vanhanen, and Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and Chairman of the Defence Committee of the Eduskunta Ilkka Kanerva.

The President of the Riigikogu is accompanied by representatives of the factions of the Riigikogu and members of the Estonia-Finland Parliamentary Group Anneli Ott, Aivar Kokk, Helmen Kütt and Urve Tiidus.

“The mutual cooperation between Estonia and Finland is so closely intertwined at different levels and so friendly that it is impossible to underestimate it,” Põlluaas said. “It is in a way symbolic that the business registers of Estonia and Finland started the exchange of data via X-Road namely on Friend’s Day (which is how St. Valentine’s Day is called in our countries). It is the first greater result of cooperation with the aim of integrating the digital services of Estonia and Finland.”

Põlluaas added that the Estonian pharmacies had been dispensing medicines on the basis of Finnish digital prescriptions for more than a year, and now that project should be completed, so that it would work both ways. After that, the exchange of social and health insurance data and tax data wait to be launched.

“The relations between the two countries are active and our cooperation is excellent both at the regional level and in international organisations,” Põlluaas underlined. He pointed out the ensuring of security and stability in the Baltic Sea. “However, this does not mean that we do not have room for development. Next we could consider greater cooperation between Estonia and Finland in renewable energy issues,” Põlluaas said before the visit.

The Riigikogu delegation will also meet with the representatives of the Global School of the Association of Education in Estonian at the Estonian Centre in Helsinki, visit Helsinki Central Library Oodi and lay a wreath at the memorial to the fallen Finnish volunteers of the Estonian War of Independence in the Old Church Park.

Riigikogu Press Service
Epp-Mare Kukemelk
+372 631 6356, +372 515 3903

Date of publication: 4 Mar 2020

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