Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments

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Speakers of the EU Parliaments
Speakers of the EU Parliaments

The Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments will bring together the Speakers of the national parliaments of the European Union Member States and the President of the European Parliament. The Speakers’ Conferences have been held since 1963.

The aim of the Conference is to promote parliamentary cooperation and research activities. The Conference is a forum for the exchange of opinions, information and experiences on topics related to the role of parliaments.

The Conference meets on an annual basis upon the invitation of the Speaker of the parliament from the member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of a calendar year.

The Conference will be held in Tallinn in April 2018, and the Foreign Relations Department of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu and the President of the Riigikogu are responsible for organising it.

Agenda

10:00–13:00

Arrival of the delegations and conference registration at the hotels

14:00

Registration (for those not yet registered) at the conference venue

Welcome coffee and refreshments

Venue: Hilton Tallinn Park, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn

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Meeting of Speakers of Parliaments of the Presidential Troika

14:15–15:00

Meeting of Speakers of Parliaments of the Presidential Troika (Slovakia, Estonia, Austria, European Parliament)

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14:15

Departure from the hotels to the conference venue

Venue: Hilton Tallinn Park, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn

15:00–15:30

Opening session

  • Welcome address by Mr Eiki NESTOR, President of the Riigikogu (speech)
  • Adoption of the agenda for the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments

Keynote speaker:

  • Mr Antonio TAJANI, President of the European Parliament (speech)

15:30–16:30

Session I: The future of the European Union

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr Marek KUCHCIŃSKI, Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland
  • Mr Andrej DANKO, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
  • Mr François DE RUGY, President of the French National Assembly
  • Debate

16:30–17:00

Family photo and coffee break

17:00–18:00

Session I: The future of the European Union (continues)

18:00

Return to the hotels

19:30

Departure from the hotels to the dinner venue

20:00

Dinner and cultural programme

Dinner and cultural programme hosted by Mr Eiki NESTOR, President of the Riigikogu

Venue: Estonia Concert Hall, Estonia puiestee 4, Tallinn

23:00

Return to the hotels

09:00

Departure from the hotels to the conference venue

Venue: Hilton Tallinn Park, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn

9:30–11:00

Session II: European security and defence

Keynote speakers:

  • Ms Ināra MŪRNIECE, Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia 
  • Dr Wolfgang SCHÄUBLE, President of the German Bundestag (speech)
  • Mr Wolfgang SOBOTKA, President of the Austrian National Council
  • Debate

11:00–11:30

Coffee break

11:30–12:30

Session II: European security and defence (continues)

12:30–13:00

Session III: Debate and adoption of the Conclusions

  • Closing remarks by Mr Eiki NESTOR, President of the Riigikogu

13:00–14:30

Lunch

14:30

Return to the hotels. Departure of the delegations

Location

Hilton Tallinn, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 23, 10147

Tallinn

Speakers

 Eiki Nestor

Eiki Nestor

President of the Riigikogu

As the President of the Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia, Eiki Nestor represents the Parliament and organises its work. He is the longest serving Member of the Riigikogu in the history of the Republic of Estonia. Twice he has held the post of a Minister – he was the Minister of Regional Affairs in 1994 and the Minister of Social Affairs in 1999. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party and has been the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Faction in the Riigikogu.

Antonio Tajani

Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

Antonio Tajani is the President of the European Parliament. He was elected to represent the EU's only directly elected institution on 17 January 2017, declaring that the main objective of his mandate would be to bring Europe closer to its citizens. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1994. From 2008 to 2014, he served as the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport and, subsequently, for Industry and Entrepreneurship. He was re-elected to the European Parliament in 2014, becoming its First Vice-President. He holds a degree in law and completed his military service as an officer in the Italian Air Force. Before dedicating his life to politics, Mr Tajani was a professional journalist for more than twenty years.

Marek Kuchciński

Marek Kuchciński

Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland

Speaker of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. In 2010-2015, he served as the Deputy Speaker of the Sejm. He has been a member of the Sejm since 2001.
In 2005-2007, he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Administration and Internal Affairs of the Sejm.
In 2007-2011, he chaired the Committee of the Environment Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry of the Sejm.
He is the initiator of the regularly organised conference “Europe of the Carpathians”.

Andrej Danko

Andrej Danko

Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

Andrej Danko graduated from the Faculty of Law at Comenius University in Bratislava. Before his political career, he worked as an attorney at law.
During 2006–2010, he was an assistant in the National Council of Slovakia. He became the first Vice-President of the Slovak National Party in 2010. In 2012, he became the Chairman of the Slovak National Party. On 23 March 2016, Andrej Danko was elected Speaker of the National Council.

François de Rugy

François de Rugy

President of the French National Assembly

François de Rugy was born in Nantes in 1973 and graduated from the IEP (Institute of Political Sciences) in Paris in 1995. First an activist in the Génération écologie movement in 1991, then a member of the Les Verts (Green Party) in 1994, he became Deputy Secretary General of the Radical, Citizen and Green Group at the National Assembly in 1997. From 2001 to 2008, he was Deputy Mayor of Nantes in charge of transport. Elected an MP in 2007, reelected in 2012 and 2017, he served in the Committee for Finances and the Committee for National Defense. From 2012 to 2015, he was Joint President of the Ecologist Group. In 2015, he left the Europe Écologie / Les Verts party and set up the Écologistes! party of which he became the leader. In 2016, he was elected Deputy President (Speaker) of the French National Assembly. In June 2017, he became President (Speaker) of the National Assembly.

Ināra Mūrniece

Ināra Mūrniece

Speaker of the Saeima

Ināra Mūrniece was elected Speaker of the Saeima on 4 November 2014. She represents the National Alliance of All for Latvia! and For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK, and has been a member of the Saeima since 2011. From 2011 to 2014, Ināra Mūrniece was the Chairperson of the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee, and from September to November 2014 the Chairperson of the National Alliance of All for Latvia! and the For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK parliamentary group. Before politics, Ināra Mūrniece worked in the editorial office of the largest daily newspaper Latvijas Avīze for 16 years, reporting on internal affairs and foreign policy matters. She has a degree in translation and has studied the Latvian language and literature.

Wolfgang Schäuble

Dr Wolfgang Schäuble

President of the German Bundestag

Wolfgang Schäuble was born in Freiburg on 18 September 1942. He is Protestant, married and has four children. He studied law and economics at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg and was awarded the degree of Dr. jur. in 1971. Dr Schäuble has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1972 and served as the Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group from 1981 to 1984. He then held the offices of Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery before serving as Federal Minister of the Interior from 1989 to 1991. Dr Schäuble has been a member of the CDU National Executive Committee since 1989. He headed the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag from 1991 until 2000. From 1998 until 2000, he was also National Chairman of the CDU. He has been a member of the CDU Presidium since then. He was the Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag for Foreign, Security and European Policy from 2002 to 2005, following which he again served as Federal Minister of the Interior. He was Federal Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2017. On 24 October 2017, Wolfgang Schäuble was elected President of the German Bundestag.

Wolfgang Sobotka

Wolfgang Sobotka

President of the National Council of Austria

Wolfgang Sobotka was born on 5 January 1956 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs. He was elected President of the National Council on 20 December 2017. In 2016-2017, he served as Federal Minister of the Interior. From 2009 to 2016, he was a Deputy Governor of Lower Austria and from 1998-2016 a member of Lower Austria’s Regional Government. Mr Sobotka was also the Mayor of Waidhofen an der Ybbs (1996-1998), a member of the local government of Waidhofen an der Ybbs (1992-1996) and a member of the municipal council of Waidhofen an der Ybbs (1982-1992).
Wolfgang Sobotka studied violoncello and musical education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and conducting at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz. He also has a Master’s degree in history from the University of Vienna.

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Contacts

Gea Rennel

Gea Rennel

Responsible Organiser of the Meeting of the Secretaries General of the EU Parliaments and the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments / Head of the Foreign Relations Department

+372 631 6390 gea.rennel@riigikogu.ee

Siiri Sillajõe

Siiri Sillajõe

Coordinator of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

+372 631 6505 siiri.sillajoe@riigikogu.ee

Margit Muul

Margit Muul

Assistant to Coordinator of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

+372 631 6502 margit.muul@riigikogu.ee

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