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Interparliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)

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The CFSP/CSDP is a joint conference of the committees dealing with foreign policy and security policy issues in the parliaments of the Member States. The objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) are to strengthen security, preserve peace, promote international cooperation and advance democracy.

At the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, the parliaments of Member States are each represented by a delegation composed of up to six members; the European Parliament is represented by up to 16 members. National parliaments of EU candidate countries and member countries of NATO that are not members of the EU can participate as observers and are represented by a delegation of up to four members.

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union is also invited to the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference. In 2014–2019, this position is held by Federica Mogherini.

The Conference is held in Tallinn in September 2017, and the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu are responsible for its organisation.

Video summary of the second CFSP/CSDP conference day:

Video summary of the first CFSP/CSDP conference day:

Agenda

14:00–19:00

Arrival of the delegations and conference registration at the hotels

16:30

Departure by bus from the hotels to the troika meeting

17:00–17:30

Meeting of the Presidency Troika and the European Parliament

Venue: Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

17:00

Departure by bus from the hotels for the heads of delegations

17:30–19:00

Briefing on regional security challenges for the heads of delegations

Venue: Conference Hall of the Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

19:00

Departure by bus from the Riigikogu and the hotels to the dinner venue

19:30

Dinner and cultural programme

Venue: KUMU, Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, Tallinn

22:30

Return to the hotels by bus

8:00

Departure by bus from the hotels to the conference venue

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

8:30–9:10

Meetings of the political groups

8:30

Departure by bus from the hotels to the conference venue

9:15–9:45

Opening session

  • Opening remarks by Mr Marko MIHKELSON, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu
  • Welcome address by Mr Eiki NESTOR, President of the Riigikogu. See: speech (PDF, 30kB)
  • Welcome address by Mr David McALLISTER, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament

9:45–10:45

Session I: Why Europe matters? – Europe in the global context

Keynote speakers:

  • H. E. Mrs Kersti KALJULAID, President of the Republic of Estonia
  • Mr Alexander STUBB, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Former Prime Minister of Finland

10:45–11:15

Coffee break

11:15–12:45

Session II: Invigorating the unity of the west and transatlantic relations

Speakers: 

  • Mr Ed ROYCE, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives (pre-recorded video discussion)
  • Mr David McALLISTER, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament
  • Mr Robert NURICK, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council`s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
  • Mr Wouter COUSSENS, Economic Advisor to the President of the European Council

12:45–14:30

Family photo and lunch

14:30–16:30

Session III: Exchange of views on the priorities of the EU in the area of CFSP and CSDP

Speaker:

  • Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission

16:30–17:00

Coffee break

17:00–18:00

Session IV: State of play beyond the EU borders

Speaker: 

18:00

Return to the hotels by bus

19:00

Departure by bus from the hotels to the dinner venue

19:30

Dinner and cultural programme

Venue: Seaplane Harbour, Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn

23:00

Return to the hotels by bus

8:00

Departure by bus from the hotels to the morning coffee seminars

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

8:30–9:30

Morning coffee seminars (optional, in English)

1. Seminar: Western Balkans – moderated by Mr David McALLISTER
2. Seminar: North Korea – moderated by Mr Hannes HANSO
3. Seminar: Russia – moderated by Mr Marko MIHKELSON

Experts: Mr Vladimir KARA-MURZA, Vice-Chairman of Open Russia and Mr Vladimir JUŠKIN, Director of the Baltic Center for Russian Studies

9:00

Departure by bus from the hotels to the conference venue

9:40–11:10

Session V: Ways to strengthen European defence

Speakers:

  • Mr Jüri LUIK, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia
  • Amb Tacan ILDEM, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
  • Mr Carl BILDT, Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Former Prime Minister of Sweden

11:10–11:30

Coffee break

11:30–13:00

Session VI: Practical aspects of the hybrid world including the cyber sphere and strategic communication

Speakers:

  • Mr Giles PORTMAN, Head of East StratCom Task Force of the European External Action Service. See: speech
  • Mr Taimar PETERKOP, Director General of the Information System Authority of Estonia
  • Closing remarks by Mr Hannes HANSO, Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu

13:00–14:30

Lunch

14:30

Return to the hotels by bus

Location

Hilton Tallinn, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 23, 10147

Tallinn

Speakers

Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid

President of the Republic of Estonia

In 2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia. Previously she served from 2004 to 2016 as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Kersti Kaljulaid was Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor. Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the University from 2012 to 2016.

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.

Marko Mihkelson

Marko Mihkelson

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

Marko Mihkelson is the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu. He has also served as the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu. He is the Head of the Estonian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since this year and the Vice-Chairman of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation.

Hannes Hanso

Hannes Hanso

Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu

Since 2016 Hannes Hanso is the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu and as the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. Before being elected as an MP, he worked for the International Centre for Defence Studies, the Representation of the European Union in China and Mongolia, the Ministry of Defence and as an adviser to the Minister of Finance.

David McAllister

David McAllister

Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament

David McAllister is the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, a member of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the United States and a member of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Since 2015 he has been the Vice Chair of the European People’s Party. Prior to being elected as an MEP, David McAllister served in various roles in German politics, including Prime Minister of Lower Saxony.

Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb

Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Former Prime Minister of Finland

Alexander Stubb is Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. His background is in academia and civil service, with a focus on EU affairs. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004-2008, a government minister from 2008-16, a member of parliament from 2011-2017 and Chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014-16.

Ed Royce

Ed Royce

Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives

Ed Royce is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is now serving his 13th term in the Congress representing Southern California’s 39th congressional district. Since 2013 he has been the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has also served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, the Chairman of the Africa subcommittee, and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Robert Nurick

Robert Nurick

Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council`s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Robert Nurick is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Washington, DC. In 2014 he was Visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. His previous positions include Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Assistant Director and Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Wouter Coussens

Wouter Coussens

Advisor to the President of the European Council

Wouter Coussens is an advisor in the Cabinet of European Council President Tusk, working on economic and foreign policy matters (US and Canada). Prior to joining the Cabinet last year, he was the Head of the ECB's Representative Office in Brussels from 2013 until 2016. Before that, he worked at the ECB Headquarters in Frankfurt and at the ECB's Washington Office.

Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

Since 2014, Federica Mogherini has served as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. Her previous positions include the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, the Head of the Italian delegation to the NATO parliamentary assembly, a member of the Italian Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Sven Mikser

Sven Mikser

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Sven Mikser is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from November 2016. His previous positions include the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia, the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Faction in the Riigikogu and the Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Vladimir Kara-Murza

Vladimir Kara-Murza

Vice-Chairman of Open Russia

Vladimir Kara-Murza is Vice-Chairman of Open Russia, a Russian pro-democracy movement. He was a longtime colleague and advisor to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and chairs the Nemtsov Foundation. He is a former deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party, and was a candidate for the Russian State Duma. Kara-Murza writes regular commentary for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals.

Vladimir Juškin

Vladimir Juškin

Director of the Baltic Center for Russian Studies

Vladimir Juškin is one of the most respected experts on Russia in Estonia. His special area of expertise is Russian political, security and military affairs. Since 1999 he has been the founder and director of the Baltic Center for Russian Studies. He is also the former adviser to the Prime Minister of Estonia.

Jüri Luik

Jüri Luik

Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia

Jüri Luik is the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. Before assuming the position on 12 June 2017 he worked as the Director of International Centre of Defence and Security. This is his third term as the Minister of Defence (1993-1994 and 1999-2002). He has also served as the country´s Foreign Minister (1994-1995) as well as Ambassador to Moscow, NATO and Washington. Jüri Luik is a valued expert on defence and security policy.

Tacan Ildem

Tacan Ildem

Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy of NATO

Ambassador Tacan Ildem directs NATO Public Diplomacy Division that works to raise the Alliance’s profile with audiences around the world to build understanding of and support for NATO’s policies and operations. He also oversees the coordination of all Strategic Communications activities across NATO. As a Turkish diplomat, he has held bilateral and multilateral positions including Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to NATO and the OSCE.

Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Carl Bildt has served as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden. During his term as Prime Minister, his government negotiated and signed a membership agreement with the European Union. As the Foreign Minister of Sweden, he was one of the initiators of EU’s Eastern Partnership. He has also served in international functions with the EU and UN. He was Co-Chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and the first High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Giles Portman

Giles Portman

Head of East StratCom Task Force of the European External Action Service

Giles Portman has been Head of the East Stratcom Task Force in the European External Action Service in Brussels since September 2015. Before this, he worked for 12 years on EU-Turkey relations, including as Chair of the EU Enlargement Working Group, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Ankara, and adviser to the EU High Representative. He has also been a communications adviser and speechwriter to a former UK Minister for Europe.

Taimar Peterkop

Taimar Peterkop

Director General of the Information System Authority of the Republic of Estonia

Taimar Peterkop is Director General of the Information System Authority, where he is responsible for coordinating Estonia’s national cyber security and developing Estonia’s e-government platform. The Information System Authority is responsible for coordinating national cyber security, developing public IT solutions, including Estonia's e-government infrastructure and administering IT-related public funds.

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Birgit Keerd-Leppik

Birgit Keerd-Leppik

Responsible Organiser of the Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP) / Adviser, Head of Secretariat to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu

+372 631 6461 birgit.keerd-leppik@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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