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Meeting of the Secretaries General of the European Union Parliaments

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The Meeting of the Secretaries General of Parliaments of the European Union focused on common international issues that the representatives of Member States consider urgent.

The meeting was organised by the office of the parliament that holds the Presidency of the EU Council. Previous meetings of the Secretaries General of the European Union Parliaments have discussed, among other things, international security, human rights, education, agriculture and human trafficking.

Video summary of the meeting:

The Conference was held in Tallinn in January 2018, and the Foreign Relations Department ot the Chancellery of the Riigikogu and the Secretary General of the Riigikogu are responsible for organising it.

Agenda

15:00–19:00

Arrival of the delegations and registration for the Meeting at the hotels

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Meeting of Secretaries General of the Troika

17:30

Departure by bus from the hotels to the Troika meeting

Venue: Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

18:00–19:00

Meeting of Secretaries General of the Troika (Slovakia, Estonia, Austria, European Parliament)

19:00

Departure for the dinner

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19:00

Departure by bus from the hotels to the dinner venue

19:30

Dinner hosted by Mr Peep JAHILO, Secretary General of the Riigikogu

Venue: Tallinn Creative Hub, Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn

22:00

Return to the hotels by bus

8:30

Departure by bus from the hotels to the meeting venue

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

9:00–9:15

Opening session

  • Welcome address by Mr Eiki NESTOR, President of the Riigikogu. See: speech (PDF, 156kB)
  • Introductory remarks by Mr Peep JAHILO, Secretary General of the Riigikogu
  • Adoption of the agenda of the Meeting
  • Debate

9:15–10:00

Session I: Presentation of the draft programme of the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments

  • Speaker: Mr Peep JAHILO, Secretary General of the Riigikogu
  • Debate

Presentation of the parliamentary dimension of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

  • Speaker: Ms Stefana KARASLAVOVA, Secretary General of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

10:00–10:30

Session II: IPEX related issues

  • IPEX Annual Report
  • Conclusions on IPEX
  • Speaker: Mr Milan HODÁS, Director of the Parliamentary Institute of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
  • Debate

10:30–11:15

Family photo and coffee break

11:15–12:15

Session III: Future of the EU: organisation of debates in the parliaments

Speakers:

  • Mr Klaus WELLE, Secretary General of the European Parliament
  • Mr Geert-Jan HAMILTON, Secretary General of the Senate of the Netherlands. See: speech (PDF, 133kB)
  • Debate

12:15–13:15

Session IV: New technologies and digitalisation: opportunities and challenges

  • Speaker: Ms Kadri KASKA, Senior Analyst of the Information System Authority of Estonia. See: slides (PDF, 369kB)
  • Debate

13:15–13:30

Any other business

  • Closing remarks by Mr Peep JAHILO, Secretary General of the Riigikogu

13:30–14:30

Lunch

Venue: White Hall of the Riigikogu

14:30

Return to the hotels by bus. Departure of the delegations

Location

Plenary Hall of the Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a, 15165

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.

Klaus Welle

Klaus Welle

Secretary General of the European Parliament

Klaus Welle is the Secretary General of the European Parliament since 2009. Before that, he served as the Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament (2007–2009), and the Director-General for Internal Policies (2004–2007). From 1999 to 2003, Mr Welle was the Secretary General of the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament, in 1994–1999, he was the Secretary General of the European People's Party (EPP) and the European Union of Christian Democrats, and from 1991 to 1994, the Head of the European and Foreign Policy Department at the CDU Central Office in Bonn.

Geert Jan Hamilton

Geert Jan Hamilton

Secretary General of the Senate of the Netherlands

Geert Jan Hamilton has been the Secretary General (Griffier) of the Senate (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) of the Netherlands since 2006. From 1975 to 1980, he worked as a fellow and a legal adviser at Leyden University. From 1980 until 1999, he was Legal Counsellor to the Association of Health Insurers in the Netherlands. From 1993 to 1999, he was the President of the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM), the international organisation of social health insurers.
From 1999 to 2006, Hamilton was the Director of Legislation and Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands. He was closely involved in the reform of the health insurance system in the Netherlands, which was implemented from 1 January 2006.
From May until October 2017, he was Acting President of the Association of the Secretaries General of the Parliaments (ASGP). Mr Hamilton will leave the office on 1 October 2018.

Kadri Kaska

Kadri Kaska

Senior Analyst of the Information System Authority of Estonia

Kadri Kaska is a Lead Analyst at the Cyber Security Division of the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA), she is responsible for cyber threat assessment and policy analysis. Previously, she worked as a research fellow at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, with her area of research encompassed comparative domestic law regarding state activities in cyberspace as well as national cyber security strategies and capability building. Kadri holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and has her earlier professional background includes telecommunications and competition law.

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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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