Member of the Riigikogu Marianne Mikko met with a delegation of the European Parliament Former Members Association. During the discussion, she stressed the importance of European unity, and the need to cooperate closely on all levels in the changed security situation.
"It is in the best interests of us all, and the European Union, that Europe is a unified whole that does not crumble,” Mikko said.
Mikko reflected back to the reasons behind the establishment of the European Union after WWII: to introduce cooperation between strategic industries and to avoid armed conflicts between France and Germany. “Today, this has grown into an extremely strong economic and political union of 28 Member States whose disintegration would not serve anyone,” Mikko said.
Mikko said that European unity is particularly important in the changed security situation. Other matters discussed at the meeting included the single digital market and the free movement of data, as well as issues related to the posted workers directive, and women's rights.
The European Parliament Former Members Association works on strengthening the relations between the current and the former MEPs. The Association organises meetings, discussions and cultural, research and social events for former MEPs, and promotes relations with other similar organisations in Europe. The delegation is visiting Estonia in connection with Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.