Estonian parliamentary committees briefed on updated security policy framework

Joint session of the National Defense Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (riigikogu.ee)
9/19/2016 6:30 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

The National Defense Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu were acquainted with the bill of Estonia's updated security policy framework at a joint session held on Monday.

The bill lays out the principles and objectives of Estonia's security policy, describes the security environment and maps out directions of action divided into nine sub-objectives, spokespeople for the Riigikogu reported.

According to the Chairman of the National Defense Committee Marko Mihkelson (IRL), it is important to put in place a timeframe for refreshing the base document on Estonia's security policy; he proposed doing so once during the tenure of each new Riigikogu. Mihkelson also deemed it necessary to introduce a periodic review of the document, with the prime minister giving an account of its implementation the Riigikogu twice per tenure.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Sven Mikser (SDE) noted that the document is based on a broad concept of security and provides a framework for the functioning of the Estonian state in the face of internal, regional as well as global threats and challenges.

Committee members pointed out a few aspects to which more attention should be paid before the bill is adopted and will submit proposals in writing for further discussion by next Monday.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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