Riigikogu examines principles for updated security concept
Principles for drafting the new national security concept were presented to the Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday.
Chairman of the National Defence Committee Marko Mihkelson (IRL) said that the present concept dating back to 2010 had successfully withstood the test of time, but that it needed updating to be consistent with present-day demands.
"The central principle of the renewed document is that Estonia will defend itself in any case and against any adversary, no matter how strong," Mihkelson said. He said that Estonia considered its own security and the security of its allies to be indivisible, and that it had to be prepared to ensure both.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Sven Mikser (SDE) said it was important that the drafting of a new fundamental security policy document was for the first time led by the Government Office, which enabled a broader vision and increased the sense of belonging of all government agencies in regard to the national security concept.
Mikser said the principles and content of the policy currently in force were in every way meaningful and relevant in today's tense security situation. He acknowledged the continuity of the basic values of the Estonian security policy since the restoration of independence 25 years ago.
Both committees found that the security of Estonia didn't have to be limited to military security alone, and that security was ensured by coordinated foreign and domestic policy. Therefore it was considered important to involve other specialist committees of the Riigikogu in the discussion of the updated policy concept.
The national security concept is a basic guideline document that outlines the security policy of Estonia and covers all areas important for the security of the country.
The main goal of the policy is to guarantee the independence and sovereignty, territorial integrity, constitutional order, and the safety of the population of Estonia.