Committee Proposes More Global Allocation of Foreign Service

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2/17/2012 9:44 AM
Category: Politics

Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee has approved an opinion on the foreign service and proposed to the government that the number of Estonian embassies in Europe be reduced.

"Given the limited resources, it is extremely important to have a constant analysis of Estonian representation in the world, protection of our citizens' interests and increasing our renown. The committee intends to pay attention to this in future as well," said Marko Mihkelson, chairman of the committee, on February 16.

The opinion of the Foreign Affairs Committee is based on hearings and studies conducted. The committee will expect the government to submit a report on how the recommendations have been implemented by year's end.

The committee believes Estonia's representation in the world should become more diverse and carefully considered. with new activities and means that go beyond the classic model of foreign relations.

The committee recommended that assets freed up by closing come embassies be used to strengthen other embassies and to pay higher salaries to young diplomats.

Kristopher Rikken

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