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Priority of Estonian MEPs – development of digital single market

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCurrently, six MP’s represent Estonia in the European Parliament. Although they represent four different political parties, most have similar priorities, with the development of the digital single market being on top of the agenda.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR interviewed the MPs in Brussels to grasp the key concerns of politicians, who were elected in the spring European Parliament election.

Indrek Tarand, who represents the Group of Greens on the Committee on Budgets, is concerned about the growing structural deficit of EU’s budget of 2005.

«There is an accumulation of 200 billion in unpaid bills. We have agreed that we are unable to solve it but we will try to mitigate the situation,» explained Tarand to the ERR.

Tunne Kelam, who has started his third term in the European Parliament, said his main priorities are the EU digital single market and the security situation in relation to the escalating conflict in Ukraine.

Discussing the EU and U.S. free trade agreement, he expressed a view that the talks should be continued despite diferences in opinion.

«One can always find objections but the question here is, whether we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. If the issue is GMOs or interception (of phone conversations by the US), these are minor problems. A big problem is one we face together,» Kelam told.

Yana Toom from Estonia’s Centre Party lists discrimination in the labour market, education and free media has her priorities. Toom, who in the last plenum voted against the resolution demanding tougher sanctions on Russia, unlike other Estonian MEPs believes that the Ukraine conflict should be solved and peace guaranteed by diplomatic means.

In a week’s time, MEP and former Estonian head of government Andrus Ansip will face the European Parliament as the Vice-President-Designate of the Commission for Digital Single Market.

Ansip said to ERR that he has done his homework. «I assume most questions will probably concern the digital single market. There will be 45 questions, the hearing lasts three hours and this time should accommodate all kinds of questions,» he shared his views.

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