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President Kaljulaid discussed the role of Parliament in the emergency situation

17.03.2020

President Kesti Kaljulaid had a conference call with the Chairmen of the Factions of Parliament of Estonia to discuss the role of the Parliament in the current emergency situation and how the work of the Parliament will continue.

"It is right for the government and Prime Minister to have a large mandate in an emergency situation. However, the emergency situation raises a lot of questions which may have very far-reaching consequences for our society and where the Parliament is obliged to have a say and to come up with solutions in accordance with our constitution. We are all in this situation for the very first time and it is important to quickly set up rules about what is the role of the person managing the emergency situation and what is the role of the Parliament," president Kaljulaid said after the conference call. According to the Head of State, this is a very important question because we are creating a precedent: "We are currently creating the role of the Parliament for similar situations maybe for the next hundred years."

The chairmen of parliamentary factions and the Head of State also discussed changes to the work processes of the Parliament. According to President Kaljulaid, it is important to keep everyone healthy, but the work of the Parliament needs to continue and it is important to develop appropriate solutions, for example for the election of the Speaker, which is happening next week.

Deputy Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party Faction Andrei Korobeinik, Chairman of the Isamaa Faction Priit Sibul, Chairman of the Reform Party Faction Kaja Kallas and the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Faction Indrek Saar took part in the video conference. Chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia Faction was not able to join the video conference at the agreed time.

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