First Deputy Speaker at Nordic-Baltic Conference of Speakers

Published: 24 August 2016 at 12.57

On 20-22 August, the First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström (Moderate Party) and Secretary-General of the Riksdag Kathrin Flossing visited Estonia and Latvia to participate in the Nordic-Baltic Conference of Speakers and in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Baltic countries' independence.

The Speakers of the Nordic and Baltic Parliaments participating in a wreath-laying ceremony in Riga, Latvia.

First Deputy Speaker Tobian Billström (Moderate Party) participates in wreath-laying ceremony. Photo: The Latvian Parliament


"Nordic-Baltic cooperation is important for Sweden. Our countries have enjoyed good relations for many years, and parliamentary exchange is particularly important", said Tobias Billström after the visit.

First, the Nordic-Baltic Speakers visited Tallinn. In the Estonian Parliament, they were received by the Speaker Eiki Nestor. The programme also included meetings with President Toomas Ilves and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.

The Nordic-Baltic Conference of Speakers then took place in Riga. In addition to parliamentary cooperation, the agenda included discussions on security policy, the Eastern Partnership and topical issues at European level such as migration issues. The programme in Riga also included meetings with the Speaker Inãra Murniece and President Raimonds Vejonis.

During the trip, the 25th anniversary of independence in the Baltic countries since 1991 was also highlighted. The First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag participated together with the Nordic-Baltic Speakers in various activities, including wreath-laying ceremonies in both Tallinn and Riga.