I was elected to the European Parliament as an independent candidate. As I had to remain true to my beliefs and voters alike, I had no other choice but to continue as an independent Member of the European Parliament. Since the “old” ideas like liberalism, conservatism and social democracy cannot give answers and solutions to the challenges of the 21st century, I decided to join the political EP group that has a potential to do this – the Greens. I found their perspectives and globally valid point of views very fascinating – more fascinating than having more and more power…
Besides, the Greens did not want me to join their party, unlike other political groups. One may say that it was a matter of flexibility – we respect each other’s point of views and co-operate where and when we can. When we have different opinions, then I will not sabotage their objectives and they will understand that my opinion is my opinion…
At the same time, as political culture in Estonia is very young and still developing, suffering under political parties both in power and in the opposition that do not respect citizens rights and freedom of speech – the Estonian Green Party did not manage to get a mandate during the last European Elections. It would be only healthy to have a country represented in all the (significant) political groups in the EP. Also, it is vital to uphold the political diversity in Estonia and protect freedom of speech, open lists during elections and prevent people from getting sucked into political parties against their will.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the 7th of July this year concerning the possible accession of Iceland to the European Union. Although the resolution was rather alright, several amendments had to be tabled. This time I decided to offer a helping hand not only to the Icelandic people, but also to the whales. The result was as follows:
“Insist that Iceland cease all whaling and drop all the reservations it has lodged with the International Whaling Commission;”
The resolution was very relevant in other areas as well, for example Iceland’s possible accession to the EU was not linked with the Icesave package, which would have been injustice carried out by a large state towards a smaller one.
For more information please visit:
EP press release
EP Resolution on Iceland’s application for membership of the European Union
Greens/EFA press release
8.-10.oktoobrini toimub Tallinnas Euroopa Roheliste Kogu konverents, kus arutatakse mitmeid Eesti ja Euroopa arenguga seonduvaid majandusküsimusi, aga ka energiajulgeoleku ning Euroopa kodanikualgatusega seonduvaid probeeme.
Konverentsi esimesel päeval keskendutakse Eesti ühiskonna jätkusuutliku arengu võimaluste, Euroopa Liidu Välisteenistuse, kodanikuühiskonna ja võrdõiguslikkuse edendamise arutelule. Sõna võtavad Dr. Elinor Ostrom (Indiana Ülikooli professor ja 2009.a Nobeli majanduspreemia laureaat), Keith Kasemets (EV riigikantselei strateegiabüroo juhataja), Caroline Lucas (EP saadik, Suurbritannia), Philippe Lamberts (EP saadik, Belgia), Marek Strandberg (Eesti Roheliste esimees) Indrek Tarand (EP saadik) ja teised.
Lisaks tuleb arutusele ka keskkonnasäästliku ja jätkusuutliku makromajandus- ja finantsarengu võimalikud mudelid ja energiajulgeolek.
Ühtlasi käsitletakse konverentsil Euroopa Kodanikualgatust, mille raames saavad tulevikus vähemalt 1 miljon Euroopa kodanikku erinevatest liikmesriikidest Euroopa Komisjonile seadusandlusettepanekuid esitada.
Kahepäevasel konverentsil korraldatakse töötube ja seminare, kus on oodatud huvilised. Ürituse ajakava ja registreerimisvormi leiab siit: