On 27-28 September our team of experts (Jarosław Kociszewski, Anaïs Marin, Agnieszka Bryc and Kristina Tsabala) visited Tallinn, Estonia on a study tour in order to discuss issues such as Estonian internal politics, corruption and Russian influence. The study tour was organised as a part of a project co-funded by the European Commission that is about the threats to democracy in the EU.
We met with Kalev Stoicescu, Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Estonian Parliament to talk about the Estonian political scene. We also had an opportunity to talk with Merili Arjakas from International Centre for Defence & Security and DD foundation, Allan Aksiim, the former head of Student Council of University of Tartu and former journalist in ERR and with Heidi Maiberg, a PhD candidate associated with DD. Our conversation focused on corruption, disinformation, and pro-Russian tendencies in Estonian society, as well as the similarities between the Estonian and Polish politics. We had also an honour to meet James Sherr (Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at ICDS) and Igor Gretskiy (Research Fellow of Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS). We discussed the political and economic situation of Estonia and possible scenarios for the upcoming years. All meetings have been very relevant for the policy papers that we are about to publish this year (about Estonia, corruption in Central Eastern Europe and Russian influence in the EU).
Head of the expert project: Adam Balcer, Programme Director
Logistics organiser: Maja Hassen, Editorial Office of the new.org.pl portal