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Tunne Kelam MEP: A lack of long-term strategy, coordination, implementation

Tunne Kelam, a famous Estonian freedom fighter, member of the European Parliament for 12 years and representative of the European People’s Party in the influential Foreign Affairs Committee, met with GLOBALO in Brussels to discuss the refugee crisis.

Mr Kelam was an essential part of freeing Estonia from the iron grip of the USSR. He founded the first free parliament in the former republic of the USSR. He was elected to the Estonian Parliament in 1991, after Estonia formally declared independence from the Soviet Union. He served in the Estonian Parliament until 2004, when he joined the European Parliament. He represents the ‘Pro Patria and Res Publica Union’ (IRL), part of the European People’s Party.

Estonia is the role model for radical reforms and good government in the EU.

In regards to the current role of Europe in the refugee crisis, Mr Kelam said that the “main problem is that we can’t stay in the role of ‘Good Samaritan’.”

In terms of the situation in Syria and the Middle East:

Mr Kelam laid out his proposal for what Europe should be doing in Syria.

The main problem of the European Union however, is “a lack of long-term strategy, and the problem of coordination and implementation. Because it is a long period before implementation can be carried out by the EU and member states.”