Ten parliamentary committees elect chairs, vice chairs

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Ten out of 11 standing committees of the Estonian parliament elected chairmen and vice chairmen on Monday.

The Foreign Affairs Committee is chaired by Hannes Hanso (SDE) with Enn Eesmaa (Center Party) as vice chair.

The National Defense Committee is headed by Marko Mihkelson (IRL) with Mart Helme (EKRE) as his deputy.

Kalle Laanet (Reform Party) was elected chairman and Juri Adams (Free Party) vice chairman of the Constitutional Committee.

The Environment Committee is headed by Rainer Vakra (SDE) with Rein Ratas (Center Party) as vice chair.

The Cultural Affairs Committee is chaired by Laine Randjarv (Reform Party) with Aadu Must (Center Party) as the second in command.

The Rural Affairs Committee is led by Ivari Padar (SDE) with Siret Kotka (Center Party) as vice chair.

Toomas Kivimagi (Reform Party) takes the helm of the Economic Affairs Committee with Mihhail Korb (Center Party) as vice chair.

Remo Holsmer (Reform Party) was elected chairman and Tarmo Tamm (Center Party) vice chairman of the Finance Committee.

The Social Affairs Committee is chaired by Aivar Kokk (IRL) with Monika Haukanomm (Free Party) as vice chair.

The Legal Affairs Committee is headed by Heljo Pikhof (SDE) with Uno Kaskpeit (EKRE) as vice chair.

The composition, chairman and vice chair of the European Union Affairs Committee will be known later on. The parliamentary group of the Reform Party has proposed Kalle Palling as head of the committee. Under the parliament's rules of procedure and internal rules, the committee has to consist of a minimum of 15 members and include at least one member from all the other standing committees.

Select committees will be formed after the parliament passes corresponding resolutions. The previous Riigikogu had select committees on the supervision of security agencies, combating corruption and state budget control.