Marko Mihkelson spoke at the IIEA on 20 October 2017. In the context of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU (which began on July 1 2017), he outlined an Estonian perspective on the broader challenges ahead facing the EU. Mr Mihkelson has been the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament since 2016. He is an Independent politician, and also serves as head of the Estonian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He previously served as Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee on two other occasions: from 2011 to 2015 and from 2003 to 2005. He also served as Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2011.