Estonia has changed its mind again regarding the UN Migration Pact.
Initially for it, then against it, and now they are supporting the Compact.
– We carried an article from pastimes.ee in a post on November 18 in which they stated: The blast was so strong that the government will likely decide against joining the global compact.
However, in the V4 Report, we also noted “this is not a certainty in Estonia and there will be intense pressure and threats from some quarters in order to get them to comply”.
It looks like the pressure was applied successfully.
There was much controversy with the vote and the process. One party refused to vote.
The Reform Party did not participate in the vote, with chairwoman Kaja Kallas declaring the matter a “failure” of government, seeing as less than half of the Riigikogu and only part of the coalition voted in favour.
Reform in turn was criticised by Pro Patria chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder. That Reform’s MPs refused to take on the responsibility of their office is “bad,” he said, adding that Reform is split on the issue of the UN Compact on Migration as well.
The government does look bad and continues to embarrass itself over its actions. This was also the case in Croatia and Slovenia. It’s as if they are being forced to act, but are trying to escape the blame for supporting it. The spin to rationalize their actions is intense as they realize their citizens will not be happy.
No doubt, there was some pressure put on Estonia from certain capitals. Unlike others in the Three Seas region, the leaders of Estonia may not yet have the confidence to defy Brussels.
Maybe some day? This is why it is vital to grow and strengthen the Three Seas Initiative.