Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas: the next 18 months will be of decisive importance in the European Union

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  • 16/01/2018 12:56

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Jüri Ratas and Antonio Tajani
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament (photo: European Union)

Today, in Strasbourg, while presenting a summary of Estonia’s first Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said that the next 18 months will be of decisive importance in the European Union. According to the Prime Minister, the most important thing is the digital economy

"Together, we must create new opportunities for Europe in the form of the creation of a common digital and energy market, and complete the work with proposals, in which Estonia concluded initial agreements. The priorities for the next multi-year budget must also be put into place, which take into consideration current policies, such as research and agriculture, but which also respond to the main concerns of citizens, such as migration and the defence of Europe," said Ratas, adding that the main goal of the budget must be increasing the competitiveness of Europe’s economy, improving connections, and deepening and strengthening the single digital market.

According to Ratas, there is no doubt that the Estonian Presidency left a digital footprint on Europe. According to the Prime Minister, the most important thing in ensuring the growth of the digital economy is moving ahead with the free movement of non-personal data, which relies on cloud processing, the analysis of big data, artificial intelligence, and the development of the Internet of things.

Prime Ministe Ratas cited the agreements on defence cooperation, the free movement of data, migration crisis solutions, social protection and the fulfilment of the Paris climate agreement as success stories of the Estonian Presidency.

Read the full text of the summary of Estonia’s presidency presented to the European Parliament by Prime Minister Ratas.

Prime Minister Ratas also met in Strasbourg with Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, with whom he discussed the next steps to be taken by the Parliament on the digital topic and the question of finding long-term solutions to migration.