President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid discussed digital cooperation and Eastern Partnership issues with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg

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  • 12/10/2017 17:50

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Kersti Kaljulaid and Xavier Bettel
President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, met today in Luxembourg with Luxembourg's Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel

The President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, met today in Luxembourg with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, to discuss the cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of digital and security issues, as well as matters related to the future of Europe and the Eastern Partnership. At the meeting, Prime Minister Bettel also presented the President with an agreement on the regulation of the establishment of the Estonian data embassy in Luxembourg.

"Estonia and Luxembourg are both pioneers. Both are small countries that have established the digitisation of society as a clear priority and understand that governance and public services must not be the last to become 'pocketable' while the rest of the world has already reached this goal. A data embassy, which will ensure the secure maintenance of our digital state in another geographic location, serves as a good example of the shared understanding and cooperation between the two countries in this sphere," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting with Prime Minister Bettel. The President also thanked the Prime Minister of Luxembourg for his contribution to the development of defence related cooperation between the two countries and investments into the cyber exercise field in Tallinn.

The future of the European Union and the Eastern Partnership, which is the highlight of a summit  organised by Estonia in November in Brussels as part of our programme during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, was also discussed at length at the meeting between President Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Bettel. "The Eastern Partnership is one of the focuses of our foreign policy both before, during and after the Estonian Presidency. As the European Union, we must give everything to keep countries that want to belong to the alliance as close to us as possible, even if the accession perspective is not real currently," said the Head of State.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, also presented the Estonian Head of State with a lease agreement at the meeting; the agreement regulates the establishment of the Estonian data embassy in a state high security data centre in Luxembourg. The agreement was signed last week by Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Urve Palo, and the Luxembourg Minister for Home Affairs, Dan Kersch. This is the first-time such a data embassy has ever been established.