Today, during the meeting with Polish colleague Beata Szydło, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas indicated that the strength of the European Union lies within common values, freedoms and principles, such as rule of law.
“We enjoy the fruits of European cooperation thanks to solidarity. We have to listen to each other, find solutions to problems and lend a helping hand, if necessary,” said Prime Minister Ratas who added that Estonia’s objective during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to guide 28 countries in making balanced decisions.
During today’s brief visit, the prime ministers were able to discuss Europe’s current topical issues, such as migration, cybersecurity, defence cooperation and the rights of posted workers, as well as regional transport and energy networks, security and relations between Estonia and Poland.
“We discussed the questions regarding the Posting of Workers Directive, in which we agreed that finding a balanced solution, that takes both the rights of the workers and freedom of the internal market into consideration would be the best practice. Estonia, as the holder of the Presidency, hopes that we can find a solution in October,” said Ratas.
“Estonia and Poland have close relations, we share strong economic ties. I highly appreciate Poland’s contribution to our regional security, their regular participation in NATO’s Baltic air policing missions and defence costs of over two percent of gross domestic product,” said Ratas, acknowledging Poland’s strategic partnership with Estonia.
According to Ratas, there are new developments in regional transport infrastructure projects. Ratas praised Poland for putting more and more thought to the Rail Baltic project. “It is important now to ensure that the project stays on schedule and receives the necessary financing from the future EU budget,” he added. According to Ratas, the Via Baltica project will see the reconstruction of several road sections in order to increase capacity and safety, and decrease travel time. The cooperation of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in developing energy infrastructure including the desynchronisation process continues to be important.
The prime ministers also talked about the development of digital society, which will be discussed in greater detail next week, on 29 September in Tallinn, when the leaders of EU arrive in Estonia for the Digital Summit. “I am glad that Poland and Estonia share the same visions for digital Europe,” said Prime Minister Ratas. “I am looking forward to next week’s meeting. My colleagues and I will direct our focus to the future of European digital society. Thinking not just of tomorrow or the day after that, but of the year 2025. I believe that our discussions can help us give a strong boost to the establishment of a European digital economy.”