Cigane: Estonia has established high but realistic goals for its presidency
«Estonia has performed a great deal of work. Everything points to a successful presidency over the EU Council,» says Saeima European Affairs Committee chairperson Lolita Cigane.
She says Estonia has established high but realistic goals, which is important to Latvia as well. «We are prepared to become actively involved and provide assistance.»
Saeima’s press-service reports that, members of the parliament were presented with Estonia’s priorities for upcoming presidency over the EU Council by Estonia’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary in Latvia Tõnis Nirk on Tuesday, 5 September. Estonia has already voiced its views on multiple matters important to the European Union, including cooperation in the field of defence, Cigane said. «The matter regarding European Energy Union is also important. Latvia had made several important decisions for its formation during its presidency in 2015. Establishment of energy independence and moving towards a joint energy policy in the EU is also a priority for our country.»
Also Cigane said that Latvia values Estonia’s dedication to continue the work on strengthening the eastern partnership policy, which was one of the priorities of Latvia’s presidency. «Estonia’s presidency will have to resolve complicated matters in which member states often lack unity. One example is the matter regarding reformation of Europe’s asylum system. Work on Posting of Workers Directive may prove difficult as well,» says Cigane. As the ambassador explained to members of the Saeima, Estonia will have four main priorities: open and innovative European economy; a safe and secure Europe; digital Europe and free exchange of data; inclusive and sustainable Europe.