Ci­gane: Es­to­nia has es­tab­lished high but real­is­tic goals for its pres­i­dency

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«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.

Ieva Lūka/LETA

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