Ratas reacts to EU budget proposal, expresses readiness to pay more
Reacting to the European Union’s budget plan for the years 2021-2027 as proposed by the European Commission, the Estonian Prime Minister, Jüri Ratas, has noted that Estonia was ready contribute more to the bloc’s budget and set out the priorities of the Baltic state for budget talks.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Thursday, May 3, that the head of the Estonian government stated in a press release: «The EU budget, to which taxpayers of all Member States contribute, is meant to boost development and new initiatives. The most important thing is what we spend on, how investments affect the economy, if they will stimulate growth in the future, and if the well-being of people and the security of the countries will increase» Ratas noted that Estonia main objectives in the coming EU budget debate include the construction of Rail Baltica and the connecting of the Baltic states’ electricity network with Europe. Another is balancing direct subsidies for farmers as part the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, where farmers in old member states receive considerably higher payments compared to Estonian farmers.