Ratas re­acts to EU bud­get pro­posal, ex­presses readi­ness to pay more

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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.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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