European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, in Estonia
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, was in Tallinn for a meeting of the leaders of the European Parliament’s parliamentary groups with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and his government to discuss the priorities of the incoming European Council Estonian Presidency starting on 1 July.
The MEPs also met with the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid in the afternoon and participated in a debate at Tallinn University on the Future of Europe.
President Tajani stated:
“We are off to a good start with Prime Minister Ratas and his government and share the priorities of the upcoming Estonian presidency. We need to fight terrorism, securing external borders, managing migration, looking in particular to what is happening in Africa.
We have underscored our concerns over youth unemployment. We feel that digitalisation can make Europe more competitive, from SMEs to large companies. Digitalisation is the future and the Digital Single Market represents an extraordinary opportunity. We are therefore delighted that Estonian presidency has made it a priority. Nevertheless, digitalisation also means training and not only of our youth.
We will also tackle climate change. For us it is extraordinarily important and supporting the real economy while ensuring environmental sustainability is possible. In fact, there are great opportunities to be seized in the green economy.
Thanks to the Estonian Presidency’s agenda, we are moving forward on the implementation of the Rome Declaration and the future of Europe, including the European Defence Fund.
I am satisfied with the way our partnership has started and I believe that things will go well over the next few months. We will do our utmost in order to ensure that Estonia’s presidency, its first, can become a real success not only for Estonia them but for the entire European Union.”