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President Tajani calls for legislative initiative and ambitious digital education after meeting with Estonian PM, Jüri Ratas, in framework of Future of Europe debates

Press Release

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, received the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, today in Strasbourg. The meeting took place in the framework of President Tajani's initiative to invite EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary.


Following Prime Minister Ratas’ address, President Tajani stated:

“I thank Prime Minister Ratas for his close cooperation with the European Parliament, especially during his country’s EU Council presidency. We are at the heart of European democracy and to make Europe less bureaucratic, decisions have to be taken closer to the people. It is why I will continue to push for the European Parliament to be able to initiate legislation.

“Estonia is leading by example on tapping into the benefits of digitalisation. The rest of Europe can do better, but massive improvements in education and infrastructure across are needed. To this end, I call on the European Commission to deliver an ambitious budget in its next multiannual financial framework that helps to create quality, next-generation jobs for our citizens.”

Click here to watch the debate and here for the joint press statement.



Heads of state and government from Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Greece have already debated with MEPs in plenary.

The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, will speak on 23 October; German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will address the plenary on 13 November and Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark in the second session in November; Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, in December; and Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, and Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipilä, in January next year.

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