Today, the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs in the Toompea Castle.The topics of the meeting included EU development policy and Estonia’s contribution thereto.
According to Ergma, Estonia contributes over two thirds of its development cooperation resources in the form of payments into the EU budget, which shows that the EU development policy is of major importance to Estonia’s development cooperation.“Estonia is a small donor, but through the EU we are also represented in states and regions where we are not engaged in any bilateral activities on our own.”
Pielbags thanked Estonia for its contribution to EU development cooperation, all the while encouraging increased contributions in line with future improvement of the economic situation. Pielbags also presented the recently published Green Book on EU development policy. This accords increasing importance to supporting economic growth in developing countries.EC is planning to adopt specific recommendations for changing EU common development policy at the beginning of next year.
The Riigikogu Press Service
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