Today and tomorrow, Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Toomas Vitsut hosts his Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish colleagues in Tallinn. They plan to discuss the issues relating to Brexit, transatlantic trade relations and the next multiannual financial framework of the European Union.
Vitsut emphasised that the cooperation between the three Baltic States and Poland is of great importance, and therefore regular meetings are held. “We will discuss with our colleagues in Tallinn what our common interests in the EU are and how to defend them better in the situation where one important member state is leaving the Union, but the conditions for withdrawal have not been finally agreed upon yet,” Vitsut said.
Vitsut pointed out that in the coming years, especially close cooperation would be needed to implement several important joint projects, which help to connect us with Europe and, through it, improve the people’s lives, the business environment and security.
“One of these project is Rail Baltic, for which we have to stand together at the negotiations on the new financial perspective of the EU, so that the trains would move by 2026,” the Chairman of the EU Affairs committee said. As another example, he mentioned the synchronisation of the Baltic power systems with the systems of continental Europe in order to ensure the energy security of the Baltic States and modernise their power networks. These are cross-border projects that will be financed from the financial network of the EU.
The discussion on the issues relating to Brexit, which will be held at the Riigikogu on Monday, will be opened by Undersecretary of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Matti Maasikas. Nele Eichhorn, member of Cabinet of Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, will give an overview of the trade relations between the EU and the USA. The discussion on the multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027 will be opened by Head of the European Commission Representation in Estonia Keit Kasemets.
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