At today’s General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, the focus was on the meeting of the European Council taking place in two days, which will discuss migration, defence and security policy, employment, economic growth and competitiveness, external relations and a digital Europe.
Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas and Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel signed an agreement on housing data and information systems between the two countries, thereby creating the world’s first data embassy. The data embassy is expected to start work at the beginning of 2018.
Siim Kiisler, Minister for the Environment, participated in the meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union, which was held in Luxembourg, and led by Malta for the last time. The Minister gave an overview of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency.
At today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, the main topics discussed were EU-NATO cooperation, the fight against terrorism, migration, the EU Global Strategy, the situation in Iraq, and the Gulf crisis. Shortly after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, the Eastern Partnership foreign ministers’ meeting took place to further strengthen cooperation.
At his meeting with the President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas emphasised the need to preserve the unity of the European Union and to focus on the values and aims that unite people, rather than the differences.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said at the meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel that a safe and successful Europe is in the interest of both countries, and this can be strengthened by a unified, strong and economically successful European Union.