The priorities of the Ministry of Rural Affairs during the presidency include the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), issues concerning agricultural markets and improvement of the position of agricultural producers in the food supply chain, combating antimicrobial resistance and focusing on agricultural soils.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas discussed the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, along with cooperation between the countries, also giving Estonian e-Residency to his counterpart at the meeting in Tallinn.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met in Lisbon with the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, as a preparatory foreign visit for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Besides the promotion of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency, the meeting focused on the European Neighbourhood Policy, enhancement of defence cooperation, the fight against terrorism, energy security, the Paris Agreement, and the digital single market.
At yesterday’s session of the European Parliament in Brussels, the Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas introduced the positions of the Council of the European Union on the new European Consensus on Development, resilience as a strategic priority of the EU external action, fight against anti-Semitism and the budget of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
At a meeting with the President of the European Parliament and the heads of political groups, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Cabinet members discussed the priorities of the Estonian Presidency and the cooperation throughout the second half of 2017.
At the international conference on e-Governance held in Tallinn, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas emphasised the importance of e-solutions to Estonian society, and signed an international memorandum on the better sharing of experience relating to the e-state.