This morning, the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visited the organising team of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, getting an overview of plans and the progress of preparations.
Today’s General Affairs Council in Brussels focused mainly on preparations for the June meeting of the European Council. The European Council held shortly before the beginning of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will focus on migration and security, as well as issues related to employment and economic growth.
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and heads of political groups of the EP will visit Estonia in late May in connection with the forthcoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
“Securing peace in Europe has undoubtedly been the greatest achievement of the European Union. A few years ago, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to peace. Estonia has been a member of the European family for the past 13 years, and this privilege is highly valued by our citizens. Nearly four in five of the population of Estonia support EU membership.”
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas today presented the priorities and objectives of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to the Riigikogu. According to the Prime Minister, the most important objective of the Estonian Presidency is to maintain the strength and unity of the EU and to ensure that nobody feels rejected or excluded.
At today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels the main issues discussed were EU-Africa relations, the situation in the Horn of Africa, the Eastern Partnership and the EU Global Strategy in the area of security and defence.