Ansip: Finland has greatly contributed to the Estonian success story

13.12.2007 | 15:01

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Finland, the University of Turku, 12 December 2007 – In his speech today at the University of Turku, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip stressed that good relations with Finland have greatly contributed to the Estonian success story.

According to Ansip, joining the Schengen area will create preconditions for the free movement of people, which will hopefully bring about closer relations in the field of economy and culture as well. As an example of great cooperation in the field of culture, the Prime Minister pointed out the year 2011, when Turku and Tallinn will share the title of the European Capital of Culture.

According to the Prime Minister, in economic cooperation between the countries, the development of the products that brought success to the region must be prioritised. For example, in the future, cross-border e-services could be provided in the region. “The future well-being of Estonia and other Nordic Countries is mainly based on flexibility and innovation,” Ansip stressed.

The Prime Minister also emphasised the importance of education in achieving success. “Knowledge-based products and services can be created on the basis of good education and professional skills,” he said. Ansip also called for even closer cooperation between Estonia and Finland in institutions of higher education and research.

When introducing the current economic situation in Estonia, the Prime Minister pointed out the growth potential in Estonia and stressed the relation of it to the growth of productivity. “The progress of Estonia depends on labour productivity and the export capacity of companies,” he said, and added that the development of our strengths must be focused on guaranteeing that we stay competitive in the world.

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