Bucharest, 26 November 2013 – Today in Bucharest, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip attended a summit of China and Central and Eastern European countries. Sixteen heads of government of Central and Eastern European countries agreed that there was still room for development and more active cooperation between their region and China.
When discussing the developments in the European Union, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said that the European economy had returned to growth. “Confidence in the euro area has been restored and this warrants some optimism about the future,” said the Prime Minister, adding that Latvia is in the process of joining the euro area and expressing hope that Lithuania would follow suit soon.
Prime Minister Ansip confirmed that Estonia was interested in strengthening economic cooperation in different areas, such as tourism and trade.
The Prime Minister also supported starting negotiations on an investment agreement between the European Union and China. “The agreement will provide a solid basis for cooperation and facilitate trade and investments,” Mr Ansip said, adding that growing mutual economic interdependence was a fact and agreements would create a transparent basis for such cooperation.
According to the Prime Minister, cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe will complement the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, which was unveiled at the China-EU summit last week.
Mr Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People\'s Republic of China, confirmed China’s interest in large-scale infrastructure projects in Europe that would enhance trade between the European Union and China. He also pointed out that China was interested in agriculture and R&D.
This was the second meeting of the Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European countries. The first cooperation summit was held in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, in 2011.