Prime minister participates in European Council and IGC

10.12.2003 | 00:00

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Tallinn, Stenbock House 10 December 2003 Prime Minister Parts will travel to Brussels tomorrow to attend the European Council and Intergovernmental Conference. Tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Estonian time, Parts will participate, on the invitation of the Finnish prime minister, in the traditional meeting of Nordic and Baltic prime ministers to exchange information and discuss their positions before the European Council and IGC; the meeting will take place at the Finnish permanent delegation to the EU. The Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian prime ministers will participate. On Friday morning the European Council -- heads of state and government, foreign ministers, ministers of economic affairs and finance of the Member States and acceding states -- will gather to discuss economic issues (European growth action), internal and legal issues, enlargement matters, and various foreign policy topics. For more information see: 12/12/ev_12dicCE.htm A session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), preparing the EU constitutional treaty, will start at 6 o´clock p.m. Estonian time on Friday. The session will continue into Saturday at least. For more information see: 12/12/ev_12dicCIG.htm The Estonian delegation is led by Prime Minister Parts; the delegation also includes Foreign Minister Kristiina Ojuland, Minister of Finance Taavi Veskimägi, Estonia´s permanent representative to the EU Ambassador Väino Reinart, Government Advisor and Director of EU Affairs Henrik Hololei, and other officials. The press representatives of the delegation are Government Spokeswoman Hanna Hinrikus (+372 51 85427) and Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Ehtel Halliste (+372 50 94 645). The delegation will return to Estonia on Sunday night, unless changes are made in the agenda. Government Press Office Phone 693 5792, 693 5706

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