Tallinn, Stenbock House, 18 October 2017 – Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be travelling to Brussels today in order to participate in the Tripartite Social Summit, in which the heads of European Union institutions and European employers and employee representatives will be discussing how to shape the future of Europe by strengthening the resilience and promoting economic and social progress for all.
The summit is comprised of three subtopics: the social dimension of Europe, involvement of social partners in policies and reforms at the national level, and investing in learning in a digital economy and society. The discussion of each topic will be led by one of the consecutive holders of the presidency of the Council of the European Union, i.e. ministers from Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. Discussion of the social dimension of Europe is being led by Estonia, by Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski.
Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, i.e. 19 and 20 October, Prime Minister Ratas will be participating in the European Council, where he will be presenting an overview of the results of Tallinn’s Digital Summit. ‘I am pleased that I will be able to meet with my colleagues only three weeks after the Tallinn Digital Summit, so that we can continue forge ahead with a topic that is of the utmost importance to the future of Europe. I am convinced that we share the common desire to improve the lives of our people and companies and to make the vision of a digital Europe a reality’, said Prime Minister Ratas.
In addition, on the first day the Council will be discussing migration, defence cooperation and the external relations of the European Union, above all relations with Turkey. Heads of state and government will be discussing whether the countries under the greatest pressure from migration require additional assistance and how to strengthen cooperation with international aid organisations as well as with countries of origin and transit in migration.
Before lunch on Friday, the second day of the Council, leaders of the 27 Member States will receive an overview of the progress in the negotiations for the exiting of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and discuss the future of the European Union.
Prime Minister Ratas will be back in Estonia on Friday evening.