Tallinn, Stenbock House, 14 December 2017 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will travel to Brussels to participate in the last meeting of the European Council within the period of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, i.e. the meeting of the European heads of state or government.
“The Council will tackle two important issues this time: tightening defence and security policy, as well as financing migration policy and cooperating with the countries of origin. We will also discuss how to reduce the gender pay gap, support the development of employees’ skills, and strengthen the Erasmus+ programme, which supports learning mobility in Europe and cooperation between universities. Tomorrow, we will focus on the future of the eurozone and the progress of the Brexit negotiations,” Prime Minister Ratas explained.
This morning, the Prime Minister will summarise the digital agenda of the Estonian Presidency at the seminar organised by the Estonian Presidency team together with the Centre for European Policy Studies.
Before the meeting of the European Council, the Prime Minister will, as usual, meet with his Baltic colleagues and the heads of government of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. Additionally, as the representative of the Presidency of the EU, Ratas, on behalf of 28 Member States, will approve the priorities of the legislation of the European Union for the next two years with a joint declaration along with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.
This evening, European leaders will formally approve the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) on tightening defence and security policy in the European Union. General Riho Terras, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, will speak on behalf of the Member States.
Estonia hands the Presidency over to Bulgaria in the end of the year. Tomorrow morning, Prime Minister Ratas will meet his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov to discuss the results and progress during the Estonian Presidency.
The Prime Minister will return to Estonia tomorrow evening.