Prime Minister Rõivas discussed economic and financial issues with the Vice-President of the European Commission

22.12.2014 | 14:09

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Stenbock House, 22 December 2014 – Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met with European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis in the Stenbock House today.

Prime Minister Rõivas said that Estonia agrees with the Annual Growth Survey published by the new European Commission proposing three main pillars in pursuing an economic and social policy.

“Estonia also considers boosting investments, carrying out structural reforms and fiscal sustainability to be of key importance in strengthening the sustainable development of the economy and the competitiveness of the European Union,” Rõivas said.
Last week, the Prime Minister recognised the European Council meeting where an agreement in principle was reached on the Strategic Investment Plan of the European Union.

“Estonia generally supports the Investment Plan proposed by the Commission,” Rõivas said. “However, it is also important that we do not jeopardise or hamper already agreed investment plans and the implementation of projects such as Rail Baltic.”
During his meeting with Dombrovskis, Prime Minister Rõivas also addressed the subject of developing customs information systems. The European Union Customs Union is regularly developing existing and new customs information systems requiring extensive resources. Prime Minister Rõivas expressed his opinion by stating that developing necessary IT solutions separately in each Member State is too costly and therefore unreasonable.
“In the view of Estonia, developing and managing IT solutions on European Union level would significantly help save costs and offer a uniform quality of services across the European Union. “Extending the mandate and resources of the EU Agency for large-scale IT systems (eu-LISA) located in Tallinn should therefore be considered.”

Valdis Dombrovskis recognised the idea and suggested further working towards achieving the goal.
Rõivas and Dombrovskis also welcomed Lithuania’s upcoming joining of the euro area. Lithuania will be adopting the euro 1 January 2015.

Photos from the meeting can be seen here:

Government Communication Unit