Prime Ministers of Baltic States met today in Tallinn

31.12.2007 | 10:51

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Tallinn, Stenbock House – 21 December 2007. Prime Minister Andrus Ansip met today with his Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts in order to celebrate the accession of the Baltic States to the Schengen visa area.

According to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip the preparations for accession have been successful owing to very good cooperation between the states which will certainly continue in order to ensure the security of the external border of the European Union.

According to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, the accession to the visa area is a historical event. “Today is important for all of Europe and in particular for us, the joining states,” Ansip said. According to him, the free movement of people is one of the main values of the European Union and inhabitants of the Baltic States can fully enjoy that freedom as of now.

Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis, who was today on his first foreign visit, stressed that the accession to the visa area also contributes to the development of economic relations of the Baltic States. According to him, the last of the obstacles to closer communication among people as well as to business has now been removed. “It might take some time before the meaningfulness of today’s event is perceived”.

Ansip and Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas congratulated Godmanis on his election as the Prime Minister and expressed the conviction that the relations – both political and economic – among Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would continue to be good-neighbourly, close and busy.

During the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Ansip and Prime Minister Godmanis, other matters relating to the economy and cooperation in the field of energy were also discussed, in order to secure supply security and national energy security. Both Estonia and Latvia consider diversification of energy sources as important in order to secure the independence of energy consumption.

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