Rõivas on the eve of the European Council: The UK remaining in the EU is in the interests of all parties

18.12.2015 | 16:21

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Brussels, 17 December 2015 - Prime Minister Rõivas said on the eve of the European Council that the focus of the meeting is to relieve migratory pressures and take one more step towards decisions that would encourage the UK to remain in the European Union.

According to Rõivas, in order to relieve migratory pressures while maintaining the Schengen area, it is important to proceed with strengthening the external borders of Europe. ‘Free movement within the Schengen area is a benefit we take for granted. However, we must take more robust action too, including moving forward with the European border protection package,’ said Rõivas.

According to Rõivas, this European Council will be the first in-depth political discussion about the UK’s referendum and the terms of Britain's membership.

‘We are only at the outset of negotiations and the free movement of people is expected to be the item that will rouse the strongest passions,’ said Rõivas. ‘The UK staying in the EU is in the interests of both the UK itself and the EU, including Estonia.’

‘In fact, the British debate actually focuses on one of Europe’s fundamental freedoms – free movement and the principle of equal treatment – which must not be relinquished. The possible solutions require enormous effort and creativity from all of us, in particular from London,’ stated Rõivas.

The European council will also adopt conclusions on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union, the fight against terrorism, the Single Market, the Energy Union and outcomes of the climate conference.

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