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President Kaljulaid met with Tusk and Juncker at Kadriorg

President Kersti Kaljulaid kohtus Kadriorus Euroopa Ülemkogu eesistuja Donald Tuskiga
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council
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01.07.2017

The President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, met with Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, in Kadriorg this morning. The meetings focused on Estonia's priorities for our presidency of the EU Council as well as digital development, the migration crisis and security issues.

At the meeting with EU President Tusk, both Kaljulaid and Tusk admitted that migration is likely to become one of the major issues that the European Union will face during our presidency. "With regard to migration issues, the Member States need to be honest with each other and recognise that accepted refugees may not necessarily stay in the countries in which they were originally placed. This is why solving this crisis is a matter of solidarity and joint action," said President Kaljulaid.

In addition, Kaljulaid and Tusk devoted a great deal of time to digital topics. "All our partners put great expectations on Tiger's Leap in all EU digital fields under the Estonian presidency. I myself hope that we will be able to change the attitudes in the first place, and that this leap will be more philosophical than technological. Certainly, cyber hygiene will be one of the topics that we will focus on," said the Head of State.

The meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker focused on the future of Europe and the European Union. Both of them admitted that the attitude towards the European Union has gradually become more positive again. The Head of State expressed the hope that in the future our presidency will be seen as the time when the ice began to thaw and people's faith in the European Union was restored.

The meeting also discussed the security situation and the current state of large infrastructure projects. President Juncker was interested in Rail Baltic as well as the desynchronisation of the Estonian electricity networks from Russian networks. In speaking about the financing of cross-border transport networks, Juncker said that he believes that we can be sure that the funding remains a priority.

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