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Head of State at security conference: the budget of the European Union has to match the changed circumstances

"The euro and the refugee crisis together with the changed security situation are difficulties that contribute to the development of the European Union. We shall not retreat. Coping with the challenges that Europe is facing will demonstrate the ability of the Member States to stick to the values they established together. Development will inevitably assume financial resources and the budgetary decisions of the European Union have to match the changed circumstances," said President Kersti Kaljulaid in Bratislava, at Globsec, the most representative security forum in Central Europe.

"The European Union must keep on moving forward, renewing and developing. It is not the speed of this that counts but the unified movement of all the Member States towards the common goals," said President Kaljulaid. She added that the budget of the European Union must be based on the main goals, and agreements should be made to channels funds into related fields.

According to the Head of State, the European Union must contribute more than ever to the establishment of a digital common market and also become more digital in many other spheres. "Digital society is the society of the future. This will allow states to exchange information in real time, which holds key importance today, for the purposes of security," added President Kaljulaid.

President Kaljulaid participated, at the invitation of the organises, in a Globsec security forum panel on the future of Europe with the Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kažimir, former Polish Prime Minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, the Director of the Delors Institute, Yves Bertoncini, and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok.

Globsec brings together important public opinion-makers on European foreign and security policy, politicians and representatives of think tanks, and it is the best represented Central-European security forum.

Website of the Globsec security forum: http://www.globsec.org/

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