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President Kaljulaid: we are in solidarity with Greece in solving the challenges related to migration

17.05.2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid said at the meeting with the President of Greece, Prokópis Pavlópoulos, that Estonia acknowledges and supports Greece in handling the challenges emerging from the south. The heads of state also discussed security, the future of the European Union and digital issues.

"We may be geographically located in different corners of Europe, but being partners in the European Union and allies in NATO we also know that the challenges we face, whether security or migration, can only be handled together. Greece has held the front line in the battle against illegal migration, and Estonia has contributed by both taking part in the activities of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and accepting people who need international protection," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

The Estonian Head of State added that she wishes to use her visit to Greece to share Estonia's digital experience and find opportunities for co-operation between the two countries. The visit of the President of Estonia to Greece serves an important symbolic purpose as the last official visit to Greece took place almost 20 years ago.

At the meeting with the Speaker of Greek Parliament, Nikolaus Voutsis, President Kaljulaid said that Greece has launched the introduction of important reforms to overcome economic difficulties. Estonia is happy to share its e-state experience and examples of successful co-operation between the public and private sector to ensure the running of an effective and democratic country, added the Estonian Head of State.

President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a two-day official visit to Greece. Tonight, the President will visit the centre for start-up companies, Orange Grove, where she will introduce our e-governance and digital society. On Friday, President Kaljulaid will meet with the Prime Minister of Greece, Aléxis Tsípras, and the leader of the opposition, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The Head of State will also pay a visit to the staff of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in the harbour of Piraeus and take part in the opening of an exhibition of cupolas of Estonian orthodox churches in the Byzantine Museum.

President Kersti Kaljulaid will be accompanied during her visit to Greece by the Minister of Interior, Andres Anvelt, members of the Parliament, Hanno Pevkur and Oudekki Loone, and Deputy Director General of the Police and Border Guard, Krista Aas, as well as one of the establishers of the software companies Mooncascade and Garage48.

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