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President Kaljulaid in Berlin discussed the options available for digital cooperation and the situation in Ukraine with Chancellor Merkel

   President Kaljulaid in Berlin discussed the options available for digital cooperation and the situation in Ukraine with Chancellor Merkel © Office of the President

04.06.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on a work visit to Germany today, met in Berlin with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. The meeting focused on e-governance, digital cooperation and recent developments in Ukraine.

“Estonia’s experience in building up an e-state and implementation of e-governance is something still of interest both in Europe and beyond. Our e-state extends beyond our geographic or economic indicators would allow,” said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

She emphasised that for the purposes of the generation of joint solutions and achieving wide-based applications both the creation of a promising legal space and cooperation between public and private sector are important. The Head of State also emphasised the need to offer people secure knowledge that their data will be protected better in an e-state that in the paper world.

When discussing Ukraine, both Kaljulaid and Merkel emphasised the continued importance of progress towards Europe and the need to apply Normandy format solutions to get the conflict resolved. “We must use our Eastern Partnership Programme to communicate a clear signal that we can move further from partnership, once the country has made sufficient progress and is successful in its reforms,” said Kaljulaid at the meeting. 

At the meeting, President Kaljulaid also raised some issues related to the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and stressed the need to remain true to the core values, regardless of the cooperation format.

The President of the Republic is on a visit to Germany today. Tomorrow she will proceed to Slovenia for a work visit, where she will participate in the so-called Three Seas Initiative, which will bring the heads of state of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czechia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria and Croatia around the same table. On Thursday, the work visit will take the Head of State to the United States of America where she will take part in events related to the election of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

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