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President Kaljulaid: The Three Seas Initiative has strengthened relations between Romania and Estonia

President Kaljulaid: The Three Seas Initiative has strengthened relations between Romania and Estonia © Mattias Tammet

17.06.2021

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today with President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis, who is on a state visit to Estonia, to discuss security matters, the Three Seas Initiative and defence, economic and digital cooperation.

President Kaljulaid highlighted the close cooperation between Estonia and Romania in the European Union, NATO, the UN and the Three Seas Initiative. “In recent years, cooperation between Estonia and Romania and communication between our countries and people have become much closer,” the head of state remarked. “One of the drivers of this has been the Three Seas Initiative, with which we are collectively seeking to turn the potential of Europe’s fastest-growing region in the energy, infrastructure and digital fields into economic growth. It also creates new possibilities for cooperation with our Eastern Partnership countries, with whom we share a common history. Ensuring functioning democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and freedom of speech in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia alike is the responsibility of Europe as a whole, including us.”

The presidents’ discussion on security topics focused on cooperation in NATO and ensuring sufficient deterrence capabilities. President Kaljulaid stressed the need for closer monitoring of developments in the Zapad military exercises just beyond Europe’s borders.

“Romania and Estonia also enjoy many opportunities for cooperation in the digital field, both in the private sector and at the state level,” said President Kaljulaid. “Many Estonian companies are already operating in Romania and Estonia is happy to share its experience in the digitalisation of society.”

The impact of the pandemic and the vaccination situation in Europe and beyond were also discussed during the meeting.

Tomorrow morning President Iohannis will meet with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and President of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas and lay a wreath at the foot of the Monument to the War of Independence. During the day, the Romanian head of state will also meet with Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart and visit the e-Estonia Briefing Centre and the HK Unicorn Squad’s school of robotics and technology for girls at the Rakett69 Science Studio.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Estonia and Romania and the 30th anniversary of their restoration.