Estonian Foreign Minister Mikser: ambitious goals must be set for the EU’s Eastern Partnership summit
Foreign Minister Sven Mikser represented the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU at a meeting of the Visegrad countries and Eastern Partnership states in Budapest on August 31, where he stressed the importance of EU Neighbourhood topics and gave an overview of preparations for this autumn’s Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels.
Mikser reaffirmed that the Eastern Partnership was a definite priority for the Estonian Presidency. “It’s a very valuable format which promotes dialogue and cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries,” he said. Mikser said that besides the current crises – migration, international conflicts and radicalism – we have to reserve a permanent place on the agenda for developments to the east of the EU’s external borders. “We can’t forget that a stable neighbourhood is in the interests of the European Union’s own stability and security,” Mikser said.
Mikser also provided an overview of preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit, which is take place in November in Brussels. “We are expecting a strong message from the summit, one that will emphasise our friendship, cooperation„ and specific future steps.” Mikser said it was important to set ambitious goals to buoy Eastern partners’ enthusiasm for reforming their countries and societies.
“Naturally, we have to take into account that each of the partners is unique and that they have different desires and ambitions with regard to integrating with the EU,” he said. “We must take a personalised approach to each partner country but ensure that the partnership will meet the expectations of both the partners themselves and the EU member states,” he added.
Mikser also emphasised the digital dimension in cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries and briefed meeting participants on additional events related to Eastern Partnership taking place during the Estonian Presidency.
[Source: Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs -/- Media Relations]
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