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Estonia’s Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand Met With EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

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Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand met with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

On Tuesday, November 17 Foreign Minister Kaljurand met in Brussels with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, with whom she discussed developments in the Eastern Partnership countries and trade relations with Ukraine.

Both Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand acknowledged that it is extremely important, in light of the current crises and difficult debates, that the European Union’s relations with countries of the Eastern Partnership must continue to be on the agenda.

According to Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, it is important that the countries be approached on the basis of their own ambitions. “We must support those who struggle to integrate with the European Union and make concrete progress,” Kaljurand said.

Speaking on the subject of trade relations between the European Union and Ukraine, the European Union’s Trade Commissioner Malmström and Foreign Minister Kaljurand agree that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine must be temporarily implemented as of January 1, 2016.

According to Kaljurand, the intervention of third countries and threats that implementing DCFTA will result in counter-measures being taken are unfortunate phenomena.

Georgia’s and Ukraine’s possible visa-free regime with the European Union was also discussed at the meeting.

Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand estimates that both countries have made efforts to fulfill the requirements of the roadmap to visa liberalisation. “We expect the efforts of Georgia and Ukraine so far to be recognized by the European Commission,” Kaljurand said.

“The visa-free regime is an important message to those countries, that homework and reforms will bring tangible results,” the Foreign Minister added.

On the subject of the implementation of reforms in Eastern Partnership countries, Foreign Minister Kaljurand emphasized that Estonia has always offered its support and will continue to be ready to share its experience of reform.

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