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Head of State at the meeting with Mogherini: the European Union must become more confident

12.05.2017

This morning, President Kersti Kaljulaid met in Kadriorg with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The meeting focused on both the internal developments of the European Union and the role of the European Union in the world in general.

"The European Union must become internally stronger and more confident, as this will give our views more strength beyond the EU itself. Perhaps the EU is currently too focused on being useful to individual citizens of the EU; we should instead focus more on the common interests of the EU in general," said the President of the Republic.

The future of Europe, including strengthening defence-related co-operation and expansion, were discussed at the meeting. According to the Head of State, the door of the EU is open to all the liberal and democratic countries that share our values. "However, the goal and objective of efforts among these countries must be these values and not the benefits offered by the EU, as if in exchange. Only by doing so can the EU remain powerful and uniform," said President Kaljulaid.

In addition, President Kaljulaid and Mogherini discussed Estonia's upcoming EU Presidency, the situation in Syria and Ukraine and the role of Russia in these conflicts, as well as the relations between the EU and Africa. The issues of the Eastern Partnership were discussed in depth, as Estonia in its role within the Presidency of the EU will organise a summit on this matters in Brussels during the second half of the year.


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