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President Kaljulaid: Estonia and France speak for an optimistic Europe

President Kaljulaid: Estonia and France speak for an optimistic Europe © Photo: Annika Haas

30.06.2017

The President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid met with Edouard Philippe, the Prime Minister of France, in Kadriorg today.

The meeting focused on the future of the European Union, as well as security issues and IT-related cooperation between the two countries.

"The role of France in ensuring the security of NATO and the European Union cannot be overestimated. Even today, we have French soldiers on the ground here in Tapa, Estonia. This is important to us, but it is also important for the security and coherence of NATO as a whole," said President Kaljulaid at the meeting with the French Prime Minister, and she thanked the French for their contribution to creating a more secure world. President Kaljulaid agreed that Europe must take care of the security of its citizens.

Both President Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Philippe expressed their optimism when speaking about the future of the European Union. "Our understanding of the European Union and its role in the development of our continent largely coincides. Yes, we both see places where the EU could work better, but we are both optimistic about the future of the unified Europe – if something does not work, it has to be fixed. In this regard, we are probably among the most optimistic European spokespersons," said the Head of State after the meeting.

The meeting also touched upon IT-related cooperation between the two countries and how to exchange experience in this area. The French Prime Minister was interested in our success story in building a digital society and developing e-services.

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