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President Kaljulaid met with the President of Germany

President Kaljulaid met with the President of Germany © Office of the President

13.09.2018

President Kaljulaid met today in Latvia with the President of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, to discuss the countries’ mutual relations, the challenges faced by the European Union and developments in Georgia and Ukraine.

The Estonian Head of State expressed her pleasure with the fact that Germany has started to discuss the opportunity of implementing PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) for the redistribution of funds earmarked for defence expenditures within the European Union. “The redistribution of money is something that the European Union knows well and such a system would help to tackle problems resulting from accelerating inflation within the military industry,” added President Kaljulaid.

A longer discussion evolved around the developments in Ukraine and Georgia – both President Kaljulaid and President Steinmeier made a visit to Ukraine in May of this year and the Estonian Head of State returned today from a work visit to Tbilisi and will today embark upon a work visit to Ukraine. According to President Kaljulaid, it is important to support civic society in both Georgia and Ukraine and help these countries in fighting corruption to assist with their closer integration with Europe.

Bilateral relations between Estonia and Germany, the future of the European Union, freedom of the press, the effect of social media on elections and society on general, and energy security were also discussed at the meeting.