Stenbock House, Tallinn, 3 June 2018 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with his Polish colleague Mateusz Morawiecki. The main subjects of discussion were the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity systems with Europe through Poland and the budget of the European Union for 2021–2027.
“Disconnecting the electricity systems of Estonia, of all three of the Baltic states, from Russia and synchronising them with Europe must provide a security of supply for all our consumers. This is a very important subject of energy security,” Ratas emphasised.
There are three possible solutions today for integrating the Baltic electricity systems with Europe through Poland: two lines of alternating current, one line of alternating current, or one line of alternating current with a direct current connection. Research will be complete in June, clarifying the most suitable solution. “The best solution for Estonia is one that would not bring about additional fixed costs and would ensure a high security of supply for a long time,” Ratas noted.
One of the most complicated topics of the next six months will be the budget of the European Union for 2021–2027. ’During the next budget period, Estonia will still gain from the European Union significantly more than what we contribute to the common budget. Estonia and the European Commission agree on many important topics, but we have also taken different stands. We are not satisfied with the decrease in the funding of the cohesion policy and agricultural policy, although the Commission has already partially taken our interests into account and the downturn is smoother than expected,’ Ratas said.
The prime ministers also discussed the NATO summit on 11–12 July and transatlantic relations.
Ratas said that he is hoping to see a strong and unified Alliance at the NATO summit, where Allies share responsibilities. “The faster moving of reinforcements and a greater preparedness of the forces is also an important subject for Estonia,” Ratas said and added that the U.S. being present in Poland is a good thing and that they should have larger forces in the Baltic States, too.
This evening, Māris Kučinskis, the Prime Minister of Latvia, and Saulius Skvernelis, the Prime Minister of Lithuania, will arrive in Tallinn. The leaders of the Baltic States and Poland will travel to Tabasalu, where they will plant oak trees in honour of the centenary of Estonia. After that, the prime ministers will be shown the progress made on the construction of the new building of the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa.
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