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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

12. June 2018 - 18:00

Stenbock House, Tallinn, 12 June 2018 – Prime Minister Jüri Ratas welcomed King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands to the Stenbock House today.

King Willem-Alexander is visiting Estonia and the other Baltic countries to congratulate them on their 100 years of independence. Willem-Alexander is visiting Estonia for the second time; the last visit was 16 years ago and concentrated on IT collaborations.

At the meeting, Ratas said that he is happy that the co-operation between Estonia and the Netherlands is taking a clearer shape. Prime Minister assured King Willem-Alexander that in addition to the public sector, the Estonian IT industry and experts are willing to work with the Netherlands to develop a digital society.

Trade between the Netherlands and Estonia is increasing constantly. The Netherlands is the third largest foreign investor in Estonia and is in the top ten of our foreign trading partners. In comparison with the previous year, the total turnover of trade in goods increased by 14% in 2017 and reached 1.345 billion euros. “Our economic ties and business to business contacts are good but I still see unused potential here,” mentioned Ratas.

In addition, the prime minister and King Willem-Alexander talked about working together in the field of defence and security, particularly the possibilities of strengthening the fight against cyber-attacks and disinformation. “We are allies in NATO. The Netherlands is participating in the military exercises of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and has contributed to the defence of the Baltic airspace and to the NATO Force Integration Unit in Estonia. In addition, the Netherlands is our largest partner in defence procurements. Our partnership is excellent,” assured Ratas.

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