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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will participate in a meeting of China and Central and Eastern European countries in Dubrovnik

11. April 2019 - 17:30

Today and tomorrow, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs, will participate in a meeting of China and Central and Eastern European countries in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the focus of which will be on developing economic and cultural relations.


“Above all, we see the cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries as a supplement to the broader sectoral cooperation between the European Union and China and the bilateral relations there,” said Prime Minister Ratas. “China is an important Asian trade partner to us and we are glad that more possibilities are opening up for Estonian entrepreneurs. The trade in goods between Estonia and China is constantly increasing and we are making ever closer connections in the areas of agriculture, tourism, and education.”


At the meeting, Estonia will sign the Salmoniformes protocol, which will allow Estonian companies to export their products to China. At the meeting, Estonia will sign a protocol that will allow Estonian companies to export their Salmoniformes to China.


“In 2016, China and Estonia signed the sprat and herring protocol. The signing of the Salmoniformes protocol is the next important step in opening the Chinese market for Estonian fish products,” said Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs.


Participants of the meeting include China, 12 Member States of the European Union (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Greece as a new member), and 5 countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia).


During last year’s meeting in Sofia, an action plan was signed to promote cooperation in agriculture, fisheries, and rural development in 2018–2022. In 2017, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications signed agreements with China on e-commerce and information cohesion as well as the Silk Road Initiative Memorandum, which will broaden opportunities for Estonian transport and logistics companies in the Chinese market.


While in Dubrovnik, Ratas will also meet with Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of China, and Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia.

Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, will take the stage at the Economic Forum, which will take place concurrently with the meeting, and Estonian entrepreneurs (Eesti Energia, Magnetic MRO, PRFoods, Port of Sillamäe) will be present as well.

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