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Prime Minister Ratas to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican
Vatican, 9 February 2018 – today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be visiting Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He will also meet with the Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni in Rome to discuss the priorities of the European Union’s next long-term budget and migration issues.
The prime minister will talk to Pope Francis about the preparations for the pope’s visit to Estonia in autumn. “The pope last visited Estonia 25 years ago. It is a great honour that the next visit will take place during the centenary of Estonia. The people and government of Estonia are looking forward to the visit of the Holy Father,” said Ratas.
The meeting with Pope Francis and Cardinal Parolin will also focus on migration, preserving the language and culture of the native people, and human suffering in armed conflict areas.
The prime minister will return to Estonia tomorrow evening.
Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 May 2018 – “Today’s EU-Western Balkans summit was an important milestone. The last similar meeting took place fifteen years ago. We once again confirmed to our partners in the Western Balkans that the door to the European Union is open to them. This is our promise,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas after the summit.
Võru, 27 April 2018 – at today’s visit to Võru County, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expressed his hopes that the 3.2-million-euro South-East Estonia Programme agreed upon during the state budget strategy talks will help to boost the area’s business activities, increase employment and the availability of vital services and improve the welfare of the local reside