Oslo, Norway, 30 October 2018 – yesterday evening, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg met in Oslo to discuss European security and possibilities for a practical digital cooperation.
Discussing the NATO-led military exercise Trident Juncture in Norway, Ratas stated that the security situation in Europe has notably exacerbated in the last years. “Trident Juncture is an extremely important exercise that brings together all 29 members of NATO, as well as our partners Finland and Sweden. The exercise shows our cooperation capabilities and deterrence. NATO is strong and unified,” Ratas said. According to the prime minister, it is especially important to Estonia that the exercise includes moving forces through Europe.
In the meeting, Ratas acknowledged Estonian and Norwegian cooperation in the Eastern Partnership. Last year, during the Estonian Presidency of the European Union and before the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, Estonia and Norway conducted a conference on the subject of the European countries’ image in Russian media. They presented the results of a media study, co-funded by Estonia and Norway, that have later been used as a valuable teaching material in training Ukrainian and Georgian journalists.
Ratas assured to Solberg that Estonia is willing to conduct similar cooperation in a cross-border data exchange with Finland. “We have offered Norway our X-road solution,” the prime minister said.
Today, Ratas will participate in the Northern Future Forum discussion on health technologies along with the leaders of other Nordic countries, the Baltic states, and the United Kingdom. Their objective is to include specialists into the discussion on uniting the digital ideas and experiences of all nine countries to offer better health services for our people in the future.
At the Northern Future Forum, Prime Minister Ratas is accompanied by Tõnu Esko from the Estonian Genome Centre, Priit Kruus from Dermtest, and Priit Tohver from the Ministry of Social Affairs. The event is broadcasted live on the Norwegian government web page at https://www.regjeringen.no/no/aktuelt/northern-future-forum/id2616951/
Photographs of the Norwegian and Estonian prime ministers’ meeting (Government Communication Unit): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n444ya5gc2sp68g/AAALi2uU6KKoQfH5vwRDHCkqa?dl=0
Official photographs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/statsministerenskontor/albums/72157699725987652