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Ratas: Estonia supports Montenegro on their path to the European Union

10. March 2020 - 0:00

Stenbock House, 10 March 2020 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with the President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanović, to discuss transnational cooperation and to declare support for Montenegro and the Western Balkans in their endeavours to join the European Union.

“Estonia hopes that the accession of Montenegro to the European Union takes place as quickly and possible, and if so required, we are ready to share our reform experience in every way,” assured Prime Minister Jüri Ratas at the meeting. “In addition, we clearly support commencing accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Hopefully the Western Balkans will receive positive messages from the European Union shortly, during the Croatian presidency.”

“Montenegro’s future is important to us because Estonia was the first country to enter into diplomatic relations with them after they regained their independence in 2006,” said Ratas. He added that currently, the biggest opportunities for the development of cooperation in Estonia-Montenegro relations are in the fields of economy, education, the digital field and cyber defence. “We have been building our e-state for over 20 years, and it is an effective and transparent system that saves time, helps to promote the economy, and also fight corruption,” said Ratas. “We can also demonstrate excellent results in the OECD PISA tests and in the development of cyber defence. Of course, we are always eager to learn from the experience of others, which is why closer relations with Montenegro are very welcome.”

Ratas and Djukanović also discussed alliances, and Prime Minister Ratas thanked Montenegro for their decision to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, located in Tallinn. 22 NATO countries and 3 partner countries are involved with the Centre that was founded in 2008. In addition, Montenegro contributes to the security of our region in the NATO Battle Group in Latvia, within the Enhanced Forward Presence of the alliance.

Photos of the meeting: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stenbockimaja/albums/72157713435860827

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