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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Decisions Must Be Made For Future of Europe

17.10.2012

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In Luxembourg at the discussion on the report by the Future of Europe Group, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that currently the most relevant topic to discuss is how to enhance and improve the co-ordination of economic and fiscal policies among the European Union member states during the ongoing debt crisis. “We feel that it is necessary to delegate member states’ future decision-making rights to the EU to some extent and to strengthen EU institutions in the economic and fiscal policy sectors,” he said.

Paet said that there are also many areas in which forward progress can be made without changing the European Union legal area. “In order to develop the European common market, including the digital common market, there are no obstacles other than lack of willingness. We must move forward with developing the common energy policy and foreign and security policies. This requires no new agreements,” he added.

Estonia agrees with the report’s stance that the European Union’s actions in the global arena should be made more effective. Foreign Minister Paet noted that we have always supported the better co-ordination of the European Union’s foreign activities and a strong European foreign service. “Estonia also supports strengthening defence co-operation within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy,” he added.

Paet said that the joint report of the European Union foreign ministers puts forth thoughts and proposals for further developing the European Union’s integration processes and the report is one of many sources of ideas within the current debate over the future of the European Union.


Additional information:
Helen Ennok, press spokesperson
Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
+32 474 98 16 57

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