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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: European Union Must Develop Taking Full Advantage of Its Current Legal Space


No 424-E

At a discussion on the future of the European Union in Brussels today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that it is essential for the European Union to progress quickly in those sectors that do not require rapid changes to be made in their founding treaties.

Paet stated that co-operation must be improved first and foremost on the basis of existing treaties. “Estonia prefers to make progress in such a way that does not require quick treaty changes and that could take place in the framework of existing EU law,” said Paet. “A lot can be done for the development of the internal market, especially in the area of services. Taking steps forward in the digital internal market, transportation, and the common energy market is important to Estonia,” he stated. “These are the key areas with the biggest growth potential in the internal market, and Estonia sees the need for stronger common policy,” emphasised the Estonian foreign minister. “The internal market in an important part of European integration and the well-being of our citizens is the greatest resource, which must be further developed and strengthened,” he added.

Regarding the European Union as a united power in the global arena, Paet said that the EU must be more consistent when talking about its interests with one voice and recognised many well-functioning external activities such as enlargement, trade, and development co-operation.

The discussion on the future of the European Union taking place in Brussels was called together by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

Additional information:
Helen Ennok
Press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
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