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Estonia Desires Profound Economic Co-operation With Eastern Partnership Countries

23.07.2013

No 247-E

The European Union must intensify its economic co-operation and strengthen its relations with its Eastern Partners, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said in Brussels at a meeting with the European Union foreign ministers and the foreign ministers of the Eastern Partnership countries.

Paet said that the summit between the European Union and its Eastern Partners Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus in Vilnius in November must result in stronger relations between the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries. “We must achieve more profound economic co-operation, which in the future would lead to the creation of a joint economic area between the European Union and its Eastern Partners,” Paet stated.

“Estonia would like for free trade agreement to be concluded with Ukraine and agreements to be initialled for Georgia, Moldova, and Armenia at the Vilnius summit,” said the foreign minister.  “After that, serious work must continue to implement the Ukraine agreement and achieve the signing of the Georgia, Moldova and Armenia agreements,” he noted.

Paet also emphasised that the successful implementation of the agreements by the Eastern Partners is of utmost importance. He also stated that it is essential to move forward rapidly with the visa facilitation process, with the ultimate goal of achieving a visa waiver.

Additional information:
Helen Ennok
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