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Estonia Hails Decision to Present OECD Accession Invitations to Latvia and Colombia


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Today Foreign Minister Urmas Paet participated in the 52nd Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where matters related to the further enlargement of the organisation were discussed. “This year accession invitations will be presented to Latvia and Colombia, and in 2015 we hope to invite Costa Rica and Lithuania to accession negotiations,” Paet said.

Foreign Minister Paet said that it is in Estonia’s interests for all our neighbours to have the opportunity to participate in the work of the OECD and benefit from the OECD’s recommendations for the better implementation of policies, which in turn help to boost quality of life. “Therefore Estonia has been a strong supporter of Latvia and Lithuania’s candidacies, and we are pleased that both countries are welcome to join the OECD member states in the future,” Paet noted.

During their meeting, the ministers also spoke about matters related to Russia’s candidacy. Russia was invited to start accession negotiations with the OECD in 2007 along with Estonia, Chile, Israel, and Slovenia, but its accession process is still ongoing. “The OECD expects aspiring countries to adopt and follow OECD standards. Fulfilling the principle of rule of law is also an important factor,” said the Estonian foreign minister.

The chairman of the 52nd OECD Ministerial Meeting taking place in Paris from 29-30 May is Norway, with Estonia and Australia as co-chairmen.

Today Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will give a statement on development co-operation within the framework of the meeting. The Estonian foreign minister will also meet in Paris with German Minister for Economics and Technology Philipp Rösler.

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