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Estonia expects strong messages from the European Council on energy security, the Eastern Partnership and sanctions


Today’s European Union General Affairs Council was preparing for the European Council taking place on March 19th and 20th. According to the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU, Ambassador Matti Maasikas, who represented Estonia at the meeting, the main topic of discussion at this week's European Council will be Europe’s energy union. The situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia will also be discussed, as well as the Eastern Partnership Summit taking place in Riga on May 20th and 21st.

Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU Matti Maasikas, representing Estonia at the meeting, said the debate on energy issues is based on the Framework Strategy for an Energy Union and Climate Change Policy adopted this past February, the five main areas of which are: energy security, a unified energy market, energy efficiency, climate policy and research and development activity. According to Maasikas, the European Council discussion of energy issues will focus on energy security and the internal energy market. “All five dimensions are essential in the construction of a single energy market. But for us, it is important that in the energy debate, energy security and supply insurance issues will be the priorities of discussion,” ambassador Maasikas said. He also said it is worth highlighting that attention is also being paid to the development of European gas markets, to ensure a well-functioning internal energy market and energy security.

According to ambassador Matti Maasikas, Estonia hopes that during the discussion over the situation in Russia and Ukraine, the heads of state and governments at the European Council will reach a unified position concerning the fact that further sanctions policy and the full implementation of the agreements of the Minsk process are linked. “We need a common EU position regarding the fact that sanctions continue until all the requirements of the Minsk agreements have been met,” Matti Maasikas said.

Matti Maasikas confirmed that preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on May 21st and 22nd will also be discussed at the European Council. Ambassador Maasikas said that the Eastern Partners are hoping for concrete steps from the European Union to intensify the partnership and also for strong messages from the Riga Summit. “It would be responsible and forward-thinking of us to meet those countries halfway, who have made efforts in the name of achieving a European perspective and have advanced in their progress,” Maasikas said.

Additional information:
Marika Post
Press Spokesperson, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
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