Prime Minister Ratas discussed the Presidency work plan with President Juncker

Jul 03
Created: 03 July 2017

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas discussed with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker how to make substantial progress, in cooperation with the European Commission, in the key issues highlighted in the programme of the Estonian Presidency, including the free movement of data and renewing the strategy on cybersecurity. 

"Yesterday, we celebrated with the Estonian people the start of our first Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This gave us the positive energy to take on this great responsibility, which we will carry out over the next six months, " said Prime Minister Ratas.

"In the beginning of May, President Juncker said that he expects the Estonian Presidency to make substantial progress especially in digital themes. The free movement of data is a precondition for the Digital Single Market," said Prime Minister Ratas. "To enable the free movement of data in Europe, trust and security need to be increased. To this end, we need to focus also on cybersecurity issues.

" Prime Minister Ratas and President of the European Commission Juncker also discussed social and defence policy issues, which are priority areas both for Estonia and the European Commission. Prime Minister Ratas thanked President Juncker for his support to and cooperation in the preparations of the Estonian Presidency.