Kallas: 2008 Crisis Accelerated EU Economic Cooperation ({{commentsTotal}})

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Speaking on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of Estonia's EU referendum, European Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas, said that the union has made great strides in tightening economic cooperation since the 2008 crisis.

“[...] after the 2008 economic crisis, the European Union bulldozed forward towards greater economic cooperation. Many things have been accomplished that people were previously afraid to even talk about,” Kallas said in an ETV interview today.

Kallas said the other main talking point from the last ten years is the union's position in the global economy.

Many have said that the EU has lost ground in the world, Kallas said. He countered that the union is still a great economic force and has recently increased its share in world trade.

Ten years ago tomorrow, Estonians voted to join the EU. Kallas said that had they not joined then, such a move would be far harder today, as the mentality in the organization is one of non-expansion.