New Head of European Commission Must Focus on Economic Growth, Says Rõivas ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said anyone elected to lead the European Commission must name economic growth as the priority.

“Our citizens mostly expect pro-European parties to focus on economic growth and job creation. Both depend on the functioning of a single market,” said Rõivas, adding that a free-trade agreement with the United States is very important for the creation of a truly united common market by 2020.

Besides economic growth, Rõivas said all candidates for the EU's top job must understand the importance of security and stability in Europe and neighboring areas.

Rõivas was recently in Brussels, attending a unofficial gathering of government heads of EU member states, where European Parliament elections and the subsequent Commission shake-up were discussed.

Ukraine was also on the agenda. The heads of state called on Russia to cooperate with the new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who won Sunday's election and avoided a runoff, and continue pulling forces back from the border.