Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Wednesday, discussing various issues, including disagreements over the candidate for the President of the European Commission.
According to Rõivas, he and Cameron agreed on the agenda of the European Union, but did not see eye to eye on José Manuel Barroso’s successor, the daily Eesti Päevaleht reported today.
Endorsing the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and former head of the Eurogroup Jean-Claude Juncker, Rõivas said he was aware of Cameron’s opposition to his candidacy, or rather, the automatic assumption that the parliament will present candidates and the European Council will then approve them. In a recent article, Cameron was highly critical of the process.
Rõivas said that although Estonia has endorsed Juncker, it also has doubts about the election procedure.
“Of course, we must understand the Brits. It is important for them that the United Kingdom continues to be in the European Union and their positions are taken into account,” Rõivas said, adding that the meeting was friendly despite disagreements.
The two leaders also discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Wales.