Finnish, Estonian PMs: Economic ties are unique ({{commentsTotal}})

The government heads of Estonia and Finland met in Tallinn on Tuesday, saying the economic bonds between the two nations are unique, but there is room for growth and previous cooperation projects will continue.

Juha Sipilä, the newly appointed Finnish Prime Minister, said that Finland wants to move ahead with the unification of the two nation's e-signatures.

Taavi Rõivas, his Estonian counterpart, said the three main areas of cooperation are tourism, IT and energy.

The two said Estonia and Finland have the similar positions on the majority of questions, although NATO membership is not one of them. “Our mentality towards NATO has remained the same, meaning that Finland has no plans to join the NATO. We leave the decision open for the next generations,” Sipilä said.

Speaking on the migrant quota system, Sipilä said Finland is yet to announce its official standpoint, but it is likely to head the same path as Estonia, which rejected forced quotas.

In a separate interview with ETV, Sipilä said the economic situation in Finland is dire and the nation must push through austerity measures on one hand and adapt and reform on the other hand, as well as allocating funds for education and renewable energy.

On security and Russia, Sipilä said that Finland will remain neutral, although it has backed the EU sanctions against Russia. He said that Finland is conducting a foreign and security policy study on the NATO topic. The last similar study was conducted 10 years ago.

Sipilä and Rõivas both recently took office. Sipilä took the post on May 29 and Rõivas was named PM on April 9 this year.

Editor: J.M. Laats