President of the European Council Donald Tusk visited on Estonia on Friday. Meeting with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, the two discussed the challenges facing the EU following Brexit as well as Estonia's upcoming presidency of the EU. They also specifically discussed the upcoming extraordinary EU summit in Bratislava and Estonian security.
The main themes of Friday's meeting were security and the economy in the EU, which will also be discussed at the extraordinary summit in Bratislava.
According to Rõivas, there is interest in launching processes in Bratislava that would strengthen the EU's internal unity. The union's post-Brexit near future and critical next steps will likewise be discussed with the heads of government of the remaining 27 member states.
In Bratislava, Estonia will be guided by the position that common values, peace and stability as well as economic prosperity are a historic political achievement in a unified Europe which must be held and developed.
Tusk: The best and closest relationships must be mainedtained between the EU and the UK
Donald Tusk said that he understood Estonia's concerns regarding the UK's exit from the EU. "I know that the UK's departure from the EU is a shock for Estonia," ETV's nightly news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported Tusk as saying. "The UK has been a good ally on issues like free trade and the digital agenda, speak nothing of security policy.
"I am familiar with the issues raised concerning the UK's leading role in positioning troops in Estonia within the framework of NATO security measures," he continued. "I spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday and I can confirm to you that we share the position that the best and closest relationships must be maintained between the EU and the UK."
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla