Rõivas to discuss migration crisis and Greece in Brussels
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas is attending the European Council meeting on June 25-26, which will focus on the European migration plan and the situation concerning Greece.
According to Rõivas, Estonian diplomats and politicians have worked hard in the last few weeks to explain Estonia's position concerning the migration plan to other member states.
The prime minister said that Estonia understands that there is a crisis situation and is ready to show solidarity – to take in refugees and participate in the prevention of the activities of criminal groups and human traffickers.
But Rõivas added that he will work to keep the number of refugees accepted by Estonia within the limits that can be handled by the country.
"In order to make the adaptation of war refugees into Estonian society as smooth as possible and to enable them to contribute to society, it is important that the number of immigrants accepted by Estonia corresponds with our ability to manage," he said.
The European heads of government will also discuss the common digital market strategy of the European Commission. Prior to the meeting, Rõivas and the prime ministers of Ireland, Sweden, UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Czech Republic sent a joint letter to all their EU colleagues, encouraging the European Union to take stronger steps towards the creation of a common digital market and information society.
The Council will also discuss security and defence topics, in which Estonia's main interests include the renewal of Europe's security strategy and bringing it into line with the changed security situation. Estonia considers it important that the member states should understand the need to increase their defence expenditure and to cooperate.