Prime Minister: Estonia is Aiming for Digital Single Market in the EU
While speaking on the Estonia's policies in the European Union on Tuesday, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas identified free movement of services and digital single market as the fields in which Estonia cannot be satisfied with what the EU has achieved so far.
Rõivas recalled that, as early as in 2010, Estonia proposed the creation of a digital single market by 2015, but the necessary legislation is still only partially proposed and adopted.
The former Estonian Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, was recently appointed as the new European Commission Vice President, responsible for the single digital market.
While speaking about the European affairs at the parliament, Rõivas said that energy, transport and communication connections are also particularly important for Estonia as a country on the geographic outskirts of the EU.
Rõivas also talked about Estonia's policies in regards to Ukraine, saying that that unity of Europe and the rest of the Western world is the prime concern.
“A discussion on reviewing the sanctions is uncalled for in a situation where obvious efforts are made to freeze the conflict. If the Minsk agreements are not observed and a new frozen conflict is created in Europe, we need to consider additional sanctions,” Rõivas said.
According to Rõivas, the process of integrating associated countries has to continue. He hoped that the Eastern Partnership summit in May next year will be an occasion to welcome Ukraine’s and Georgia’s compliance with the visa exemption requirements.
The head of government also emphasized that, due to the new security situation, the reduction of defense budgets of the EU member states has to stop.
“Only three EU countries – Greece, the United Kingdom and Estonia – currently meet the NATO’s criterion of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense,” Rõivas said.