Ten Years On, Estonia Should Speak Up on EU Matters, Rüütel Says
Yesterday marked 10 years since Estonia held a national referendum on whether to join the European Union.
The Estonian president at the time of the vote, Arnold Rüütel, said in comments yesterday that the country had made the right decision. Looking forward, Estonia should be more active in the dialogue over changes currently under way in the EU. That would also reduce euro-skepticism, he told ETV.
"Estonia's decision to step into the EU was, in principle, the right decision and I believe that if Europe is currently in a situation of changing circumstances, it is important that Estonia be capable of participating in those changes and really express recommendations and standpoints, and coordinate regionally," Rüütel said.
He continued: "For example, Nordic conditions in their societies' development differ greatly from conditions in the Southern European countries. And I believe that our leading politicians and people who have been elected to the European Parliament are dealing with these things to a certain extent. But perhaps we should express our standpoints in these issues even more intensively."