Ratas to invite EU leaders to Tallinn for digital conference

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels. May 3, 2017. Source: (Government Office)

One of the highlights of Estonia's upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU will be a digital conference which is expected to bring to Tallinn the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, the Chancellor of Germany and other EU heads of state.

According to daily Eesti Päevaleht (link in Estonian), it has been agreed by now that a new type of high-level conference involving the participation of EU leaders is to be organized in Tallinn and, given Estonia's well-known specialty, the conference is to be digital-themed.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) is expected to officially announce the sending out of invitations to the conference when he delivers a speech to the Riigikogu on the priorities of the Estonian presidency of the EU.

The planned conference is to take place during the last few days of September or first few days of October. According to government sources, preparations for the event are already underway and likewise have the support of President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

A great deal of behind-the-scenes work has already been put into inviting EU leaders to Tallinn; this work began following last year's decision by the U.K. to exit the EU, as a result of which it became clear in Europe that the union would need to set new goals.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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