Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) is to meet with his Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish colleagues in Vilnius on Friday, where they will discuss regional defense and security issues, current EU affairs as well as joint energy and transport projects.
Ratas will first meet with Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in the morning to discuss improving regional security, cooperation in strategic infrastructure projects, and ensuring the joint interests of the Baltic states in the EU, according to a government press release, which noted that these are issues that the current Baltic Council of Ministers' Lithuanian presidency are interested in.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will join them in the afternoon to discuss regional security, cooperation between the Baltic states and Poland, current EU affairs as well as the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Following the joint meeting, Ratas will also meet with Morawieci one on one.
According to Ratas, cooperation between the Baltic states and Poland is essential. "The Baltic states and Poland are connected by both the past and the present, and we are surely stronger together than apart," he said. "In the near future, we will need to carry out several very important joint projects which will improve the lives of our people, the business environment as well as our security."
The Baltic heads of government will also open the exhibition "To be Banned: Baltic Books 1918-1940" at the National Library of Lithuania.
Ratas is scheduled to return to Estonia on Saturday afternoon.
Editor: Aili Vahtla