TALLINN – In a statement made on Europe Day, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that the European Union must remain a union of nation states.
"Today's Europe Day is different than any before, because the world has changed extremely fast before our eyes. In the midst of all this uncertainty and confusion, we are reassured to know that the peoples of Europe are facing challenges together," Reinsalu was quoted by ministry spokespeople as saying.
"Cooperation between European countries and peoples makes it possible to jointly defend our way of life, our interests in the world and to create prosperity. The European Union is a form of cooperation between states and must continue namely as a union of nation states in the future, too," the minister said. "In the current coronavirus crisis of unprecedented scale and impact in the modern world, the peoples of Europe have supported each other in difficulty and helped other nations of the world. Together, we are trying to mitigate the devastating effects of the economic crisis," he added.
"In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, today, we thank all the other peoples of Europe who have supported us. In doing so, we know that they can always count on Estonia as a reliable and honest friend," Reinsalu said.