Estonian PM to discuss transport, energy with Lithuanian counterpart

  • 2019-06-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas embarked on a visit to Vilnius on Thursday to discuss with his Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis the two states' transport and energy cooperation as well as topics relating to the European Union.

Estonia and Lithuania are close friends with shared objectives in NATO and the European Union, working in close regional cooperation, the prime minister said according to spokespeople.

"We both wish for the European Union's further strengthening and that during the coming budgetary period, the cuts in our support measures should be made smoother. We are also jointly constructing Rail Baltic and synchronizing our electricity grids with that of Western Europe, both of which are crucial connections to ensure our energy security and economic growth," Ratas said.

The two prime ministers are also to discuss the current situation of the Baltic states' electricity market, the EU strategic action plan and filling the top positions in the EU institutions.

Ratas is scheduled to return to Estonia on Thursday evening.