EU formins discuss future of Eastern Partnership

  • 2020-06-11
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - European Union foreign ministers on Thursday discussed the future of the Eastern Partnership and the impact of the pandemic on the countries of the Eastern Partnership.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, who took part in the video meeting of EU ministers, said that countries of Eastern Partnership have made obvious progress in meeting the established goals, which contributes to cooperation with the European Union, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.

"Eastern Partnership is one of the priority areas of the foreign policy of Estonia, as it supports an increase in security, stability and wellbeing in Europe's neighborhood. The European Union must continue to support the aspirations of the Eastern Partners," Reinsalu said.

"Upholding the political ambition of the Eastern Partnership is important, as in doing it we are also supporting the political association and economic integration of these countries with the European Union," Reinsalu said, adding that in the context of future discussions, Estonia supports an approach as individual as possible. 

"We welcome expanding cooperation in various areas such as digital, trade, the environment, youth/education. At the same time, we consider involving all partners through the fields that are of most interest to them as important," Reinsalu said.

Reinsalu observed that the crisis revealed specifically the vulnerability of the eastern partners, which is why it is necessary to further strengthen the strategic communication capability of the partner countries and support the developing of digital solutions in combating the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Estonia made a proposal at the meeting to create a joint European Union digital platform that would help match innovative solutions offered by the member states to the needs of partner countries.