TALLINN - Policy watchers in Estonia are hoping the Finnish presidency of the European Union will speed up the Baltic countries' integration into the EU. Finland took over the presidency of the EU from Germany July 1 and will be in the chair for the next six months. The presidency enables Finland to set policy priorities, lay down the agenda for meetings and act as the EU spokesman on foreign policy. It is the first time that a Nordic country has assumed the presidency. As part of their program Finland will have to deal with such issues as the reconstruction and restoration of stability in ...
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