Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met with Foreign Minister of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz. The foreign ministers discussed Estonia-Poland relations, the rule of law in Poland, the Rail Baltic project, the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity network with European network and the forthcoming NATO Summit taking place this summer.
Discussing the issue of the rule of law in Poland, Mikser said that a solution must be found through dialogue between Poland and the European Commission. “It is in Estonia’s interests that Europe is strong and united and that problems are solved through political dialogue not through sanctions against member states. It is important to work together to find a solution that would not break the unity or hinder cooperation,” Mikser said. “At the same time it is important that all EU member states respect the rule of law,” Mikser added.
Speaking about the Rail Baltic project, Mikser stressed that Poland’s support is necessary for the functioning of the project. “Rail Baltic will increase economic cooperation in the region and both Polish and Baltic companies gain from it. Polish support for the project would increase the project’s funding possibilities in the next EU budget period,” Mikser noted.
The foreign ministers also discussed the synchronisation of electricity networks of the Baltic States with European network, which is an important energy security goal for Estonia. “It is important for the Baltic States to connect our energy grids to European networks. We thank Poland for constructive cooperation and our hope is to reach political agreements this summer to move on with the project,” Mikser said.
The ministers also shared their expectations ahead of the NATO Summit taking place this summer. Mikser said that the meeting must set course towards strengthening NATO deterrence and defence capabilities. It is also necessary for the Alliance to renew its defence plans and reorganise its command structure.
Foreign Minister Mikser also introduced the priorities of Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 to his colleague.
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