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Undersecretary Reinart: we have to strengthen collaboration between regions to increase Europe’s competitiveness

26. August 2016 - 9:39
Undersecretary Reinart: we have to strengthen collaboration between regions to increase Europe’s competitiveness

Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Väino Reinart gave a speech at the yesterday’s summit of Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea countries in Dubrovnik that focused on co-operation between Northern and Southern Europe.

Undersecretary Reinart described the summit of Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Sea countries as an opportunity to strengthen practical cooperation in various fields. “To increase the competitiveness of countries of the three seas and Europe as a whole, we have to boost cooperation between the regions in such fields as transport, telecommunication and energy security and we certainly have to focus on digital single market and free movement of data in cyberspace,” Reinart said.

Talking about the digital single market Undersecretary Reinart confirmed it will be one of the main topics during the Estonian Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2017. “Estonia wants to focus on fields where market is not functioning as well as it should and promotes consumers’ and entrepreneurs’ better access to e-commerce,” he said and added that Estonia fights for wide-spread use of digital signature.

The summit of Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea countries is a round table organized in the framework of Dubrovnik Forum 2016 with leaders of Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia taking part.

Dubrovnik Forum is organized by Croatian President and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen collaboration between the regions of Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas above all in the fields of energy, transport and digital development.


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Additional information:
Sten Juur
Communication Department, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 637 7627
(+372) 5824 6622
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press@mfa.ee

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