Today, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu attended the informal video meeting of European Union foreign affairs ministers on development, discussing the coordinated support of the European Union to partner countries in the fight against COVID-19. It is known as the coordinated Team Europe package of the European Union and member states.
Estonia considers it important to support partner countries in the fight against COVID-19 in a coordinated manner and, above all, create added value. Under Team Europe, Estonia has set the goal of accelerating innovation and a more extensive uptake of digital solutions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. To this end, Estonia has proposed the creation of a common digital platform of the European Union that would help match innovative solutions to the needs of partner countries when dealing with the crisis. In cooperation with Estonia’s ICT cluster, a test version of the platform has been developed and it has been shared with the European Commission and all member states that support Estonia’s proposal.
According to Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, the portal supports the values of Team Europe because it improves cooperation between member states. “The solutions listed in the common portal help alleviate urgent health issues and negative socio-economic consequences. We see this as an important opportunity to support Estonia’s private sector and broaden export possibilities,” Reinsalu said.
Estonia supports the unified and coordinated approach of the European Union and member states, and has contributed €1.6 million. Under development cooperation, Estonia has also supported coronavirus mitigation efforts in the field of health and education in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Afghanistan, Ghana and Kenya. Products by Estonian companies were also sent as humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Georgia, Montenegro and North Macedonia. In the fight against COVID-19, we have also supported the alleviation of crises in Libya, Syria and Venezuela through international humanitarian aid organisations, the People’s Republic of China, and Moldova, and we responded to the UN’s global call for humanitarian aid.
At the video meeting, the European Commission and the European External Action Service briefed the ministers on the progress of negotiations for the new budget of the European Commission and for a new partnership agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries (following the Cotonou Agreement).
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