Today 8 April, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu will represent Estonia at a meeting of Nordic-Baltic foreign ministers and a meeting of the European Union development ministers, both held via video.
The video meeting, organised by Estonia as the coordinating country of the Nordic-Baltic cooperation format (NB8), is the second of its kind and its aim is to discuss issues related to COVID-19. “Exchanging information with our closest regional partners during the crisis is of key importance – our cooperation with the Baltic States and Nordic countries has been close so far, including on the transit of citizens returning home and repatriation flights from third countries,” Reinsalu said. “All eight countries wish to continue cooperating closely and overcome the crisis caused by the coronavirus as soon as possible.”
The main message of the video meeting of the development ministers of the European Union is that the pandemic is a global challenge that requires a global response. The European Union is dealing with the pandemic under the joint Team Europe initiative in partner countries. Estonia considers it important to use the digital and innovative solutions offered by the private and public sector to support healthcare in developing countries and in handling the socio-economic consequences of the crisis. “Despite the closed national borders and restrictions on movement, we are in this crisis together. The Foreign Affairs Council is closely monitoring the evolution of the crisis to help map those in need of assistance and necessary measures,” Reinsalu said.
NB8 or the Nordic-Baltic Eight is a regional cooperation format founded in 1992 to bring together five Nordic countries and three Baltic States (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in an informal setting to discuss important regional and international issues. In 2020, Estonia is the coordinating country of NB8.
The European development ministers meet under the Foreign Affairs Council, which also includes development cooperation and humanitarian aid activities in partner countries. Together with the European Commission and with the assistance of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council’s main role is to ensure the unity, consistency and effectiveness of the EU’s external action.
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