Estonia wants closer ties with other Baltic states, Nordics

Estonia’s government has approved a proposal for enhanced relations with Nordic and other Baltic countries, meaning there is progress, at least on paper. [EPA-EFE / TOMS KALNINS]

Estonia’s government has approved a proposal for enhanced relations with Nordic and other Baltic countries, meaning there is progress, at least on paper, towards a more coherent northern European block.

The alignment leaves no sector out of the hoped-for cooperation and integration. The proposals call for closer economic and social ties together with greater cooperation on internal security, defence, cyber affairs, justice, education, research, culture and the development of the diaspora policy.

On a more concrete level, Estonia aims to be an incubator and a forerunner in the green transition, digital integration and in energy cooperation within the region.

Participating in the process where the country’s foreign affairs ministry alongside other ministries, the Bank of Estonia and the EU Secretariat of the Government Office.

The proposal is an attempt for Estonia to get more leverage to the region in a European context, but also strengthen its international position with the help of like-minded countries.

In a press statement on 28 October, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets (Centre Party) was quoted saying: “The Nordic countries and the Baltic States are our closest neighbours and we have enjoyed long successful cooperation. With this updated action plan, we will make improved efforts towards our crucial objectives. Close relations between the countries of the region will give us a more secure position for advancing shared interests and upholding our values.”

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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