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Consultations with Estonia at the level of EU Directors-General

Ljubljana, 27 November 2018 – Director-General for EU Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, David Brozina, today hosted Director-General of Department for European Affairs at the Estonian Foreign Ministry, Marika Linntam, for consultations.

 

They exchanged views on a number of topical European and bilateral issues and agreed that bilateral relations are excellent, marked by successful cooperation in multilateral forums. They expressed satisfaction with regular political dialogue, as part of which the Estonian President has a standing invitation to visit Slovenia. They underlined the interest in further strengthening cooperation, with particular emphasis on digitalisation and cybernetics.

 

Both countries share similar views within the European Union, and support a united and strong Union with an effective single market and an enhanced single digital market. The interlocutors welcomed the outcome of the European Council special meeting, endorsing the Withdrawal Agreement and the adoption of the political declaration on future EU-UK relations.

 

Mr Brozina and Ms Linntam went on to underline the importance of respecting the rule of law, keeping enlargement high on the EU agenda and focusing on the Eastern Partnership policy. They also advocated reaching an agreement on the next multi-annual financial framework as soon as possible, and touched on migration, regarding which the two countries are striving to formulate joint European solutions, including the provision of adequate external border protection. They also mentioned the Three Seas Initiative and Slovenia’s plan to host a summit of presidents of member states of the Initiative next year.