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Estonian Prime Minister Pays Official Visit To Budapest In Preparation For Estonia’s Upcoming EU Presidency

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (pictured left) held talks with his Estonian colleague Jüri Ratas (pictured right) who paid a visit to Budapest to present the programme of his country’s upcoming European Union presidency during the second half of 2017.

Hungary has always maintained excellent and close ties with Estonia, Viktor Orbán told reporters after the talks in Parliament. An important task for the EU for the upcoming period is to increase the bloc’s competitiveness and ensure that Brexit benefits both the EU and Britain. Another important task is to make progress in digital transformation and also to strengthen defence cooperation, Orbán said, adding that he and his Estonian partner discussed the issue of migration as well.

Jüri Ratas called it important that Estonia as rotating EU president in July-December would not solely pursue its own objectives but take into consideration the objectives of other member states. As goals of his country’s presidency programme he mentioned an open European economy, a safe Europe, the enhancement of digitalisation and a sustainable union. Ratas expressed the hope that the EU will be stronger and even more united after the Estonian presidency.

Earlier this month Hungarian house speaker László Kövér, the , paid an official visit to Estonia for talks with his Estonian counterpart Eiki Nestor and President Kersti Kaljulaid. Estonia is Hungary’s key partner and ally both in the European Union and in NATO, Kövér said, adding that “Hungary shares Estonia’s views concerning most foreign policy issues, such as Europe’s security and energy policy, Brexit, and the future of the European community.”

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; video: kormany.hu; photo: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI