At the invitation of Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and ALDE Party President Sir Graham Watson, European Liberal Democrat leaders in government convened in Tallinn, Estonia, on Wednesday 4 February.
At the meeting they discussed a number of challenges facing the European Union including security and defence, fighting terrorism while protecting liberal democracy and how to tackle the economic crisis, create jobs and restoring balanced budgets.
They agreed, in light of the attacks on Donetsk, Luhansk Oblast and the city of Mariupol, to condemn Russia’s indiscriminate attacks on residential areas and loss of civilian lives, and maintain EU-level sanctions on Russia until it complies with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities.
Regarding the current European economic situation, they agreed to “work to create a modern economy that simplifies life through more e-services, and stimulates e-commerce by improving faster internet across, guaranteeing an open internet, fighting for net neutrality and creating a genuine single market in telecommunications”. They agreed that “to secure growth and jobs, emphasis must be put on structural reforms in Member States” and pledged that European liberals in government will “work for an EU-US free trade agreement that could boost the European economy by over 100 billion Euros annually”.
- Sir Graham Watson, President of the ALDE Party
- Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia
- Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia
- Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
- Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium
- Roger Albinyaya i Saigi, Secretary for Foreign & European Affairs, Catalonia
- Klaus Frandsen, Party President, Venstre, Denmark
- Loreta Graužineinė, Speaker of the Seimas, Lithuania
- Carl Haglund, Minister of Defence, Finland
- Urmas Paet MEP, Reform Party, Estonia
- Jürgen Ligi, Reform Party Estonia
- Priit Kallakas, Reform Party, Estonia