As part of a joint event series of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the ALDE Party, we welcomed the Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to speak about the first half of the Estonian EU Presidency. The lunch discussion, moderated by ALDE Party Vice President Ros Scott, took place on 20 September at the Natural Sciences Museum of Brussels.
With the multi-facetted challenges the European Union is currently facing, Estonia has ascribed itself to the Motto of ‘Unity through balance’ in order to reconcile the EU Member States.
Estonia aspires to reach this through its four priorities of an open and innovative economy, security, the creation of a digital Europe with free movement of data, and ultimately a Europe that is inclusive and sustainable.
There is more optimism concerning the future of our union than a year ago. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us. https://t.co/s2wkulRkXX— Jüri Ratas (@ratasjuri) September 20, 2017
During the Liberal lunch debate, the Estonian Prime Minister particularly emphasised the importance of digitalisation: "A safe digital Single Market is the EU's future. The future will be digital." In fact, at the end of September, EU heads of state and government will come together for the Tallinn Digital Summit to discuss how to embrace digital change, as the Estonian EU Presidency aims to bring the EU ahead in terms of digitalisation.
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Take a look at some of the best moments of the lunch debate with pictures provided by Triin Oppi from the Estonian Government.