Prime Minister Ratas will participate in the European Council and in the debate on the future of the euro area and Brexit

 Tallinn, Stenbock House, December 14, 2017 - Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will travel to Brussels today to attend the last European Council Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Heads of State or Government.

"The Council will have two major issues this time: strengthening defense and security policy, financing migration and cooperation with the countries of origin of migration. In addition, we are discussing how to reduce the gender pay gap and support the development of workers' skills and strengthen the co-operation between Erasmus + and universities in Europe to support mobility. Tomorrow we will focus on the future of the euro area and on the progress of the Brexi talks, "explained Prime Minister Ratas.

This morning, the Prime Minister will meet the digitized topics of the Estonian presidency at a seminar organized by the Estonian Presidency team together with the European Policy Studies Center.

Before the Council, the prime minister will normally meet with colleagues in the Baltic countries and the governments of Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In addition, the EU Presidency, as President of the Council, will confirm the priorities of the European Union's legislation over the next two years with the joint statement by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Parliament, Mr Antonio Tajani.

In the evening, European leaders will solemnly approve the EU's enhanced defense and security policy cooperation, or PESCO. On behalf of the Member States, the Commander of the Defense Forces, General Riho Terras, will speak.

Estonia will give the presidency of the Council of the European Union to Bulgaria at the turn of the year. Tomorrow morning, Prime Minister Ratas will meet with Boyko Borisov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, to discuss the experience and results of the Estonian Presidency.

The Prime Minister will return to Estonia tomorrow evening.

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