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Estonia, Finland eye closer cooperation

Estonia, Finland eye closer cooperation

Estonia and Finland to hold joint government meeting in Tallinn on May 7, the Baltic countries are tightening links, Xinhua reported. 

Both neighbouring states are one-hundred-year-old, Finland celebrated its 100th anniversary on Dec 6 last year, while Estonia celebrated its centennial on Feb 24 this year. According to the press release, the cooperation of both countries in the European Union is to be discussed at the jubilee meeting. Among other issues, the cultural and educational cooperation, the role of small languages in the present world will be discussed as well.

“The joint jubilee meeting with the Government of Finland emphasises the special bond of our two nations. At the joint meeting we will discuss topics that will help the two countries and their people to build more bridges between each other and to strengthen the existing ones,”

Ratas said.

Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel is a part of the agenda

The joint government meeting in Tallinn at the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu will include the transport section. The parts of the meeting will look at the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel and rail connection. On May 7, the cross-border data exchange and the development of e-services are discussed in the part of the meeting dedicated to digital cooperation.

“So far, the government of Estonia has never held a joint meeting with a foreign government before, and the joint jubilee meeting with the government of Finland emphasizes the special bond of the two nations. At the joint meeting, we will discuss topics that will help the two countries and their people to build more bridges between each other and to reinforce the existing ones,”

Estonian PM Juri Ratas noted.