Today, at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser handed the EU Sanctions Map, developed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. The Sanctions Map is a digital gift to the European Commission from the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The European Union has adopted, under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, conclusions on the fight against cigarette smuggling and illegal tobacco products. The Customs Cooperation Action Plan of the European Union has also been approved, giving high priority to the combatting of excise fraud, primarily the production of illicit cigarettes and illegal handling of mineral oils.
EU finance ministers are gathering today in Brussels to endorse EU Council conclusions on taxation of the digital economy, adopt a cross-border e-commerce VAT package and to confirm the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions on tax issues. These files have all been Estonian Presidency priorities. The Ecofin Council is also the last for the Estonian Presidency.
European telecommunications ministers agreed on a joint roadmap for the development of 5G networks. The roadmap constitutes a common understanding on the harmonisation of 5G spectrum bands and their allocation to telecommunications operators. These 5G networks will allow people and devices to communicate with more data and less delay in the future.
The last European Telecommunications Ministers meeting during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is taking place in Brussels today. The focus is on the free movement of data, 5G network connectivity and the new European Telecommunications Code. During the morning session the ministers supported Presidency’s efforts to reach the general approach on the free flow of data within 2017.
A two-day international visionary conference, organised at the initiative of the Estonian Ministry of Culture, concluded on Tuesday, 28 November. At the event, experts from the audiovisual and film industry spheres, policy makers and visionaries discussed how the European media and film industry can retain its cultural distinctiveness and remain relevant within the context of the digital era and globalisation.
During the the annual 16+1 summit of 11 European Union Member States, 5 Western Balkan countries, and China, yesterday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met separately with his Hungarian colleague Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić, and Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković.
Today, 27 November, representatives of film and audiovisual field, experts, policy makers and visionaries will gather in Tallinn for a two-day international visionary conference to discuss topical issues of the European media and film industry. The conference is organised within the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and is opened by the Estonian Minister for Culture Indrek Saar.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, meet the heads of the Central and Eastern European countries and the People’s Republic of China and participate in the business forum today in Budapest. A business delegation will be accompanying the ministers during their visit.
Today, 24 November, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser take part in the European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels.
Today’s EU General Affairs Council in Brussels started preparations for December’s European Council, and discussed the EU’s work programme for 2018 as well as the interinstitutional agreement between three EU bodies (the Council, Commission and Parliament), which is aimed at agreeing on better law making
Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser chaired the meeting of the European Economic Area Council (EEA) on behalf of the EU. The impact of UK’s withdrawal on the single market, the Eastern Partnership and cooperation in the field of data economy were discussed with the ministers of the EEA EFTA states; Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Full article…
On 10 November, the Council adopted a decision authorising the signing, on behalf of the EU, of an agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation, linking their respective emissions trading systems (ETS).
The ministers of the European Union and the European Space Agency stated today, on 7 November, in Tallinn that ensuring a stable future for the Copernicus programme is also needed for after 2020. Moreover, the Copernicus satellite data is becoming the driving force of the European digital economy and this potential needs to be developed further.
What are the biggest challenges facing Europe in the audiovisual field? What needs to be done when we have talent, content, and industry, but revenues still tilt towards American platforms? What do we have and what are we missing? Full article…
Today in Helsinki, the heads of government of Nordic and Baltic countries, i.e. NB8, discussed common regional concerns regarding security, energy markets, and hybrid threats, as well as European Union policies, trans-Atlantic relations, and cooperation within the UN.
At today’s meeting with European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas discussed the preparations for the next long-term budget of the European Union. “The aim of the long-term budget of the European Union should be a stronger and more connected Europe. A better-functioning internal market would increase both the welfare of the people of Europe and the profits of companies. To achieve this goal, contributions to infrastructure projects connecting different areas of Europe, such as Rail Baltic and the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity system, are necessary,” Prime Minister Ratas emphasised.