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Press Release: Estonia makes a gift to the European Commission

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.

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Press Release: Tackling cigarette smuggling is the EU-wide priority in the customs field

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.

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Overview of the EU policy of the Estonian government by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on 5 December

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Press Release: Agreement on three important tax files expected from the last Ecofin of the Estonian Presidency

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.

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Press Release: EU Telecom ministers reached an agreement on the 5G roadmap

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.

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Press Release: Estonia wants data to move freely in Europe

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.

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Press Release: Keeping pace with the digital revolution will ensure the vitality of the European audiovisual landscape

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.

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Event: Clean Energy Future – the legacy of the Estonian Presidency (Tallin, 21 December 2017)

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Press Release: Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met in Budapest with the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro

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.

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Press Release: Developments of the film and audiovisual field discussed at the visionary conference in Tallinn

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.

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Press Release: Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo will meet Chinese heads of state in Budapest

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.

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Press Release: Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas: European Union to establish network of cybersecurity centres of excellence

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

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Press Release: Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: synergy between EEA countries strengthens our common voice

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…

Press Release: Green light for the agreement linking the EU and Swiss emissions trading systems

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).

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Press Release: Ministers call for continued contributions into the Copernicus programme

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.

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Press Release: October brought several accomplishments for the Estonian Presidency

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Press Release: Guido van Nispen – Europe needs to find a way to work with super-platforms without losing local skills and talent but leveraging those with the new opportunities

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…

Event: the SCAR conference ‘Research policy, state-of-play and the future of SCAR in the European Bioeconomy’ (Tallinn, 4/5 December 2017)

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e-Infrastructures Reflection Group meeting (Brussels, 27 November 2017)

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Event: Pictured futures: connecting content, tech & policy in audiovisual Europe (Tallinn, 27/28 November 2017)

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Event: Satellite Masters Conference & Horizon 2020 Space Info Day (Tallinn, 8-9 November 2017)

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Press Release: Meeting of Nordic and Baltic heads of government focused on challenges of the modern era

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.

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Press Release: Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expects the new budget of the European Union to support more connected Europe

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.

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