The adoption of the euro is a strategic goal for Estonia and Lithuania

Today, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip met with Andrius Kubilius, the Prime Minister of Lithuania, with whom the topics of energy and economy were mainly discussed. At the meeting, both Prime Ministers stated that regardless of the financial crisis in the world, in the Baltic region, it is essential to continue the movement towards the adoption of the euro.

“Estonia plans to take forceful steps to make the adoption of the euro possible at the beginning of 2011,” Andrus Ansip said. The Prime Minister added that although this means unpopular decisions, the government is obliged to make these. “Times are tough everywhere and it is clear that budget cuts are popular nowhere, but the government has the obligation and responsibility to make unpopular decisions as well,” Prime Minister Ansip said. He added that the satisfaction of people in the future can only be based on the correct decisions made today and decidedly implemented.

At the meeting, energy-related issues were also discussed in more detail: the establishment of network connections between countries, the export and import of electricity, the status of the establishment of the new nuclear reactor power plant in Lithuania, and the need to establish a common Baltic and Nordic electricity market by the year 2013.

Prime Minister Ansip pointed out that the establishment of an operating electricity market between the Baltic States and the Nordic Countries in the current situation is not only a security policy issue, but a very important issue from the viewpoint of enlivening the economy as well. Both Ansip and Kubilius stated that the establishment of the common electricity market needs operative and fast action.

See photos of the meeting at: http://www.valitsus.ee/index.php?id=8886

Source: Government Communication Office