Friday, 7 February sees Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas hosting Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Tallinn within the framework of the Baltic Council of Ministers. “The meeting will focus on Rail Baltic and other regional connections, as well as the EU multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. Also participating in the meeting will be Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources,” said an Estonian government press release. “Estonia coordinates the work of the Baltic Council of Ministers in 2020. One of our priorities is improving connectivity in the region. We will continue to work closely on regional energy and transport projects such as Rail Baltica and the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity grid with the continental system, which will benefit the whole region,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas before the meeting.
“Rapid implementation of regional projects is in our common interest and we need to secure the broadest possible support for these projects from the next European Union budget,” Ratas added. The working sessions dedicated to Rail Baltica and energy will take place on the premises of Elering, where Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of the Board of Elering, will give the ministers an overview of regional energy projects and future plans. The meeting will also be attended by Latvian and Lithuanian transport ministers and a representative of the European Commission. The budget of the European Union will be more discussed in more detail at a working lunch which will also be attended by Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, who is tasked with helping EU Member States reach an agreement on the budget. After the meeting, at 2.30 p.m., the prime ministers and Commissioner Hahn will give a joint press conference, which will be webcast live.