Ratas discussed strengthening of bilateral relations with Norwegian colleague

Today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jüri Ratas met with President of the Storting (Parliament of Norway) Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen via a video bridge. They discussed common values and strengthening of bilateral relations.

“Norway is very close to my heart,” Ratas said to his Norwegian colleague. “The bilateral relations between our countries are excellent, we share the same values, there is a really busy trade and investment interaction between our countries, we both value innovation, digital development, green economy and social involvement,” the President of the Riigikogu specified the common interests and spheres of cooperation. In his opinion, special attention should be paid to the protection of the Baltic Sea.

Both Ratas and Trøen confirmed that the relations between the two countries at the level of people and companies were excellent, and expressed hope that when tourism would be restored this year, it would contribute greatly to further cooperation.

Tomorrow’s video conference of the NB8 Speakers, where the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States will together seek solutions to resolving the coronavirus crisis and lifting of restrictions, was also spoken about at today’s meeting. “The pandemic has set many restrictions to us but also forced us to use digital tools, but now we are looking for ways and ideas to exit the crisis as one family,” Ratas underlined.

Ratas gave his Norwegian colleague an account of the current situation in Estonia and added that Estonia was slowly but surely recovering. “The restrictions and vaccinations are working step by step, but we need to be very cautious in lifting restrictions and start alleviations where it helps the most,” Ratas said, referring to schools.

Ratas described the work of the Riigikogu during the coronavirus crisis. He said that the Parliament was working in a remote mode until the end of this month and the May working order would be decided in the last week of April.

Speaking of defence cooperation, Ratas thanked Norway for their contribution to strengthening the security of our region. “Norwegian participation strengthens security of the region and is a fine example of solidarity,” Ratas said. “Cyber security is growingly important for societies and we need to keep cooperating both bilaterally and in NATO.”

Ratas invited the Speaker of the Storting to visit Estonia when the circumstances allow.

Photos of the meeting (Author: Erik Peinar, Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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