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Rinkevics: it is necessary to reduce energy dependence on dominant supplier countries

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is important to continue the development of regional energy market, strengthening security of energy supplies and reducing energy dependence on dominant supplier countries, said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics during his meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Sven Mikser.

On Friday, 12 May, Rinkevics met with the two officials to discuss relations between Latvia and Estonia, regional cooperation, transatlantic relations and security matters, as well as Estonia’s preparations for presidency over the EU Council.

Foreign Affairs Ministry told BNN that all officials agreed that Latvia and Estonia maintain active and multilateral cooperation on many levels. Rinkevics expressed support for Estonia’s priorities for presidency. He also voiced satisfaction with the fact that Estonia intends to work with matters associated with competitiveness and growth to strengthen EU Single market, as well as continue work with initiatives Latvia had addressed during its presidency – Digital Single Market and Energy Union.

«In the context of the Digital Single Market, it is important to prevent market fragmentation and help Europe recover its global competitiveness. Latvia welcomes Estonia’s commitment to focus on the Digital Market during presidency. We especially support plans to develop data economy and prevent unnecessary barriers for free data flow,» said Rinkevics.

Foreign Affairs Ministry noes that the discussion addressed the matter of the 8 May meeting of Baltic and Polish prime ministers in Tallinn, when officials discussed tighter cooperation in Rail Baltica project and the development of energy infrastructure.

All sides exchanged opinion about scenarios mentioned in the European Commission’s White Book in relation to the future discussion of EU’s future. «We are open and flexible to discussions about any scenario. Nevertheless, it is important for us to maintain accomplishments made so far in EU integration and reach the highest possible support and unity of member states for the future development of the EU project,» said Rinkevics.

Speaking of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in autumn, Rinkevics turned attention towards the necessity to reach an agreement on the text of the declaration and secure representation of high-rank EU officials and partner states in general.

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