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The President of the Republic met the Chancellor of Justice of Finland

President Arnold Rüütel this morning at Kadriorg discussed with the Chancellor of Justice of the Republic of Finland, Paavo Nikula, the harmonisation of legislation of the EU Member States and the Acceding Countries.

The President expressed his opinion that Estonia had been successful in this field, and that - largely thanks to the cooperation with the present Member States, including Finland. Paavo Nikula contended that the institutions of Finnish Chancellor of Justice and Estonian Legal Chancellor over a long time already had had close cooperation and, for this reason, he was well aware of the problems arisen in Estonia during its preparations to join the European Union, which, according to Paavo Nikula, were no different from the questions asked in Finland during their corresponding process. "Then, it was mostly asked if the European Union was going to decide on our legislation. By now for a long time already, nobody asks questions like these," Chancellor of Justice Nikula commented. He added that a research recently carried out in Finland had proven that the EU law did not conflict with the Constitution of Finland.

The today's meeting also addressed conservation and sustainable production in the European Union. In the President’s estimation, it was necessary and feasible, implementing the relevant EU legislation, to ensure regional balance and economizing on resources. Paavo Nikula said that the EU system of regional subsidies helped to keep countries evenly populated and Finland was in favour of an approach like this as well.

Acknowledging the developments having taken place in Estonia, the Finnish Chancellor of Justice voiced hope that we were shortly able to continue our thus-far good cooperation in the European Union. The President of the Republic thanked Finland for its very strong support to Estonia's aspirations at all times.

Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 8, 2003

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