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The President of the Republic met the President of the European Parliament

President Arnold Rüütel today at Kadriorg met with the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox.

Recalling Estonia's accession talks with the European Union, both sides expressed their contentment that the talks had been carried out in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It was also noted that the final results of the talks could be termed satisfactory.

The Estonian Head of State opined that the Estonian information campaign on the accession to the EU had been successful too and the population was in a pro-accession mood.

According to Pat Cox, the European Parliament was most committed to the process of EU enlargement and that was just the right way to start together the 21st century.

President Rüütel asked the President of the European Parliament his opinion of the probable outcome of the Latvian referendum. Pat Cox contended that the Latvians' attitudes had made on him a much more positive impression than one could assume on the basis of the results of opinion polls. He added that he would be very surprised if negative approach prevailed in Latvia.

The today's meeting also addressed the possibility that the European Union could introduce a visa exemption with Russia. Pat Cox confirmed that the institutions of the European Union had not discussed this issue officially, and if it should be put on agenda, also Estonia had a say in this matter, provided it became a Member of the European Union.

Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 11, 2003

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