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The President of the Republic met with the President of the National Council of Austria

President Rüütel met with Andreas Khol, President of the National Council of AustriaPresident Rüütel today at Kadriorg met with Andreas Khol, President of the National Council of Austria (Nationalrat) and the delegation accompanying him.

During the meeting, primarily the topics related to the EU were in the focus of discussion. Talking about the outcome of the French referendum on the EU Constitution, President Rüütel said that the rejection of the EU constitutional agreement in France should not discourage the other states to move towards the goals already set. Andreas Khol expressed an opinion that the development of Europe continued anyway, irrespective of ratifications, and that the European Union had managed to overcome even bigger setbacks, for example, so called ''policy of an empty chair''. The participants of the meeting reached an understanding that in order to clarify the politics of the EU, which after the latest enlargement had gained a new identity and new power centres, active discussions in all Member States were needed.

President Rüütel spoke also about the activity of Estonia in connection with implementation of the EU Neighbourhood Policy. In the words of the President of the Republic, so far the efforts of Estonia in that field had primarily been targeted towards Georgia and the other Southern-Caucasus states, also the Ukraine, but certainly, Estonia would support the development of democracy also in other states, including Russia and the Balkan states.

Also the development of bilateral cooperation was discussed, for example, the development of tourism, first of all thanks to the richness of nature both in Estonia and in Austria. Both sides recognised that the pleasant and ever deepening mutual understanding dominating between the two countries facilitated continued intensification of relations.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, June 1, 2005

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