At the meeting of the European Council that took place in Brussels on the 17th June 2010, unanimous
approval was given to Estonia to enter the euro area next year.
The political leaders of the European Union found that Estonia has fulfilled the conditions for acceding to the euro
area thanks to sound economic and financial policies.
The participants at the summit meeting congratulated Estonia for fulfilling all of the convergence criteria provided by
the European Union foundation agreement and welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for the adoption of the
euro in Estonia on 1st January 2011.
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip thanked his colleagues for supporting Estonia’s endeavours to enter the euro
“This is great recognition for Estonia,” Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said. “Firstly, we must be
thankful to the people of Estonia for our success. Without the support of the population for the current economic
course, we would certainly not have been so successful.”
At the meeting, Ansip affirmed that Estonia shall continue a conservative budgetary policy and structural reforms,
paying special attention to inflation.
Estonia’s entry into the euro area will finally receive formal approval during the ECOFIN meeting on
The European Council also completed work on the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and economic growth. The strategy that
was approved at today’s meeting will help Europe recover from the crisis and emerge from it stronger than
The government leaders discussed new initiatives to increase competitiveness. Led by Estonia, the council approved an
obligation to create a totally functioning domestic digital market by 2015.
“I am glad that the European Union has made the creation of a common digital market one of its main
objectives,” Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said. “A situation where a Finn cannot use mobile parking services
in Estonia and an Estonian cannot establish a company in Latvia through the Internet is not normal. Without a
functioning common digital market, we cannot speak of a totally functioning and open common market in the European
Ansip stressed that the idea of the common digital market is to facilitate the functioning of the conventional economy,
such as the cross-border establishment of businesses and management of businesses, electronic payments between
countries, tendering procedures, the provision of e-services, etc.
Five principal orientations were confirmed within the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy, the objectives of which
are to increase jobs, improve the conditions and educational level for research and development, improve energy
efficiency, and promote social inclusion by primarily reducing poverty.
Another important topic discussed by the council was the need to co-ordinate more effectively the economic policies of
the member states. The extensive co-ordination of budgetary policies was considered to be of primary importance. Those
attending the meeting prioritised preventive action, which included the prior assessment of the countries’
budgetary plans, accelerating the proceeding of excessive deficits, and paying more attention to public debt.
The heads of government and state of the European Union also decided to open membership negotiations with Iceland,
which has made the corresponding application.