Opportunities and obligations arising from the European Union membership have a considerable effect on Estonia’s economy.
The course of open Estonian economy is influenced by both global and regional developments; therefore, it is the inseverable task of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications to be aware of these developments, contribute to their implementation and trends and have both a bilateral and multilateral effect on such developments, also as a member of international organisations.
The European Union law guides or regulates basically all the fields governed by the extensive administrative area of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. It is important to contribute actively to the promotion of Estonian interest while participating in the process for the development of the legislation of the European Union.
The foreign relations pursued by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications can be grouped under two main directions:
European Union and International Co-operation Department
Officials of the European Union and International Co-operation Partners are:
- Professional speciality-related diplomats of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU and at the OECD in Paris.
- The European Union co-ordinators in Tallinn, organising information exchange between the Ministry, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU and other ministries and preparing the positions concerning the European Union affairs.
- Co-ordinators of international co-operation in Tallinn, who have the task of organising foreign relations and international co-operation of the leaders of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, including organisation of reception of foreign delegations.