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Estonia's objectives under Czech EU presidency are euro, energy


TALLINN, Jan 22, BNS - The government today confirmed the objectives of Estonia during the Czech presidency of the European Union which include readiness for the adoption of the common euro currency and energy security, among other things.

The Czech Republic has identified three E's -- economy, energy and Europe in the world, in particular the development of the bloc's eastern partnership and transatlantic relations -- as the key issues of its presidency.

Estonia sees accession to the euro zone and streamlining the implementation of EU structural funds as prerequisites of creating an environment supportive of economic development. The country aims to be ready for the switch to the euro by 2010.

Another subject of great importance to Estonia is energy security that should be taken into consideration in the making of all other decisions, the government said.

For bolstering domestic security, Estonia is interested in the formulation of a general information technology strategy during the Czech presidency with account of the need to ensure central administration of large-scale information systems and consistent development.

The European Neighborhood Policy and development of measures to strengthen it are also included in Estonia's objectives.

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