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Permanent Representation of Estonia to NATO moves to the new NATO headquarters
Since today, 28 May, the Permanent Representation of Estonia to NATO is located at the new NATO headquarters. All 30 staff members of the Estonian representation moved to the new building.
Ambassador of Estonia to NATO Kyllike Sillaste-Elling said that despite the ongoing moving process, the representation’s daily work, which involves representing Estonia in committees and preparing for the Summit, continues. “Move to the new headquarters reflects the organisation’s adaptation to the new security situation in Europe,” the Ambassador said.
The new headquarters is a modern building specially designed for NATO. It supports the organisation’s work by bringing NATO’s international civilian and military staff and representations of 29 countries together under one roof. The new headquarters is a “green building” which is expected to be 30% more energy efficient.
NATO has been located in the old headquarters, which was originally not built for the organisation, since 1967. Estonia’s first Permanent Representative to NATO was Ambassador Harri Tiido who took up the position in 2003. From 2007 – 2012, Ambassador Jüri Luik held the position and until 2017, Estonia’s Permanent Representative to NATO was Ambassador Lauri Lepik.
Around 4000 people will work at the new headquarters, which is located near the old NATO building, at Boulevard Leopold III in Brussels. The first major event to take place at the new headquarters is the NATO Summit held in Brussels in July.