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Weekly Schedule

Weekly schedule (13.11.2017 - 19.11.2017)

Foreign Ministry
Monday, 13. November 2017

13.11 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. The meeting agenda includes EU-Africa relations, strategic communication and, for the joint meeting of foreign and defence ministers, implementing security and defence initiatives in the EU global strategy and EU-NATO cooperation. The Foreign Affairs Council will be preceded by an informal meeting between the EU foreign ministers and Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, with whom the recent political developments and future trends will be discussed.

14.11 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will head the meeting of the European Economic Area on behalf of the EU, while Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick will do the same on behalf of the EFTA countries. Topics on the agenda include measures for promoting European data economy and conclusions will be adopted.

14.-15.11 Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas will take part as the representative of the Estonian Presidency in the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg (agenda at

15.11 Maasikas will speak at the Council of the EU conference “Investing to Connect Europe", which will discuss the continuation of Connecting Europe projects in the next EU financial framework and the effective implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

15.-16.11 Estonian Ambassador to the UK Tiina Intelmann will visit Edinburgh. During the visit, Intelmann will meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and open the representation of Estonia’s third honorary consul in Scotland. In addition, Intelmann will provide an overview to Scottish parliament’s foreign affairs committee regarding the Estonian Presidency and meet the minister responsible for digital services, Derek Mackay. She will also take part in an e-health seminar focusing on potential for Estonian-Scottish cooperation in this field.     

16.11 the Foreign Ministry’s 15th open doors day will take place.

17.11 the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council meeting will be held in Brussels, co-chaired on behalf of the EU  by Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser and trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström. CARIFORUM-EU is a format for economic cooperation between 15 Caribbean Sea countries and the EU.

Cultural events abroad:

11.-15.11 New Delhi hosts the first Nordic Baltic Film Festival, where Estonia will be represented by Mihkel Ulk’s film “Zero Point“, which debuts on 14 November.

14.11 an exhibition on Arvo Pärt opens in the small gallery of the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland. “Arvo Pärt. Known and Unknown” tells the composer’s story – his origins, childhood and formative years. The exhibition was made possible by the Estonian Museum of Theatre and Music and the non-profit Estonian Music Enterprise Development Centre and is part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the national centennial programme. More information:

15.11 the Peedu Kass Momentum trio performs at the Helsinki Musiikkitalo in a traditional Estonian music concert series.

16.11 the Embassy in New Delhi in cooperation with Raza Foundation holds a Doris Kareva poetry evening at India International Center, with poems read by the poet herself. The event marks the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

16.11 the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seville presents the exhibition Estonian nature photography. The exhibition is presented in connection with the visit of EU ambassadors to Seville (part of the Estonian EU Presidency) and will run for one month.

16.–17.11 The international Erasmus+ conference will be held in Paris, focusing on the Erasmus+ programme’s results and expectations for the continuation programme (2021-2027). Conference organizers are the Archimedes Foundation and the French and Spanish Erasmus+ national agencies. Estonia will be represented by Ministry of Education and Research secretary general Tea Varrak and the director of the Erasmus+ national agency (Archimedes Foundation) Rait Toompere. Estonia will have representatives in the working groups as well. Additional information and programme: (in French)

16.-21.11 the Paris Courts Devant international short film festival takes place, with Estonia represented by Anna Hints’s “Jää”. Additional information:

17.11 Rainer Sarnet’s feature film “November“ will be screened at the Cork Film Festiival.

17.11. The Estonia National Opera kicks off a ballet and opera tour of Finland with a performance of Coppélia in Tampere.

17.11-05.12 Canada hosts the European Union Film Festival. A film from the EU Presidency holder starts off the festival, per tradition – Jaak Kilmi’s “The Dissidents”. Toronto will screen the Estonian film on 23 November and Vancouver on 24 November.

17.11  the  Addis Abeba European Union Film Festival will screen Andres Maimik and Katrin Maimik’s feature film “Cherry Tobacco“. (PDF)

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