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Weekly schedule (16.04.2018 - 22.04.2018)

Foreign Ministry
Monday, 16. April 2018

16.04 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will attend the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council taking place in Luxembourg. The EU foreign ministers will discuss the continued implementation of the five guiding principles for EU-Russia relations, the situation after the presidential election and the latest developments in the aftermath of the Salisbury attack.  They will also discuss the situation in Syria, the Western Balkans and in Iran, and will exchange views on the future financing of external action instruments. Additional information: www.consilium.europa.eu/et/meetings/fac/2018/04/16/ 
After the Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will award the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana First Class for his contribution to the strengthening of the relations between Estonia and Luxembourg.
Foreign Minister Mikser will also meet the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, to discuss the security situation in Europe, regional cooperation between the Baltic and Benelux countries, topical EU affairs and the cooperation between Estonia and Luxembourg, including the opening of Estonia’s data embassy in Luxembourg. 


17.04 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will attend the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Swedish Institute. Additional information: www.genderequalworld.com/program/ 
Foreign Minister Mikser will also meet the Foreign Minister of Norway, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, in the margins of the forum to discuss the security situation in Europe, transatlantic relations, the upcoming meeting of NATO foreign ministers, topical EU affairs and the cooperation between Baltic and Nordic countries.


17.04 Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas will be in Luxembourg for a meeting with Vice-President of the European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb to discuss the new EU multiannual financial framework.


17.04 Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas will attend the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg where the topics on the agenda are amendments to the electoral law and the state of play regarding the rule of law in Poland. The European Commission will be invited to present its enlargement package to the Council.


17.04 Consultations between Estonia and Luxembourg will take place and will focus on the new EU multiannual financial framework, the future of the economic and monetary union and Brexit. The Estonian delegation will be led by Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas and the delegation of Luxembourg by Director of European Affairs and International Economic Relations Michèle Eisenbarth.


17.04 Political consultations between Estonia and Spain will take place in Madrid. The consultations will focus on Estonia-Spain relations, the security situation, transatlantic relations, the situation in the Middle East and relations with Russia.  The Estonian delegation will be led by Undersecretary for Political Affairs Paul Teesalu.


17.04-18.04 Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Gert Antsu will travel to Mariupol in eastern Ukraine to explore means of cooperation between Mariupol and Estonia. In addition to meeting the representatives of the municipality, Antsu will meet members of the local civil society and will visit the port of Mariupol. In the afternoon of 17 April, the ambassador will travel to Dnipro where a business seminar organised by the Estonian embassy, Enterprise Estonia, and the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will take place.


18.04 Ambassador of Estonia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tiina Intelmann will visit Leeds. Intelmann will open the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul and will meet the Lord Mayor of Leeds and representatives of the cities of northern England to discuss cultural relations and opportunities for cooperation in the field of technology. The ambassador will be accompanied by an 11-member business delegation of the British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce. 


18.-20.04 A business delegation of 14 Estonian companies will be on a visit in Denmark. The delegation members will take part in business meetings and seminars in Odense and international business days in Naestved. The visit is organised by the Danish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Estonia and the Estonian Embassy in Copenhagen. The delegation will be led by Ambassador Märt Volmer. Additional information: http://businessdaysindenmark.decc.ee/


20.04 Baltic Symposium 2018: The Baltic States in a Changing Europe will take place in London. The 9th Baltic Symposium is organised by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Baltic Council in Great Britain and the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in London. The keynote speech will be delivered by Urmas Paet, Member of European Parliament and former Foreign Minister of Estonia. Additional information: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/events/2017-18/baltic-symposium-...


Cultural events abroad:


15.04 Estonian Embassy in Copenhagen will organise the Blue Hepatica Run to honour Estonian veterans. Participants can join the run and see if they can pass the army physical fitness test. 
The 2018 Blue Hepatica Run will take place in Tallinn, Tartu, Brussels and Copenhagen. 
Additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/361259814376801/


17.-22.04 This year’s European Film Weeks taking place in Helsinki will focus on cultural heritage. The festival programme includes Ain Mäeots’s film “Taarka” which tells the story of a Seto minstrel Hilana Taarka. Year 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Additional information: https://ec.europa.eu/finland/sites/finland/files/film_weeks_esite_2018_n... (PDF)


18.-26.04 The 4th Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival will take place in Minsk. This year’s festival will focus on the films of the Baltic countries to mark the 100th anniversaries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In cooperation with the Estonian Film Institute, Priit Pääsuke’s film “The End of the Chain” and Terje Toomistu’s documentary “Soviet Hippies” were chosen to the programme of the festival that, this year, carries the theme “Change the Angle”. Additional information: https://www.northernlightsff.com/program-2018

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