Official name: Republic of Estonia
Short form: Estonia National Day: Independence Day, 24 February.
Estonia declared its independence on this day in 1918.
Estonia became a NATO member state on 29 March 2004.
Estonia became a European Union member state on 1 May 2004.
18-22.09 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will participate in the high-level opening week of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The General Debate will open with a focus on people. The foreign minister will give a speech at a side event organised by Estonia and the European Commission focusing on indigenous peoples’ rights; and at a side event on preventing violence against children organised in cooperation with the Maldives. In addition, the foreign minister will take part of the meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Libya; and a high-level event focusing on fight against sexual abuse.
The ministers will also have a number of bilateral meetings, including with delegations of Algeria, El Salvador, Grenada, India, San Marino, Singapore, Vanuatu and representatives of the American Jewish Committee.
18.09 Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas will meet with delegation of the Confederation of Finnish Industries. They will focus on the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the EU’s future.
20.09 Seminar “Digital Europe: competitiveness, development and integration” dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU will take place in Madrid, organised by the Estonian Embassy in Madrid in collaboration with the Spanish Foreign Ministry, Commission representation in Madrid, the Elcano think-tank and the Carlos de Amberes foundation. Estonia will be represented by Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Siim Sikkut. Among other organisers, participants of the seminar will be welcomed by Rasmus Lumi, the Estonian Ambassador to Spain. Additional information: goo.gl/MiJKpP
20.09 Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs, Väino Reinart, will say the opening words at the Latin America Forum organised by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event will take place for the first time, with companies already active in the region sharing their experiences with Estonian businesses. In addition, experts with knowledge on local circumstances will get their say by introducing less-known markets and opportunities. Additional information: www.koda.ee/et/sundmused/ladina-ameerika
21-22.09 Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs, Väino Reinart, will chair the EU Trade Policy Committee meeting in Tallinn. The committee will discuss the EU trade policy follow-up actions and division of competences between the EU institutions and the Member States following the judgement of the European Court of Justice on the free trade agreement with Singapore.
22.09 Estonian Deputy Minister of EU Affairs Matti Maasikas will meet with Dr Aaron Farrugia, Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and Social Dialogue within the Maltese Ministry for European Affairs and Equality, to discuss the future and financial policy of the EU and exchange ideas on digital topics.
Cultural events abroad:
18.09 Ambassador Alar Streimann will introduce the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of Council of the EU at the Europe House in Paris. The event is part of the Week of Foreign Cultures taking place in Paris. Additional information: https://www.ficep.info/programme-sce
19.09 Berg Orchestra will perform music by Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Lepo Sumera at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague to celebrate the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
20.09 Estonian band The Boondocks will give a concert at the Helsinki international film festival titled Love and Anarchy. The concert is preceded by a short film programme by the students of Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School. Additional information: https://hiff.fi/tapahtumat/viro-klubi/
23.09-24.09 Estonian theatre NUKU will participate in the World Festival of Puppet Theatres (Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes) in Charleville-Mézières. Performance titled Bon Voyage and Other Lies will be played four times. Additional information: http://www.festival-marionnette.com/fr/festival-2017