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.
23.-24.04 Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas will be in Berlin to meet Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth and Uwe Corsepius, EU affairs adviser to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Undersecretary Maasikas will also take part in a discussion on the future of the EU organised by the Estonian Embassy in Berlin.
24.-25.04 Undersecretary Maasikas will be in Dublin to meet Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee and the Second Secretary General of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Rory Montgomery.
24.04 Political consultations between Estonia and Cyprus will take place in Nicosia, where regional security, neighbourhood policy and transatlantic relations will be discussed. The delegation of Estonia will be led by Undersecretary for Political Affairs Paul Teesalu.
23.-26.04 Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Väino Reinart will be at the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) at the UN. Undersecretary Reinart will take part in a Ministerial Round Table where he will introduce Estonia’s electronic tax filing system. He will also give a speech at the open debate on youth, peace and security. Undersecretary Reinart will also meet High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Fekitamoeloa Katoa to discuss Estonia’s cooperation opportunities with these countries. The Undersecretary is also going to have a number of bilateral meetings in the framework of Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, including meetings with the representatives of Bangladesh, Oman, Guatemala, the Republic of South Africa, Lesotho and Burkina Faso.
Additional information on the Forum: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdforum/
25.04 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will be in the UK to meet British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. They will discuss Brexit, the upcoming NATO Summit, security cooperation and the situation in Syria.
26.04 Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas will be in Paris to meet the French Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau. The meeting will focus on the EU multiannual financial framework, the future of the economic and monetary union, Brexit and the EU enlargement policy, but also on other topical EU affairs.
27.04 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will be in Brussels for the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The meeting will focus on strategic discussion on Russia, projecting stability, NATO’s work on counter-terrorism, the political developments in Afghanistan and NATO’s open door policy ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit.
Cultural events abroad:
23.04 Estonia's Ambassador to Russia Arti Hilpus will open a photo exhibition titled “Timeshift” at the National Museum of the Udmurt Republic named after Kuzebai Gerd in Izhevsk. The exhibition was put together by the Estonian National Museum and the National Museum of the Udmurt Republic. The project was supported by the Kindred Peoples’ Programme of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Science.
27.04 Exhibition “Portable Landscapes” will open at the Latvian National Museum of Art. The exhibition focuses on exile and émigré artists from 20th century to present day. Estonian artists represented at the exhibition curated by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art are Enno Hallek and Kristina Norman, whose works depict refugees and life in exile. The exhibition will run until 17 June. Additional information: https://lcca.lv/en/events/exhibition-of-latvian-exile-and--migr--artists...
27.04 Head of the Estonian Writers’ Union Tiit Aleksejev will be in Istanbul to introduce the Turkish translation of Jaan Kross’s book “The Czar's Madman” at the SALT Galata cultural centre. The presentation is followed by a discussion on Estonian literature and Jaan Kross’s place in it. The Estonian Embassy in Ankara marks the 100th anniversary of Estonia with the literary event.
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