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Luxembourg

(last updated: 17.07.2017)


The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg recognised the Republic of Estonia on 22 February 1923 and re-recognised Estonia on 27 August 1991. Diplomatic relations were re-established on 29 August 1991.

Estonian Ambassador to Luxembourg Lembit Uibo presented his credentials on 16 May 2017. The ambassador resides in Brussels and in addition to Luxembourg is also the ambassador to Belgium and Switzerland.

Previous Estonian ambassadors to Luxembourg:

1993-1996 Clyde Kull
1996-1999 Jüri Luik
1999-2003 Sulev Kannike
2004-2009 Malle Talvet-Mustonen
2009            Karin Jaani
2010-2011 Mariin Ratnik
2012-2017 Gert Antsu

Estonia’s Honorary Consul in Luxembourg is Alexis Thielen.

Ambassador of Luxembourg to Estonia Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini presented her credentials on 23 November 2012. The ambassador resides in Prague. Mr. Vahur Kraft held the postition of Honorary Consul of Luxembourg to Estonia between 2009 - 2013.

The bilateral relations of Estonia and Luxembourg are good, stable and active. The integration-friendly European Union policy of both Estonia and Luxembourg creates a sound basis for co-operation. Meetings of the foreign ministers take place regularly in the Baltic and Benelux countries format. Consultations on the topic of the European Union are regular as well. 

 

Visits

to Luxembourg
April 2018 Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn
October 2017 President Kersti Kaljulaid meeting with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg
June 2017 Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
February 2015 Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas on a working visit
October 2014 President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor on an official visit
July 2009 Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
May 2008 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet
May 2006 Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
October 2004 Foreign Minister Kristiina Ojuland
May 2003 President Arnold Rüütel

 

to Estonia
September 2015 President of the Chamber of Deputies Mars di Bartolomeo
February 2015 Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn at the meeting of Baltic and Benelux countries
March 2013 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Jean Asselborn on a working visit
September 2011 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn at the meeting of the Baltic and Benelux countries
May 2011 Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker
October 2008 Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Jean Asselborn
September 2007 Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker
May 2006 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Jean Asselborn

 

Agreements

Economic Relations

 

Trade

Trade between Estonia and Luxembourg is modest. In 2015 exports to Luxembourg totalled 2.2 million euros in value, while imports totalled 10.6 million euros in value. The trade balance was negative by 4.79 million euros.
Primary articles of export in 2015 were vehicles and means of transport (86.4%) and other industrial products (3.1%).
Primary articles of import in 2015 were metals and metal products (61.8%), plastic and rubber products (16%).



Trade 2007-2015 (in millions of euros)

Year

Exports

Imports

2007

1,6

12,7

2008

2,7

11,2

2009

0,5

7,9

2010

0,5

7,5

2011

1,2

8,1

2012

   1,2 8,1

2013

1,01

11,65

2014 7,77 12,56
2015 2,2 10,6

Source: Statistics Estonia

Investments

As of 31 December 2015, Luxembourg had made direct investments in Estonia totalling 540 million euros (according to the data of Bank of Estonia), which made up 3.1% of all direct investments in Estonia. That makes Luxembourg the 8th biggest investor in Estonia. 

As of 31 December 2015, Estonia's direct investment position in Luxembourg was 10.2 million euros (0.2% of all direct investments made abroad). Compared to 2013, Estonia's investments in Luxembourg had increased by 11.7 million euros.

Tourism

On average around 1000 tourists from Luxembourg are hosted per year in Estonia. Main destinations are in addition to Tallinn also Tartu and Pärnu county. Around 9000-10 000 Estonians visit Luxembourg per year.

Cultural relations

Cultural relations between Estonia and Luxembourg are developing, thanks to the Luxembourgish Estonian Society and the Estonian and Luxembourgish Embassies. In October 2017, Estonia was the focus of the Central and Eastern European Film Festival CinEast taking place in Luxembourg.

Within the past few years, concerts have been given in Luxembourg by Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste together with the Argentinean Pipi Piazolla; Vox Clamantis and Olav Ehala; Andres Mustonen and Ivo Sillamaa; as well as Ultima Thule, Vennaskond, and Abrahams Cafe. The documentary “The Singing Revolution”, about Estonia regaining its independence, has been screened in Luxembourg. The Pascal Schumacher Quartet from Luxembourg performed within the framework of the Nargen Festival in Estonia; the film “A Town Named Panic”, created in co-operation by Luxembourg, Belgium and France, has been shown during the Black Nights Film Festival.

In March 2014, a literary meeting with Andrus Kivirähk took place. In October, the Estonian film "Kirsitubakas" (Cherry Tobacco) participated in the 7th International CinEast Film Festival in Luxembourg.

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