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Estonia's Foreign Policy Objectives

1. Ensuring national security and the indivisibility of security;
stability and predictability of international relations

  • Predictability of international relations and a stable security space
  • Enlarging of the security space, development of partnerships
  • Strong and capable NATO
  • Strong European Union, encompassing an efficient Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) as well as a European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP)
  • Regional stability and cooperation; extensive bilateral cooperation
  • Strong alliance with the U.S.
  • Prevention of international crises as well as crisis management and participation in crisis solving operations
  • Countering of new threats (terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, threats from cyberspace, etc.)

2. Ensuring premises for the functioning of Estonian economy; liberal economic relations and a liberal economic space

  • A Functioning EU internal market
  • Reliability of Estonia’s economy
  • An effective international system for the protection of investments
  • An environment conducive to developing international trade and economic relations

3. Protection of Estonians abroad and in the context of foreign relations

  • Consular protection in countries of residence
  • Promotion of the rights of Estonian citizens abroad (the right to travel, work, stay, etc.)
  • The accessibility of information on consular issues and foreign relations
  • Coping with cross-border problems

4. Estonia’s influence and good reputation

  • Initiative in international organisations
  • Reputation of an innovative state
  • A state that shares its expertise and participates in discussions dealing with global matters
  • Estonia’s good reputation
  • Taking international responsibility and commitment

5. A space of values promoting democracy, human rights, the principles of the rule of law, as well as economic freedom and development

  • Promotion of the norms of international law that seek to further the principles of democracy and the rule of law
  • Promotion of the norms of international law that safeguard human rights
  • Upholding of the freedom of the press
  • Promotion of the development and enlargement of the space of values, as well as of economic freedom and free trade
  • Development cooperation, with partners acknowledging and appreciating common values, for the promotion of foreign policy objectives
  • Provision of humanitarian aid
  • Participation in peacekeeping operations and civilian reconstruction
Last updated: 21 May 2013

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