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Estonian Ambassador to Belgium Toomas Tirs presents credentials
On Tuesday, 11 September, Estonia’s new Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Toomas Tirs presented his credentials to King Philippe of Belgium.
In the discussion that followed the ceremony, Ambassador Tirs and King Philippe affirmed the excellent relations between the two countries, including close cooperation in NATO. “The Belgian Air Force is contributing to NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission and Belgium is also a member of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence based in Tallinn,” Ambassador Tirs said.
They also discussed Estonia’s expertise in e-governance and opportunities for cooperation in other areas. “Belgians have a well-functioning ID card structure and services. We could cooperate both at the federal and local level,” Tirs explained. Estonia is also currently updating its cooperation programmes with the Flemish and the Walloon regions.
Ambassador Tirs and King Philippe also talked about how Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary and how cultural cooperation has become even closer thanks to the Estonia 100 international programme events taking place in Belgium.
Ambassador Toomas Tirs has graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied business management. He has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia since 2007. Tirs has held different positions in the political department, external economic and development cooperation department, and the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU. In 2015, Tirs worked as a national expert at the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and from 2016-2018 as the head of logistics for Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. Tirs is also the head of administration at the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU.
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