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14.01.2002|Foreign Ministry

Current Situation at the Negotiations with the European Union

- Spanish Presidency - Current status of membership negotiations between Estonia and the EU - Current status of open chapters Estonia began membership negotiations with the European Union on 31 March 1998, thus negotiations have lasted for three years. Spanish Presidency Spain holds the...
03.12.2001|Foreign Ministry

Statement by Minister Ilves at the Ninth OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Bucharest

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Foreign Minister of Estonia The events of September 11 have changed the context in which the OSCE operates. Terrorist attacks have rendered the distinction between so-called "soft" and "hard" security risks obsolete. Security risks that used to be characterized as "...
28.11.2001|Foreign Ministry

Estonia Closed Provisionally the Chapter of Competition Policy

The fourteenth round of Estonia's accession negotiations on the level of chief negotiators was held in Brussels on Wednesday, November 28. Estonian delegation was lead by Deputy Under-Secretary of the Estonian MFA Alar Streimann and the EU delegation lead by Ambassador of Belgium to the EU...
27.11.2001|Foreign Ministry

NATO's Secretary General Lord George Robertson to visit Estonia

On Thursday, 29 November, Secretary General of NATO Lord George Robertson will arrive in Estonia for a one-day visit. On Lord Robertson's agenda are meetings with President Arnold Rüütel, Prime Minister Mart Laar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Minister of Defence Jüri...
15.11.2001|Foreign Ministry

Estonia hails the Progress Report of the European Commission

The European Commission made public the Regular Report on Estonia and other EU candidate countries on Tuesday, November 13. According to Estonian Foreign Minister Toomas Hendrik Ilves the report is a fair and mostly positive assessment of Estonia's progress. "We are satisfied that the European...
12.11.2001|Foreign Ministry

Support for NATO membership on the rise in Estonia

Warranting Estonia's security and joining NATO are among the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Estonia. Within the Membership Action Plan (MAP) to prepare for NATO membership, Estonia's Annual National Programmes (ANP) contains among other priorities a task to notify the...
12.11.2001|Foreign Ministry

Statement by Minister Ilves at the IV WTO Ministerial Conference in Qatar

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia Only two years ago, in Seattle, Estonia was the newest, the 135th member of the World Trade Organization. By now, the membership has expanded significantly, reaching 144 after the accession of China and Taiwan. The...
08.11.2001|Foreign Ministry

Estonia may get US$6.5 million from the USA for its preparations to join NATO

The U.S. House of Representatives approved with a large majority the decision to set aside a total of US$55.5 million to seven NATO candidate countries for their preparations to join the alliance. According to the decision Estonia could receive a chance to get a share of 6.5 million dollars. In...
31.10.2001|Foreign Ministry

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to visit Estonia

On Monday afternoon 5 November, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is expected on a two-day visit. The Prince of Wales will meet with President of the Republic Arnold Rüütel, Prime Minister Mart Laar, and Mayor of Tallinn Tõnis Palts and take a walk in the Old Town. President Rüütel will also...
25.10.2001|Foreign Ministry

Foreign Minister Ilves: the changed international situation confirms the appropriateness of foreign policy choices of Estonia

Foreign Minister Toomas Hendrik Ilves today addressed the Estonian parliament the Riigikogu, on behalf of the Government of Estonia, in which he analyzed the basic guidelines of Estonian foreign policy. Foreign Minister Ilves stated that during the half a year which has passed since the previous...

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