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24.10.2017|Foreign Ministry

Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas at the plenary session of the European Parliament

Dear Madam Chair Cecilia Wikström, honourable members of the CCC, Ladies and Gentlemen It is my great honour to be back here to give an update of the Estonian Presidency, the results achieved and progress made halfway into its term, but also to mark some of the topics that need further attention...
Matti Maasikas
15.09.2017|Foreign Ministry

Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas' reply to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union Address 2017

President Juncker, President Tajani, Honourable Members, Thanks to President Juncker for his ambitious, clear and most of all, thoughtful speech. I am speaking here on behalf of the Estonian Presidency, not the Council that can obviously not have a position on the speech. The last couple of...
16.06.2017|Foreign Ministry

Remarks by Foreign Minister Sven Mikser on EU Integration Perspectives and Expectations of the Associated Eastern European Partners Ahead of the Eastern Partnership Brussels Summit

Your Excellencies, Dear Mr. Kasemets, Ladies and Gentlemen, When Estonia set out to prepare for the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we had a clear timeline ahead of us. The first half of the 2018 had a set agenda, and as you all know, for Eastern Partnership, it was...
15.06.2017|Foreign Ministry

Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas at the Conference of Committee Chairs - The priorities of Estonian Presidency

Today, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to discuss with you our priorities for the second half of the year. The Conference of Committee Chairs and the Council Presidency have a well-established tradition of meeting each other before the start of the Presidency for a broad exchange of views...
09.02.2017|Foreign Ministry


(Delivered version) Honourable President of the Riigikogu, Dear Members of the Riigikogu, Honourable Guests, I will start today’s address on Estonia’s foreign policy directions and objectives with the fundamental values of our policy. I would like to share with you a recollection from more...
02.02.2017|Foreign Ministry

Speech of Foreign Minister Sven Mikser at the Public Ceremony Celebrating the 97th Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty

Honourable President of the Republic, honourable President Arnold Rüütel, President and members of the Riigikogu, ministers, ambassadors, Commander of the Defence Forces, ladies and gentlemen! Today, 2 February 2017, marks the 97th anniversary of the day when a historic peace treaty was signed...
08.12.2016|Foreign Ministry

Address by the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Sven Mikser at the OSCE Ministerial Meeting

Hamburg, December 8-9, 2016 Mr. Chairman, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, It has been a year full of challenges and I would like to pay tribute to my German colleague for his good work throughout this year. Hopefully the discussions in Hamburg will lead us to more cooperation at the OSCE...
11.10.2016|Foreign Ministry

Speech by Foreign Minister Jürgen Ligi, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe, before the Parliamentary Assembly

Strasbourg, 11 October 2016 Distinguished President, Distinguished members of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to address this Assembly in my capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers. The written activity report on the progress achieved under the...
30.08.2016|Foreign Ministry

European cooperation – and why we must defend it

Opinion piece in Svenska Dagbladet 30 August 2016 by Margot Wallström, Marina Kaljurand, Linas Linkevičius, and Edgars Rinkēvičs. We foreign ministers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden are gathered here today in Stockholm to commemorate the fact that it is 25 years since we re-...
20.08.2016|Foreign Ministry

Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand’s video message to Estonian expatriates on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Estonia

Dear friends, Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Republic of Estonia. Surely many of you remember the anxious days in August 1991. Today 25 years ago the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia functioning as a parliament adopted the Resolution on the national...


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