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13.02.2019|Foreign Ministry

How media can help integration in diverse societies

Lamberto Zannier High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Today marks the launch of the “Tallinn Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in the Digital Age”- issued by my Institution, the OSCE High Commissioner on...
12.02.2019|Foreign Ministry

The presentation of the Government at the foreign policy debate in Riigikogu

The presentation of the Government at the foreign policy debate in Riigikogu Foreign Minister Sven Mikser Honourable Chair, honourable Riigikogu, dear guests, Let me begin by looking back in history. In addition to celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Republic of Estonia, last...
02.02.2019|Foreign Ministry

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser speech to celebrate the anniversary of the Treaty of Tartu

Ladies and gentlemen, Today, as we remember the Estonian War of Independence and the Treaty of Tartu that ended it, allow me to look at the past but also touch upon the present and what lies ahead. It is symbolic that the centenary celebrations of Estonian statehood that began as early as a year...
20.12.2018|Foreign Ministry

Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration - Explanation of Vote by ESTONIA (after the vote) by Ambassador Sven Jürgenson

Madame President, Allow me, first, to commend the work of the co-facilitators Ambassador Gómez Camacho and Ambassador Lauber as well as the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Ms Louise Arbour for their leadership in this process. Migration is a global phenomenon that requires...
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02.03.2018|Foreign Ministry

Address by Foreign Minister Sven Mikser at an outdoor ceremony on Paide’s central square commemorating Estonian Independence Day, 24 February 2018

Dear people of Estonia, distinguished guests, My dear fellow citizens of the city of Paide, Today we mark the passage of a century since the day on which the independent Republic of Estonia was declared. As Paide citizens, we can be proud that our hometown is one of the places where the...
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...


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