Today in Kadriorg President Toomas Hendrik Ilves accepted credentials from the Ambassador of Canada, Alain Hausser. The Ambassador of Canada resides in Riga.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expresses his condolences to the next of kin of passengers who died, following the crash today of a Germanwings Airbus A320 passenger airplane in the southern French Alps.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, invited the XIII Riigikogu to its first session, which will take part on 30 March.
"The emergence of right and left wing extremist political forces in Europe and their influence on relations between states, including trans-Atlantic relations, is one of the topics to be discussed in the future," said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at a panel that focused on the future of Europe in the Brussels Forum.
"The crisis in Ukraine is not about a single country; it is about the security of all of Europe. Therefore, Europe must adopt a clear position and demonstrate its decisiveness, determination and strength. Under the current conditions, military support for Ukraine or imposing more severe sanctions on Russia should be discussed. If we decide against this, does Europe have a plan B?" asked President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who is taking part in the high-level Brussels Forum.
On July 19th, 2015 the first national Open Farm Day is to take place, where more than 100 farms and agricultural producers across Estonia are open to receive visitors. Farms interested in participating can sign up until the end of May.
“One has to drive to the countryside for proper food and that is why many farms will open their doors to the public this summer,” said Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar. “There hasn’t been an event of such scale to promote agriculture and rural life in Estonia before.”
According to the Minister of Agriculture, this day could mark the mutual respect of producers and the Estonian people. “National food production is of great value to any state, which is surely appreciated by any food lover. Equally, the farmers find the domestic consumer the most important,” said Padar.
On the first national Open Farm Day on July 19th the visitors will be able to see large and small farms, exciting agricultural technology, various animals and plants. It will be possible to taste real farm food and buy local produce. Each farm has its own programme, displaying the farm’s particularities.
The initiative of the national Open Farm Day was born from cooperation with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Rural Economy Research Centre and Järvamaa Avatud Talud.
Open Farm Days are organised in many countries across the world, including Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Canada, the USA, and many others. Open farm days in Estonia have so far been organised in Järvamaa, Saaremaa and Pandivere.
NB! Farms and agricultural producers are invited to visit the preparatory information day of the Open Farm Day in Jäneda on March 27th. Additional information and registration »
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President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will today depart for a working visit to Belgium to participate, at the invitation of organisers, in the high-level Brussels Forum and discuss the current economic situation, trans-Atlantic relations, security and the future of Europe in general with other influential heads of state and the shapers of foreign policies.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, sent a letter of condolences to the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Beji Caïd Essebsi, in the wake of the terrorist attack at Bardo Museum that claimed the lives of 19 people, including some citizens from the European Union. He expressed his condolences to the next of kin and friends of the victims, as well as the people of Tunisia.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mikk Marran and the Vice Chief of Staff of the German Army Lt. Gen. Jörg Vollmer discussed ways of making the defence-related cooperation between the two countries even closer. Marran said that Estonia is increasing its role in NATO Multinational Corps Northeast up to eight service members and is prepared to host a NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU). Estonia is also prepared to offer permanent training opportunities not just to the US army units but to other nations’ coy-sized units as well, with the German Army one possible participant in the rotation.
“The Estonian government has adopted a decision to appropriate 40 million euros over the next five years to improve allied units’ living and training conditions. We would also welcome a German Army coy to Estonia to carry out training,” said Marran. “At the same time, attention should be paid to ensuring the allied presence in the region is constant, as this is the new normal in the changed security environment.”
Lt. Gen. Vollmer reaffirmed Germany’s support for deterrence measures and, if necessary, ensuring constant presence of NATO army units in Estonia by way of a rotation.
The German Army is one of the main forces contributing to the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast based in Poland. Germany is also one of the main participants in NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), which units Germany has already started training. Germany, along with Norway and the Netherlands, is one of the framework nations of the VJTF in 2015.
Lt. Gen. Vollmer also met with the Deputy Chief of Defence of Estonian Defence Forces Brig. Gen. Artur Tiganik, and visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
On Thursday Lt. Gen. Vollmer visited the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, where he delivered a lecture to the participants of the Senior Leadership Course.
Lt. Gen. Vollmer’s meetings in Estonia come after his visits to Lithuania and Latvia.
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