Posts tagged as Kaljulaid

President Kaljulaid to travel to Latvia and Lithuania

Monday, March 1, 2021

President Kersti Kaljulaid will be leaving on Tuesday on a working visit to Rīga, from which she will continue on that same evening to Vilnius. The trip will fall on the centenary of diplomatic ties between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and is designed to reinforce relations and boost cooperation between the three Baltic States. “Latvia and Lithuania will always be our closest friends, because of the space and the history…

President Kaljulaid: Three Seas Initative does not compete with EU

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid confirmed that the Three Seas Initative (3SI), a forum of twelve states on the coasts of the Baltic, Adriatic and the Black Sea, does not compete with the European Union but is rather attempting to bring the region’s countries to the levels of Western European states. Kaljulaid told ETV’s foreign news show “Välisilm” on Monday that the3SIwill not create divides between Western and Eastern Europe. The president…

Kaljulaid discussed pension reform with Ratas, Helme and Aeg

Thursday, February 6, 2020

On Wednesday, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) and Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) to discuss pension reform. “In recent months, a number of different analyses have been commissioned and carried out, highlighting both the pros and cons and possible constitutional contradictions of the reform. Regarding this issue, I have met with former presidents of the Supreme Court and…

Kaljulaid: Estonia will work towards reducing tensions in Middle East

Thursday, January 9, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid reiterated support for the United States’ actions in Iran but said Estonia would be working to deescalate tensions in the region going forward including within the framework of the UN Security Council and working with allies. Writing on Facebook after a meeting on Wednesday morning with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre), Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa), Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa), and  Riigikogu foreign…

Kaljulaid meets Ukrainian president

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with President Kersti Kaljulaid at Kadriorg in Tallinn on Tuesday during a one-day visit to Estonia. Later in the day, Zelensky will meet with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and the Speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas. The Ukrainian head of state, together with his Estonian colleague and Commander of the Defense Forces Martin Herem will visit a military field hospital developed in cooperation between the…

Kersti Kaljulaid: Europe needs to contribute more to its defense

Friday, November 15, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is attending the Paris Peace Forum, said Europe must make a greater contribution to preventing local conflicts in addition to transatlantic cooperation, ERR reported on Wednesday. ERR correspondent Epp Ehand spoke to Kaljulaid from Paris after the president met with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron’s recent statement about NATO, where he said he was angry at the behavior of the U.S. and Turkey and said that…

Kaljulaid invites Putin to Estonia

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Tuesday sent an invitations to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, and Hungarian President Janos Adertoto attend the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in Tartu this summer, the President’s Office said. Kaljulaid first discussed the topic with Putin when she met him in Moscow earlier this year, but it was not known if a formal invitation had been issued for him…

President Kaljulaid meets Donald Trump at UN lunch reception

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid lunched with United States President Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday. The Estonian president is in New York this week attending a variety of events in connection with the UN General Assembly, which is convening for its 74th session. The president mentioned her gratitude that the U.S. leader had raised the issue of minority and women’s rights at his speech at the lunch. Polish president Andrzej…

Kaljulaid: Better roads more important than internet to life in countryside

Thursday, September 19, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid believes improving roads is a higher priority to helping develop life in the countryside than high-speed internet, she told regional newspaper Lõuna Leht. In an interview published on Thursday with the newspaper Lõuna Leht (link in Estonian), the president said people working in the countryside occasionally need to get to town “in clean shoes and clothes,” emphasizing that normal roads are “much more important than ultrafast internet.”…

President Kaljulaid in two-day official visit to Slovenia

Monday, September 2, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is on an official visit to Slovenia from Monday, her office reports. The main aims of the visit are to deepen ties between the two nations and to promote business links. The president’s foreign policy adviser Lauri Kuusing noted the two countries are similar in size and are both somewhat on the periphery of the EU, adding that communications between Estonia and Slovenia, which both joined the…