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The governments of Estonia and Finland to hold a joint jubilee meeting in Tallinn

02.05.2018

Stenbock House, 30 April

The governments of Estonia and Finland will hold a joint meeting on 7 May in Tallinn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of both countries. Transport links between Estonia and Finland, digital and cultural cooperation, and common interests in the European Union will be discussed at the meeting.

“The two brotherly nations have a strong historical and cultural connection that invites us for ever closer cooperation and urges us to move forward together,” noted Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “So far, The Government of Estonia has never held a joint meeting with a foreign government before and the joint jubilee meeting with the Government of Finland emphasises the special bond of the two nations. At the joint meeting, we will discuss topics that will help the two countries and their people to build more bridges between each other and to reinforce the existing ones.”

The Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel and rail connection will be discussed by the governments in the transport discussion. Cross-border data exchange and development of e-services are discussed as part of the digital cooperation discussion. Cultural and educational cooperation, the role of small languages in the present world, as well as cooperation of our countries in the European Union, primarily in the fields of competition, environment, and trade are to be discussed at the jubilee meeting.

The Republic of Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary this year on 24 February; the Republic of Finland celebrated its 100th year of independence last year on 6 December.

The joint meeting of the governments of Estonia and Finland will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, 7 May at the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu. At 5.15 p.m., the Prime Ministers Ratas and Sipilä will hold a joint press conference at the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Secretary-Generals of the ministries of both countries will also meet on 7 May.


ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

Please notify us of your wish to capture the events associated with the jubilee meeting by 12 p.m. on Friday, 4 May by e-mail press@riik.ee. Make sure to include your name, publication, document number, and the events that you wish to cover.

At 10 a.m.: The meeting of the Secretary-Generals of Estonia and Finland at the Employers’ House of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation (Kiriku 6).
Photographers and operators are able to capture the start of the meeting. We ask the accredited press who wish to capture the start of the meeting to arrive at 9.40 a.m. at the latest.

At 10.40 a.m.: The meeting of Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, and Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, at Stenbock House (Rahukohtu 3).
Photographers and operators are able to capture the start of the meeting. We ask the accredited press who wish to capture the start of the meeting to arrive at 10.20 a.m. at the latest.

At 2 p.m.: the joint meeting of the governments of Estonia and Finland at the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu (Lossi plats 1a).
Photographers and operators are able to capture the taking of the group photo at the White Hall of the Riigikogu (at 1.50 p.m.) and the start of the meeting at the Conference Hall. We ask the accredited press who wish to capture the taking of the group photo and the start of the meeting to arrive at 1.30 p.m. the latest.

At 5.15 p.m.: Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, and Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, will hold a joint press conference at the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Toomkooli 17).
The press conference takes place with simultaneous interpretation in Estonian and Finnish. We ask the accredited press who wish to participate the press conference to arrive at 4.55 p.m. the latest.
The live broadcast of the press conference of the Prime Ministers is available here: https://valitsus.ee/et/pressikonverentsid

Official photos will be available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fkl96fpxryqiydw/AAAw4RQelN_V53GodgeBKx-da?dl=0

Government Communication Unit

Phone +372 693 5710

press@riik.ee

 Istung Tallinnas

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