Estonian Embassy in China :: News and Events http://www.beijing.mfa.ee en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee The European Union sets its sights high on ambitions with China (22/06/2016) http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-757 <h1 class="title"><font class="default"><br></font></h1><div class="lead"><p><font class="default">The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission today adopted a Joint Communication, entitled "Elements for a new EU strategy on China", which maps out the European Union's relationship with China for the next five years.</font></p></div><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission today adopted a <a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/china/docs/joint_communication_to_the_european_parliament_and_the_council_-_elements_for_a_new_eu_strategy_on_china.pdf">Joint Communication</a>, entitled "Elements for a new EU strategy on China", which maps out the European Union's relationship with China for the next five years.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">Federica <strong>Mogherini</strong>, the High Representative/Vice-President, said: <em>"The European Union and China already cooperate on so much: we work together on the global and political issues of our times, such as Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, migration and climate change. But we can and must do more to connect the European Union and China. Our citizens, industries, and organisations can all benefit from a closer, improved, and better-defined EU-China relationship based on shared responsibility. The&nbsp;<a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/china/docs/joint_communication_to_the_european_parliament_and_the_council_-_elements_for_a_new_eu_strategy_on_china.pdf">Joint Communication</a> that we have adopted today will, I am sure, enable our relationship to fulfil its clear potential."</em></font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">The&nbsp;<a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/china/docs/joint_communication_to_the_european_parliament_and_the_council_-_elements_for_a_new_eu_strategy_on_china.pdf">Joint Communication</a> identifies major opportunities for the EU's relationship with China, in particular with the aim of creating jobs and growth in Europe as well as vigorously promoting a greater opening up of the Chinese market to European business, thus contributing to the first priority of President Juncker's Commission.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">Such opportunities include concluding an ambitious and comprehensive agreement on investment, a Chinese contribution to the Investment Plan for Europe (*), joint research and innovation activities, as well as connecting the Eurasian continent via a physical and digital network through which trade, investment and people-to-people contact can flow.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">Looking further ahead, broader ambitions such as a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement can be considered once an ambitious investment agreement between the two sides has been concluded and reforms that level the playing field for domestic and foreign companies have been implemented. In this regard, China must make significant, time-bound and verifiable cuts in industrial over-capacity, notably in the steel sector, to prevent negative consequences from unfair competition. Further strengthening the effectiveness of the EU's Trade Defence Instruments, notably through the swift adoption of the Commission's Trade Defence Instruments modernisation proposal of April 2013, is key. The EU will continue to support China's economic and social reform programme through its many dialogues with China so that the country can reap the full benefits of market-led reform, including by eliminating state-induced economic distortions and reforming state-owned enterprises.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">The&nbsp;<a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/china/docs/joint_communication_to_the_european_parliament_and_the_council_-_elements_for_a_new_eu_strategy_on_china.pdf">Joint Communication</a> also highlights opportunities for closer cooperation and partnership between the EU and China in the fields of foreign and security policy. Building on the positive experience of the Iran nuclear talks, the European Union and China should work more closely together in order to resolve international conflicts and foreign policy priorities both bilaterally and in multilateral contexts such as the UN system and in the G20. Issues of a global nature like migration, international development assistance, the environment and fighting climate change can only be resolved through a global response, and for this reason a collaborative EU-China relationship is crucial.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">The EU's engagement with China will be principled, practical and pragmatic, staying true to its interests and values, in particular adherence to international rules and norms, and respect for human rights. The EU should continue to work cohesively and effectively as a coherent block to achieve ambitious objectives on behalf of European citizens.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">The Joint Communication will now be presented to the Council and to the European Parliament.</font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default"><strong>Background:</strong></font></p><font class="default"> </font><p><font class="default">The European Commission's last Communication on China in 2006 was adopted a decade ago. The EU and China have both undergone considerable changes since then. China is becoming more present in all regions of the world, economically and politically. This new reality calls for a fresh EU narrative that recognises the need to deal with these new developments. The EU's new strategy therefore sets out to promote EU interests and underline EU values in its relationship with China for the next five years.</font></p><font class="default"> </font> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:12:13 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-757 Estonian Government on the British Referendum: British ‘No’ to EU is a Great Loss http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-751 <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand expressed their regrets over the Brits’ decision to vote for leaving the European Union in yesterday’s referendum.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“Of course we respect the democratic choice of the Brits, but this doesn’t change the fact that their decision to leave the European Union is a disappointment. We must draw our conclusions for the whole of Europe from the British referendum and work hard so that we do not lose the unity of the European Union. The unity of the West and our ability to act together is important for all of us,” Prime Minister Rõivas said.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“It is important for us that the strong relationship between the EU and the UK should continue, and we do not want the referendum to be followed by a long period of political uncertainty and economic instability,” he explained.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Minister of Foreign Affairs Kaljurand stressed on that the result of the referendum does not change anything overnight for the citizens of Estonia who are staying in, or planning to travel to, Great Britain. The United Kingdom will remain a member of the European Union until a possible application to leave is submitted and the exit process carried out, ending in a departure treaty.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“A final exit from the European Union is likely to take several years, and the determination of future relationships even longer. The referendum has no impact on the membership of the British in other organisations, including their contribution to the security of Estonia as a member of NATO,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs added.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18.2px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Prime Minister Rõivas said the economic risks resulting from the referendum need to be minimised. “The institutions of the European Union and the United Kingdom must do everything needed to stabilise the situation and to minimise the economic impact for the states, economies and financial institutions of the Eurozone,” said the Prime Minister.<br><br>Source: www.vm.ee<br></span> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:09:21 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-751 Foreign Minister Kaljurand at the e-Governance Conference: Estonia contributes to the enhancement of international security in cyberspace http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-743 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2px; font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said today, speaking at the E-Governance Conference in Tallinn, that Estonia considers cyber security and the development of information and communication technologies and e-governance to be very important both when chairing the Council of Europe, as well as during the Presidency of the European Union. Estonia also participates as a core member of the international Freedom Online Coalition, whose aim is the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the Internet.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2px; font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">In her speech, the Foreign Minister called on nations to join the National Cyber Security Index presented by the E-Governance Academy. “In the interest of international and national cyber security, we must use every opportunity to raise nations’ cyber security capabilities. It is in the interests of both governments and people. The index is yet another of Estonia’s contributions to increase international security in cyberspace,” Kaljurand said.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2px; font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Kaljurand also acknowledged the role of the E-Governance Academy in sharing Estonia’s e-experience.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span title="&quot;E-riigi Akadeemia on viinud läbi projekte enam kui viiekümnes riigis, sealhulgas mitmetes meie arengukoostöö sihtriikides,&quot; ütles Kaljurand." style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit;">“The E-Governance Academy has carried out projects in more than fifty countries, including several of our development cooperation priority countries,” Kaljurand said.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span title="Tema sõnul on Eesti eesmärk teadvustada laiemalt IKT ja e-valitsemise rolli Euroopa Liidu arengukoostöös. " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit;">According to the Foreign Minister, Estonia's goal is to raise awareness of the role of ICT and e-governance in the European Union's development cooperation.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2px; font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Segoe, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“The successful implementation of ICT solutions requires a legal framework and the readiness of governments to implement technologies. We must strive towards a situation where ICT is not only the domain of wealthier countries,” Kaljurand stressed.</p> Mon, 30 May 2016 23:54:12 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-743 EU Concerns about the Human Rights situation in China (24/05/2016) http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-741 <div align="left"><div align="left"><div class="cont"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Recalling their joint statement of 29 January, the European Union and its Member States are glad to learn that lawyer Zhang Kai and legal assistant Gao Yue have been released from criminal detention. However, a large number of human rights lawyers and defenders connected to the 9 July 2015 crackdown are still held in custody or kept incommunicado. Accusations of ‘subversion of state power’ or incitement to subversion deny the nature of the work of these human rights defenders, which involves advocating the promotion and protection of rights guaranteed under the Chinese Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We call for full transparency and the respect for due process in these cases, which should lead to the release of the individuals concerned. Those detained still have not been allowed access to lawyers of their own choosing or visits from their relatives. Legal deadlines for judicial decisions in these cases have been repeatedly deferred, thus prolonging the current state of uncertainty.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We also note with concern that lawyers seeking to defend these individuals have reportedly been threatened with the cancellation of their licenses to practise law. We are also aware of numerous instances where family members of these individuals have been prevented from travelling abroad, while others have been intimidated and told to stop publicly advocating on behalf of their detained relatives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We urge China to live up to its international human rights obligations, not least respect for the right to freedom of expression, and its stated commitment to build the rule of law.</p> </div><a name="top"></a><a name="top"></a></div><a name="top"></a></div> <div class="left-sidebar"> <div class="nav-box"> <br> </div> </div> <h2 class="headline"> </h2><div class="main"> <div class="inner-content"> <h2 class="headline"> <span><strong>欧盟对中国的人权状况表示担忧&nbsp;(24/05/2016)</strong></span> </h2> <div class="cont"> <p style="text-align: justify;">欧洲联盟 及其成员国忆及1月29日发表的联合声明,对律师张凯和律师助理高月已经获释一事表示欣慰。但是仍有大量与2015年7月9日的大规模抓捕事件相关的人权 律师和人权维护者处在被关押或被隔离的状态;欧盟对此依旧表示十分担忧。相关人权维护者倡导促进和保护《中华人民共和国宪法》和《世界人权宣言》所保障的 人权,考虑到他们的工作性质,被控“颠覆国家政权”或“煽动颠覆国家政权”的罪名有欠理据。</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">欧方呼吁中方在处理这些案件时做到充分透明并尊重适当程序。如果中方做到以上,相关人士应得到释放。被拘留人士仍然无法自主选择律师并获得帮助,其亲属亦不被允许前往探访。必须对这些案件做出司法裁决的最后期限遭到反复推延,导致当下充满不确定性的情形持续演进。</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">欧方还关切地注意到,一些报道指出,试图为被拘留人士辩护的律师多次被威胁取缔律师执照。欧方还获悉,被拘留人士的亲属曾多次出国受阻,还有人曾被恐吓,勒令停止公开对被拘留的家人表示支持。</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">我们敦促中方履行其国际人权义务,尤其是保障言论自由以及中国依法治国的方针。</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:12:11 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-741 Foreign Minister Kaljurand: in order to guarantee cyber security, states must have a strategy and willingness to cooperate http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-739 <p>Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand emphasized today in her speech at the Cyber 2016 conference organised by the Chatham House think tank in London, that cyber security is an area in which it is not feasible to achieve results without international cooperation. “Although there is no rule of international law that obliges countries to cooperate, this is the whole idea of the United Nations Charter. By transcending ideological differences, we need to reach joint action. This is true both in cyberspace and in the physical world," Foreign Minister Kaljurand said. ...[<a href="/news_and_events/aid-739">Continue reading</a>]<br></p><br> Tue, 24 May 2016 00:26:28 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-739 The Ambassador of Estonia to China, Mr. Toomas Lukk met with the Vice-President of NCPA, Mr. YANG Jingmao http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-706 <div><p><font class="default">On Tuesday, January 18th, the Ambassador of Estonia to China, Mr Toomas Lukk met with the Vice-President of the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mr YANG Jingmao.</font></p></div><div><p><font class="default">Ambassador and the Vice-president discussed<b> upcoming performances of Estonian Conductor Mr Kristjan Järvi,</b> who has been hailed by New York Times as "a kinetic force on the podium, like Leonard Bernstein reborn." Estonian-born and American-raised conductor Kristjan Jarvi and the China NCPA Orchestra will perform Doctor Atomic symphony &amp; Shostakovich symphony No.7 at <b>Concert</b> <b>Hall of NCPA on February 19th, 2016</b>.</font></p><p><font class="default">Ambassador Lukk and Vice-president Yang also discussed opportunities to for holding an Estonia Day of concerts for Estonian performers at NCPA during the upcoming<b> Estonia Week in China&nbsp; April </b></font><font class="default"><b>25-30, </b></font><font class="default"><b>2016</b>. In addition to musical performances, the week will bring to China opportunities for exciting Estonian culinary experiences as well as for art and design.<br></font></p></div> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:11:35 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-706 Prime Minister Rõivas met with the President and the Minister of Finance of China http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-693 <footer class="submitted"><span content="2015-11-26T15:36:57+02:00"><span content="2015-11-26T15:36:57+02:00">Beijing, China, 26 November 2015<br><br></span></span></footer> <div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><a href="https://valitsus.ee/sites/default/files/styles/1024x/public/news-cover-images/xi-7166_0.jpg?itok=qokofBet" title="Peaminister Rõivas kohtus Hiina presidendiga" class="colorbox init-colorbox-processed-processed cboxElement" rel=""><img src="https://valitsus.ee/sites/default/files/styles/news_detail_cover_image/public/news-cover-images/xi-7166_0.jpg?itok=3vU6jrmc" alt="Peaminister Rõivas kohtus Hiina presidendiga" title="Peaminister Rõivas kohtus Hiina presidendiga" height="143" width="215"></a></div> </div> <div class="caption"> Prime Minister Rõivas met with the President of China </div> </div> <p>Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met with the President Xi Jinping and with Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei in Beijing today within the framework of his visit to China.</p> <p>The meeting with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping focused on economic relations and opportunities to boost cooperation between Europe and Asia.</p> <p>After this, Rõivas met with Minister of Finance of China with whom he discussed specific cooperation projects in the field of energy and the economic environment of Estonia.</p> <p>At the request of the Minister of Finance, Rõivas introduced the cooperation projects of Estonian companies in China and the joint projects of the companies of the two countries in third countries. For example, Eesti Energia discusses funding opportunities for the power plant project based on Enefit oil shale technology in Jordan with the biggest banks of China.</p> <p>Although the meeting lasted longer than initially planned, Lou also felt a lively interest in Estonia’s financial policy, financing of the social system, and reform experience. They also discussed the reforms that ensured the success of the Estonian tax system. At the meeting, Rõivas also invited the Minister of Finance to Estonia and Lou accepted this invitation.</p> <p>In 2010, Forbes mentioned Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei in the list of 30 most influential people in the world. Lou has also been the head of China Investment Corporation with its assets amounting to approximately 650 billion dollars.</p> <p>Photos:<br> Meeting with the President: <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/frfl0sxbzz8zrhh/AAByvz9nH4Ly00FAwergrPWfa?dl=0" class=" icon-external">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/frfl0sxbzz8zrhh/AAByvz9nH4Ly00FAwergrPWfa?dl=0</a><br><br> Meeting with the Minister of Finance: <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rnx0g7v7lf421iw/AAB6hSB_v0ZTYL4aYTEbv5Ara?dl=0" class=" icon-external">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rnx0g7v7lf421iw/AAB6hSB_v0ZTYL4aYTEbv5Ara?dl=0</a></p><p>Source: <a href="/valitsus.ee">valitsus.ee</a></p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rnx0g7v7lf421iw/AAB6hSB_v0ZTYL4aYTEbv5Ara?dl=0" class=" icon-external"><br></a></p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rnx0g7v7lf421iw/AAB6hSB_v0ZTYL4aYTEbv5Ara?dl=0" class=" icon-external"><br></a></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:54:00 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-693 Prime Minister Rõivas discussed economic cooperation with his Chinese colleague Li Keqiang http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-690 <div align="center"><a href="/static/files/017/hiina_likeqiang-5820.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="roivas li" src="http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/static/files/017/t_hiina_likeqiang-5820.jpg" title="roivas li" height="121" hspace="10" border="0" vspace="10" width="182"></a></div><div align="justify"><br>Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met with Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang on September 24 in Suzhou, China, to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries and Estonian companies’ access to the Chinese market. The meeting focused on cooperation in the field of logistics, food industry, as well as tourism and oil shale technologies.<br><br></div> <br><div align="justify">Prime Minister Rõivas said at the meeting that the interest of Estonian companies in China as a target market is currently increasing, and more and more investors are sought among Chinese companies in order to contribute to joint development projects. “We discussed specific cooperation projects, for example, using Port of Tallinn for the transport of Chinese goods, and Omniva’s cooperation with a Chinese large company,” Rõivas said.<br><br>Rõivas confirmed that trade and logistics will remain as an important part of the Estonian economy. China as the world’s largest exporter is currently creating a transport corridor to Europe with the new Silk Road project, and appreciates Estonia’s geographical location and the experience of the logistics companies here. Estonia has the easternmost ice-free ports of the European Union, which enables year-round freight traffic from the East to the West. A good example of the cooperation between the logistics companies of the two countries is the joint company recently created between Omniva and the biggest courier company in China, SF Express, where the logistics of parcels sent from China to Europe is organised through Tallinn Airport.<br><br><br>According to Rõivas, food industry is one of the sectors in Estonia that is deeply interested in China. “Premier of the State Council Li gave a clear signal that China is interested in opening its market to the Estonian agricultural products,” Rõivas said. In December, Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse will visit China together with the companies of Estonian food industry.<br><br>China, having the world’s third-largest oil shale reserves, is interested in the use of the most modern oil shale technology of Eesti Energia, as well as in cooperation on third markets, such as the joint project of Eesti Energia and large companies of China in Jordan.<br><br>While discussing tourism, Rõivas said that although the number of visitors from China is showing rapid growth among tourists visiting Estonia, there are still a lot of growth opportunities. Estonia with its cultural values and pure nature is an attractive destination for the Chinese people. He said that a direct connection between Estonia and China could be established in the longer term.<br><br>Photos from the meeting: <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oy7z7lz05qtjr1r/AADFCiAgsiFCT-WYZU23EJdoa?dl=0">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oy7z7lz05qtjr1r/AADFCiAgsiFCT-WYZU23EJdoa?dl=0</a><br><br>Source: <a href="https://valitsus.ee/en/news/prime-minister-roivas-discussed-economic-cooperation-his-chinese-colleague-li-keqiang">https://valitsus.ee/en/news/prime-minister-roivas-discussed-economic-cooperation-his-chinese-colleague-li-keqiang</a></div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:31:52 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-690 Estonia condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-687 <div align="left"><h4> Estonia strongly condemns last night's terrorist attacks that took place in Paris. In a telephone conversation today with the Ambassador of France in Tallinn, Michel Raineri, Foreign Minister Kaljurand expressed her most heartfelt condolences to family members and the French people. "We stand together with France, in the name of our common values. Estonia expresses solidarity with the French government in the fight against terrorism," Kaljurand said. </h4></div> <p> In a telephone conversation with the Ambassador of France in Beijing Maurice Gourdault-Montagne the Ambassador of Estonia in Beijing Toomas Lukk offered his sincere condolences.</p><p> Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas together with the other EU Heads of State and Government and the leaders of the EU institutions made a joint statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris. <br></p><p>Rõivas emphasised that the joint statement is a clear sign of unrelenting solidarity with France. "Today we stand strong with the French people. Terrorism has no place in our world. We hold human life as our highest value and we can never lose our humanity or disregard our core values no matter who we are nor where we come from. Only united can we move towards safer world for us all," said the Prime Minister. <br></p><p>As a sign of our solidarity with the French people, the Stenbock House (Government Office) is in the French colours. <br></p><p>Estonian flag In Tallinn and in Beijing is at half-staff to commemorate the tragic loss of innocent lives.&nbsp; <br></p><p>Joint statement: <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2015/11/14-joint-eu-statement-terrorist-attacks-paris/ ">http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2015/11/14-joint-eu-statement-terrorist-attacks-paris/ &nbsp;</a> </p> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:31:37 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-687 Joint Estonian Georgian Cultural evening at the Embassy of Estonia http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-685 <img alt="ee-ge" src="http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/static/files/076/ee-ge.jpg" title="ee-ge" border="0" height="416" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="558"> On November 2 the Embassy of Estonia hosted the Minister of Culture of Georgia, H.E. Mr. Michael Giorgadze for a cultural reception.<br>In the presence of the Ambassadors of Estonia and Georgia the guests enjoyed an evening of Georgian wine tasting and took part in the screening of the renowned Georgian film, <b><i>Corn Island</i></b>. <br><br><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:HyphenationZone>21</w:HyphenationZone> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>ZH-CN</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:EnableOpenTypeKerning/> <w:DontFlipMirrorIndents/> <w:OverrideTableStyleHps/> <w:UseFELayout/> </w:Compatibility> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><br> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 03:39:06 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-685 THE BALTIC FILM SUMMER 8-10 JUNE 2015 http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-684 <a name="top"></a><div align="justify"><a name="top"><h6> <font class="alampealkiri2"><i>From June 8 to 10, 2015, the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian embassies in Beijing hosted the very first Baltic Film Summer in Beijing at the Estonian Embassy. </i></font></h6></a><div align="center"><a name="top"></a><p><a name="top"></a><a href="/static/files/016/type_poster_small.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="poster" src="http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/static/files/016/t_type_poster_small.jpg" title="poster" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="10"></a></p></div><br><a name="top"></a><div align="center"><a name="top"></a></div></div> <a name="top"></a><p> </p> <font face="Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="background-color: white;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><br>From June 8 to June 10, the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania offered the Beijing audience a celebration of contemporary Baltic cinema.</span></font></span></font><div style="margin: 0px;"><font face="Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><br>Made up of three beautiful, rich</span></font><font color="#1F497D" face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">,</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;and diverse countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – the Baltic region is known not only for its beautiful lakes, quaint cottages, amber beaches, medieval architecture, ridiculous last names, and midsummer flower crowns. Lithuania</span></font><font color="#1F497D" face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">,</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;Latvia and Estonia </span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">also feature diverse film industries that try to interpret, reflect, and communicate the multifaceted character of the society, culture, and history of the Baltics.</span></font></font></div><div style="margin: 14pt 0px; background-color: white;"><font face="Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="background-color: white;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">For the first time in Beijing, the Baltic Film Summer event invited Beijing audiences to discover the passion and humour of the Baltic</span></font><font color="#1F497D" face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">s</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;through the magic of drama, documentary, short films and animation.</span></font></span></font></div><font face="Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></font><div style="margin: 0px;"><font face="Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b><u>Program</u></b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><u>:</u></span></font></font></div><font face="Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif"><table style="word-wrap: normal;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 0px;"><div style="margin: 0px;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></div></td><td style="padding: 0px;"><div style="margin: 0px;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></div></td></tr><tr><td style="padding: 0px;"><div style="margin: 0px 0px 12pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>Monday, June 8</b></span></font></div><div style="margin: 6pt 0px;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>18.10&nbsp; The Pizzas&nbsp;</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">(</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Picas,</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Latvia 2014, 66 min</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">)</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt 35.45pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Director</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">: Laila Pakalniņa</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt 35.45pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Starring</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">: Pauls Iklāvs, Reinis Stabiņš</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>People do strange things and call them “Pizzas”. Oskars, who is almost 18 years old, and Matiss, who is already 18, work as pizza bakers. It’s a temporary job for them. They have great plans for their future – for example to study at Oxford. But in one evening they turn their lives upside down. It is almost certain that they will both be proven guilty of kidnapping a child...</i></span></font></div><div style="margin: 6pt 0px;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>19.20&nbsp; Risttuules&nbsp;</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">(</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>In the Crosswind, Estonia 2014, 1h30min</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">)</span></font></div><div style="margin: 6pt 0px;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Director</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">:</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">Martti Helde</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Starring</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">: Einar, Hillep, Ingrid Isotamm</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt; background-color: white;"><i>Snowfall in a birch grove, a woman toying with the ribbon of her dress, and wild apple blossoms radiant in the sunlight. The beautiful imagery belies a sinister history in which tens of thousands of Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians were forcibly removed from their homes, separated from loved ones, starved, abused, many exterminated. In black and white tableaux vivants that are at once beautiful as they are tragic, and with passages from actual letters, audiences may begin to understand what happened.</i></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;" align="justify"><font color="#1F497D" face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 12pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>Tuesday, June 9</b></span></font></div><div style="margin: 6pt 0px;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>18.10&nbsp; Estonian Short Films&nbsp;</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">(Estonia&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>2014, 45min</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">)</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Directors:&nbsp;</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">R. Unt, K. Holm,</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Short films and animation “The Master”, “On the Other Side of the Woods”, and “Tik-Tak” present a colorful selection of the acclaimed, award winning, and innovative Estonian art of puppet animation.</i></span></font></div><div style="text-indent: -36pt; margin: 0px 0px 6pt 36pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>19.10&nbsp;&nbsp; The Other Dream Team&nbsp;</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">(</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Lithuania 2012,1h30min,&nbsp;</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i><u>both EN and CN subs</u></i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">)</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Director:&nbsp;</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">Marius Markevicius</span></font></div><div style="text-indent: -42.55pt; margin: 0px 0px 6pt 78pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Starring:</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;S.</span></font><font color="#1F497D" face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">Marciulionis, A.</span></font><font color="#1F497D" face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">Sabonis, R.</span></font><font color="#1F497D" face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">Kurtinaitis</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.</i></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font color="#1F497D" face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 12pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>Wednesday, June 10</b></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>18.00&nbsp; Hong Kong Confidential</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><b>aka AMAYA&nbsp;</b></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">(</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Latvia 2010, 1h35min</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">)</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>Director: Maris Maartinsons</i></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Starring</i></span></font><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>: K. Momoi, A. Mamontovas, Lau Dan</i></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 6pt;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><i>One week in one of the most exotic and picturesque cities of the world. 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After yet another small town concert, Punk ends up spending the night backstage, drunk and alone. When he opens his eyes in the morning, he sees a little girl, who introduces herself as his daughter. Two lost souls set out on life-changing a trip together…</i></span></font></div><div style="margin: 6pt 0px;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><table style="word-wrap: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333330154419px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px;"><font face="Cambria" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" lang="lv">&nbsp;</span></font></div></td><td style="padding: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px;"><font face="Cambria" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" lang="lv">&nbsp;</span></font></div></td></tr><tr><td style="padding: 0px;"><br></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table></font> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:52:12 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-684 What is e-Residency? http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-682 <h3 style="font-size: 20px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: cgsymphonybdbold; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(13, 11, 9); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(245, 246, 249);">“<b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: 20px; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box;">e-Residency offers to every world citizen a government-issued digital identity and the opportunity to run a trusted company online, unleashing the world’s entrepreneurial potential.</b>“</h3> <p><b>What is e-residency? </b></p> <p>The Republic of Estonia is the first country in the world to offer e-residency. Everyone has the opportunity to apply for the secure digital identity provided by the Estonian government – to gain secure access to digital services, to get anything and everything done digitally (sign all documents, launch and manage companies, do banking, encrypt files, etc.).<br></p><p>e-Residents can: <br></p><ul><li>Digitally sign documents and contracts<br></li><li>Verify the authenticity of signed documents<br></li><li>Encrypt and transmit documents securely</li><li>Establish an Estonian company online within a day. At the moment a physical address in Estonia is required, which may be obtained using an external service provider.</li><li>Administer the company from anywhere in the world.</li><li>Conduct e-banking and remote money transfers. Establishing an Estonian bank account currently requires one in-person meeting at the bank, and is at the sole discretion of our banking partners</li><li>Access online payment service providers </li><li>Declare Estonian taxes online. e-Residency does not automatically establish tax residency. To learn about taxation and to avoid double taxation please consult a tax professional.</li></ul>All of these (and&nbsp;<a href="https://e-estonia.com/components/" target="_blank">more</a>)&nbsp;efficient and easy-to-use services have been available to Estonians for over a decade. By offering e-Residents the same services, Estonia is proudly pioneering the idea of a country without borders. <p>Read more at <a href="http://e-estonia.com/e-residents">e-resident.gov.ee</a> or follow us on Twitter @e_Residents</p> <p><b>How to apply?</b></p> <p>The e-Residency online application site: <a href="http://apply.e-estonia.com/">http://apply.e-estonia.com/</a></p> <p>Once the application is approved, just one face-to-face meeting is required to collect the card from one of the <a href="http://vm.ee/en/embassies-and-representations">Estonia’s foreign representations in 34 countries</a> or the <a href="https://www.politsei.ee/en/kontakt/kmb/index.dot">Estonian Police and Border Guard Board service points</a>. </p> <p>For more detailed information regarding the application process</p> <p><a href="https://www.politsei.ee/en/teenused/isikut-toendavad-dokumendid/e-residendi-digi-id">Read more</a></p> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:52:34 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-682 Craft Camp handicraft workshop week during 4-10 July 2015 in Olustvere, Estonia http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-674 <a href="http://www.kultuur.ut.ee/en/craft-camp" target="_blank"><img alt="craft camp" src="http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/static/files/025/cratf_camp_2015_poster.jpg" title="craft camp" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="10"></a> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal">Craft Camp is a Estonian handicraft workshop week during 4-10 July 2015 in Olustvere, Estonia. The camp invites people outside of Estonia to come and learn new skills in a variety of handicraft workshops. The workshops introduce Estonian handicraft by giving an overview of traditional handicraft&nbsp;techniques from Estonia and teach the modern usage of those techniques in workshops like:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>ethnographic crochet laces from Muhu, Setu and Hiiumaa</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>crochet lace motives from Kihnu</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>archaistic embroidery from Mulgi region&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>gloves and mittens from Saaremaa and Runö</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>wristlets in Muhu style</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>plaited ribbons and bone items</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>earrings, rings and brooches of silver&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>birch bark items and nalbinding (looped needle-netting)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span>ceramics and woodwork&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The teachers are all practitioners, the camp is organized by UT Viljandi Culture Academy Estonian Native Crafts Department who is known as a great centre for professional handicraft teaching.&nbsp;The working language of the camp is English. Read more&nbsp;about the workshops at the camp here:&nbsp;<a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kultuur.ut.ee%2Fen%2Fcraft-camp%2Fws&amp;h=KAQGCDmnX&amp;enc=AZMfmtftfCDC0G8QT4lirvOuZ75A2AzKq-dpbWwfOb6SIjZqve4csBXihgPbYI2ot6E&amp;s=1" target="_blank">http://www.kultuur.ut.ee/en/craft-camp/ws</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Early Bird registration (755€)&nbsp;is open until 14th of April. The&nbsp;price from April 15-May 20th is&nbsp;795€and the&nbsp;latest registration time is until 20th May! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The price includes everything in the camp, that is:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- travel from Tallinn to Olustvere and back by private bus,&nbsp;<br> - accomodation for 6 nights at the Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics dormitory.<br> - 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches (field trip lunch to be purchased on their own), 6 dinners<br> - coffee breaks during the workshops<br> - 4 workshops of 6 hours per day, during 4 days<br> - materials and printouts needed in the workshops<br> - culture and Estonian crafts-themed movie programme<br> - including a dinner at the Olustvere Mansion with a concert on Thursday evening<br> - one (guided) field trip of choice to Viljandi, Pärnu or Setomaa&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">More info:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kultuur.ut.ee/en/craft-camp" target="_blank">http://www.kultuur.ut.ee/en/craft-camp</a></p> 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Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img src="http://investinestonia.com/images/photos/relocation_guide_cover_large2.png" alt="" style="box-sizing: border-box;" height="349" width="563"></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; orphans: auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span class="news_date_color" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(128, 128, 128); font-style: italic; font-size: 13px; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></span>Moving to another country can be a little challenging. Finding out where to live, how to manage&nbsp;with the necessary paperwork, where to go out and how to get by in general, usually takes a&nbsp;little research. To welcome all the newcomers and help them settle in smoothly, Estonian Investment Agency&nbsp;has published a special handbook "Destination: Estonia – Relocation Guide".&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; orphans: auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The online book is also a useful tool for all the employers looking to hire foreign specialists to work&nbsp;in Estonia. It covers all the basic subjects from formalities to free time gathered into a beautiful publication with additional links and sources to make relocating to Estonia easy for everyone.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Welcome to Estonia!</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Read the online book from ISSUU:<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://issuu.com/eas-estonia/docs/relocationguide_2014" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(67, 199, 237);">http://issuu.com/eas-estonia/docs/relocationguide_2014</a></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Additional information: Ms. Kristel Kask,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kristel.kask@eas.ee" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(67, 199, 237);">kristel.kask@eas.ee</a></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:34:47 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-666 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: ISIL’s activity also increases security risks in Europe http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-664 <div class="block block-system block-main block-system-main odd block-without-title" id="block-system-main" style="margin: 0px; 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padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;"><div class="field-item even" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;">At today's debate on the security situation in the Riigikogu, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia belongs to the international coalition against the extremist group ISIL (ISIS). “A permanent solution in Iraq will definitely not come through military action alone, rather it is important to reach the point where Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds would be involved in the political process,” the Foreign Minister said. “In order to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the entire Middle East region, we have allocated a total of nearly 1.4 million euros over the past few years.”</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;">The Foreign Minister also warned against radicalization in Europe. He stressed the need to be particularly careful in terms of open internal borders within Europe, in order to exclude such risks in the bud. “Estonia will review its laws in order to prevent the movement of foreign fighters from the Middle East, as well as the financing and supplying of terrorists,” Paet added.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Speaking on the subject of security risks south of Europe, the Foreign Minister stated that security risks originating from the area are increasing. “Despite some positive changes, the Arab spring left a heavy burden in many nations to the south of Europe in the form of internal conflict, especially Libya and Syria,” he added. Commenting on the situation there, the Foreign Minister expressed concern about the impending wave of refugees to South-Eastern Europe. “We consider the strengthening of the European Union's border security agency Frontex and the granting of all manner of assistance to countries at the forefront of the refugee problem to be a necessity,” the Foreign Minister noted.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;">According to the Foreign Minister, Ebola is also a growing threat to the security of the entire world, which calls for decisive action by the entire international community. “If the virus cannot be stopped and it continues to spread at the same pace as today, the number of cases could rise to more than 1.5 million by the end of the year,” the Foreign Minister said. This year, Estonia has supported efforts to stop the spread of Ebola with a total of 100 000 euros.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;">The speech in its entirety:<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://vm.ee/en/news/discussion-changed-security-situation" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(163, 0, 216); text-decoration: none;">http://vm.ee/en/news/discussion-changed-security-situation</a></p></div></div></div></div></article></div></div></div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:59:03 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-664 Who won the European Museum of the Year award and why did Estonian museums refuse to close for the night? http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-650 <p><undefined:undefined:p>From May 14-17, Tallinn played host to the European Museum Forum 2014, culminating in the presentation of the European Museum of the Year Award 2014.</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:hr id="system-readmore"></undefined:undefined:hr> <undefined:undefined:img alt="emya_tallinn_cropped" width="322" height="91" src="http://estoniaeuadm.estonia.eu/images/emya_tallinn_cropped.jpg" style="float: right;"></undefined:undefined:img> <undefined:undefined:p>This year's Museum Forum programme can seen here: <undefined:undefined:a href="http://www.emya2014.eu/Programme"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.emya2014.eu">http://www.emya2014.eu</a>.</undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p><undefined:undefined:a href="http://www.emya2014.eu/Programme">Programme</undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The European Museum of the Year award has been presented since 1977 and the impressive list of winners over the years can be seen running down the right hand side of the European Museum Forum's web page: <a target="_blank" href="http://europeanmuseumforum.info/emya.html"><undefined:undefined:a href="http://europeanmuseumforum.info/emya.html">http://europeanmuseumforum.info/emya.html</undefined:undefined:a></a>.</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The list of this year's nominees was also long and prestigious: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.emya2014.eu/Nominations"><undefined:undefined:a href="http://www.emya2014.eu/Nominations">http://www.emya2014.eu/Nominations</undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p>. <undefined:undefined:p>But before introducing this year's winner, an unusual occurance happened on the same night in museums all over Estonia... They call it Muuseumiöö, the Night of Museums, and it also featured English-language tours: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.muuseumioo.ee/en"><undefined:undefined:a href="http://www.muuseumioo.ee/en">http://www.muuseumioo.ee/en</undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>All together, an estimated 75 000 people attended Museum Night in Estonia according to Estonian Public Broadcasting in English <a target="_blank" href="http://news.err.ee/v/Culture/b9d0192f-58c8-4cda-8ae0-0b392a88cf38"><undefined:undefined:a href="http://news.err.ee/v/Culture/b9d0192f-58c8-4cda-8ae0-0b392a88cf38">http://news.err.ee/v/Culture/b9d0192f-58c8-4cda-8ae0-0b392a88cf38.</undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p>And the award went to.... Well, you can watch the awards ceremony and find out: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgLijXo0WaI"><undefined:undefined:a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgLijXo0WaI">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgLijXo0WaI</undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>But we'll cut to the chase and let you in on the fact that he European Museum of the Year Award 2014 went to Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey <a target="_blank" href="http://www.masumiyetmuzesi.org/?Language=ENG"><undefined:undefined:a href="http://www.masumiyetmuzesi.org/?Language=ENG">http://www.masumiyetmuzesi.org/?Language=ENG</undefined:undefined:a></a>.</undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p>Mr Pamuk was in Tallinn to receive the award:</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>ETV Interview: Turkish Nobelist Pamuk on Museums, Memory and Melancholy<undefined:undefined:a href="http://news.err.ee/v/Culture/e430cd0d-4cde-40f5-9468-761ebe615f98"> <a target="_blank" href="http://news.err.ee/v/Culture/e430cd0d-4cde-40f5-9468-761ebe615f98">http://news.err.ee/v/Culture/e430cd0d-4cde-40f5-9468-761ebe615f98</a></undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The list of all the award-winners and special commendations can be seen at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.emya2014.eu/index.php?page=207"><undefined:undefined:a href="http://www.emya2014.eu/index.php?page=207">http://www.emya2014.eu/index.php?page=207</undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>Tallinn's own Lennusadam / Seaplane Harbour of the Estonian Maritime Museum received special commendation "For the impressive maritime atmosphere with spectacular, theatrical exhibition design beautifully integrated into the building and for the evident central position of the visitor at the heart of the online experience which allows them to download information whilst walking through the exhibition."</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>When in Tallinn, you must come and see this extraordinary new museum, which opened in spring 2012:<undefined:undefined:a href="http://lennusadam.eu/en/"> <a target="_blank" href="http://lennusadam.eu/en/">http://lennusadam.eu/en/</a></undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>&nbsp;</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>&nbsp;</undefined:undefined:p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:27:37 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-650 Daily Dozen with New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-646 <p>On the occasion of the April 15th opening of Jaanika Peerna's first solo exhibition in Espoo, Finland, online magazine <a href="http://www.arterritory.com">www.arterritory.com</a> (Baltic, Russian and Scandinavian art territory) interviewed Estonian-born, New York-based artist Jaanika Peerna, who is currently spending a year in Berlin.</p> <p><a href="http://estoniaeuadm.estonia.eu/news/542-daily-dozen-with-new-york-based-estonian-artist-jaanika-peerna">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:51:26 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-646 Foreign minister Urmas Paet: we wish to improve Estonian entrepreneurs’ opportunities in Central Asia http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-645 <div class="submitted"> 27.03.2014 </div> <p>Foreign minister Urmas Paet who is on a visit to Uzbekistan with an Estonian business delegation, said today in opening the Estonian-Uzbek business seminar and introducing our businesses in Tashkent, that the goal is to find new ideas to increase the volume of trade between the two countries and to establish direct contacts to develop economic relations between businesses.</p> <p>"We see transport and logistics, as well as oil shale and the timber industry, as possible cooperation fields, but also information technology solutions and the food industry," Paet said. "Estonia is offering a stable economic environment and trustworthy, top-quality and competitive conditions, which are necessary for ensuring regular product flow," he added.</p> <p>In 2013, Uzbekistan was 61st among Estonia's trading partners and trade turnover amounted to 10 million euros, of which the majority or 9,9 million euros, was from export. At the end of 2013, the volume of Uzbek direct investments into Estonia totalled 3.2 million euros.</p> <p>Paet reiterated that the agreement on the avoidance of double taxation between Estonia and Uzbekistan came into force at the end of last year. "We hope to sign an agreement on the protection of investments as soon as possible and are also ready to enter into an international trucking agreement," Paet said at a meeting with Uzbekistan's Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs, Investments and Trade Elyor Ganijev in Tashkent.</p> <p>In Paet's view, Uzbeskitan's integration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) is important and would positively affect the economic development of the country. "We are ready to share our experiences of joining the WTO with Uzbekistan," Paet said during his meeting with Ganijev.</p> <p>Representatives of the following Estonian businesses are accompanying foreign minister Paet on his visit to Uzbekistan: the Port of Tallinn; EVR Cargo Ltd., which is Estonia's largest and the oldest railway freight company; Andmevara Ltd., which deals with registries, databases and information systems development, as well as the development of integrated IT solutions; alcohol producer Liviko Ltd.; Repo Vabrikud Ltd., which manufactures components for the furniture industry (veneer, plywood, panels and boards); FE Metal Works LLC, which manufactures metal constructions for mechanical engineering and building; Morbela LLC, which supplies Mobil lubricants for vehicles; real estate firm Port Arthur Group LLC and Neiser Group LLC, in furniture sales.</p> <p>Members of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Enterprise Estonia are also part of the delegation.</p> <p>Foreign minister Paet will also meet with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in Tashkent.</p> <p><br> PRESS DEPARTMENT<br> <a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a><br> <a href="http://www.vm.ee" title="www.vm.ee">www.vm.ee</a></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:22:47 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-645 Foreign minister Urmas Paet to the ambassadors of EU countries: the unity of the European Union and NATO allies is extremely important in the current security situation http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-644 <p>Foreign minister Urmas Paet said today at a meeting in Tallinn with the ambassadors of European Union member states and EU candidate states appointed to Estonia that given the sudden changes in the security environment of Europe, the cooperation and unity of allies is extremely essential both in the European Union and NATO.</p> <p>Paet said that the European Union and much of the international community have clearly condemned the annexation of one part of Ukraine through the use of military force and an illegal referendum.</p> <p>According to the foreign minister, in order to resolve the crisis it is imperative that the Russian Federation finally begin direct talks with Ukraine and the international community.</p> <p>Paet emphasized the importance of cooperation between the allies in a situation where Russian action in Ukraine has changed the security situation in the whole of Europe.<br> From the point of view of the security situation, a broad-based international presence throughout Ukraine is also very important. "Estonia supports the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and the swift deployment of a European Union observation mission to Ukraine," foreign minister Paet added.</p> <p>Paet said that Ukraine needs the political and economic support of the European Union and NATO to quickly move forward towards European integration. "The first step will be the signing this week of the political chapters of the EU-Ukraine Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Association Agreement at the meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government, the foreign minister said. Paet also considers it important to remove customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union.</p> <p>Paet also emphasized the importance of continued and visible support for the reform efforts of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. "The cooperation and tightening of the relationship between the European Union and its Eastern Partners is very important in the current situation in order to alleviate the security crisis and to add a sense of confidence to all of Europe," he said. "The European Union Association and Free Trade Agreements with Georgia and Moldova must be concluded soon," he added.</p> <p><br> PRESS DEPARTMENT<br> <a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a><br> <a href="http://www.vm.ee" title="www.vm.ee">www.vm.ee/?q=en</a></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:19:05 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-644 The United States and Europe need a new rulebook for Russia http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-643 Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia, writes in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed on the new rules necessary for dealing with Russian aggression and the new security situation that it has created for Europe and the World. The President believes that decisive and united steps must be taken to ensure that future generations do not question why nothing was done and why we didn’t act when so much was at stake. <br><br>You can read full article <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/toomas-hendrik-ilves-the-united-states-and-europe-need-a-new-rulebook-for-russia/2014/03/27/e15dad62-b5bb-11e3-8020-b2d790b3c9e1_story.html">here</a>. <br> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:55:53 GMT http://www.beijing.mfa.ee/frontpage/news_and_events/aid-643