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Accreditation information for international conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence

16.08.2011

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence, the Foreign Ministry and the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute have organised a conference on Saturday, 20 August entitled “20.08.1991 – Twenty Years On”. At the conference the former and current government leaders and foreign ministers of the Nordic countries, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia will focus on the experiences gained over the last 20 years as well as new challenges.

Participating in the conference will be former Finnish prime minister Esko Aho, former Polish deputy prime minister Leszek Balcerowicz, former Latvian prime minister Ivars Godmanis, former Icelandic foreign minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, former Russian deputy prime minister Fjodor Shelov-Kovedyaev, Icelandic Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Latvian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis, and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis.

Also dedicated to Iceland’s special role is the concert “Song of Freedom” taking place at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. The concert will feature performances by Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Finnish, Swedish, Russian and Icelandic artists.

The free concert will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Estonia, and also serve as the kick-off event for Iceland Day, which will take place on 21 August. More information: http://www.tallinn2011.ee/_song_of_freedom__to_mark_20th_anniversary_of_...

On 21 August Iceland Day is taking place to emphasise Iceland’s special role in recognising Estonia’s independence. Within the framework of Iceland Day, concerts, exhibits, and other events introducing Iceland’s culture will take place throughout Tallinn. Additional information: http://20.ee/iceland-day


Attention!

On Saturday, 20 August at 12.45 the foreign ministers of Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark and Finland will give a joint press conference in the Teachers’ House in Tallinn.

Attention journalists!

If you would like to cover the foreign policy conference please contact the Foreign Ministry press centre at centre@mfa.ee or by phone at +372 637 7600 or +372 637 7604 no later than 16.00 on 18 August.

Press cards can be picked up from the desk at the guest entrance to the Foreign Ministry (located at Lauteri 2) on 19 August or from the Teachers’ House on 20 August.
 

 

Conference schedule:

9.30 Roundtable panel I “How the situation today reflects our endeavours 20 years ago”
Tallinn Teachers’ House, Town Hall Square 14

11.20 Roundtable panel II “From 1990 to 2030. How well do the lessons of the past 20 years prepare us for the challenges of the next 20 years?”
Tallinn Teachers’ House, Town Hall Square 14

12.45 Joint press conference of the foreign ministers of Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Tallinn Teachers’ House, Town Hall Square 14

 

 

SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE
+372 637 7613
+372 51 1528
pressitalitus@mfa.ee

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