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Estonian Ambassador to Switzerland Presents Credentials

24.10.2012

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On Thursday, 18 October, Estonia's new ambassador to the Swiss Confederation Gert Antsu presented his credentials to President of Switzerland Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. Ambassador Antsu resides in Brussels.

In the conversation that followed the presentation of credentials, Estonian Ambassador Gert Antsu and Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf discussed bilateral relations between their countries. The Swiss president expressed interest in recent developments in Estonia's economic and financial situation.

The Estonian ambassador and president of Switzerland also talked about co-operation and Estonia's experiences in the IT sector, including with e-elections. “Every Estonian citizen has a little bit of Switzerland in his pocket, since our ID cards are made by a Swiss company,” said Ambassador Antsu.

The two also discussed Estonia-Swiss relations and co-operation in the context of the European Union.

Gert Antsu was born on 20 October 1974 in Pärnu. He graduated from Tartu University with a degree in political science and later studied at the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland.

Gert Antsu worked in the European integration division/European Union secretariat of the State Chancellery starting in 1997. From 2004-2008, Antsu was the director of European Union affairs at the State Chancellery. Starting in 2008 Gert Antsu was the deputy director for Coreper I affairs at Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the European Union. Gert Antsu has given lectures on European Union topics at Tallinn University, the Estonian Business School, Tartu University, and the Estonian School of Diplomacy. As of September 2012 Antsu is the Estonian ambassador to Belgium.

The ambassador speaks English, French, Russian, Danish, German, and Polish.

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