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Foreign Ministry Preliminary Information: January 27 – February 2, 2014


27.01 Mart Laanemäe, undersecretary for Europe and Transatlantic relations, took part in the Holocaust memorial ceremony at the monument for victims of the Holocaust at Klooga.

27.01-07.02 As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Estonia will participate at the 18th sitting of the working group discussing periodic synoptic reports. The Estonian delegation is headed by Jüri Seilenthal, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva. The reports of Afghanistan, Chile, Vietnam, Uruguay, Macedonia, Slovakia, Eritrea, Vanuatu, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Yemen, Comoros, Cyprus and Cambodia will be discussed.

28.01 The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  is organising the next event in the series “Morning coffee with the Ambassador”, where entrepreneurs have the chance to meet with Clyde Kull, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union regarding COREPER I.
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29.-31.01 Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet is on a visit to Japan. He plans to meet with Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and other Japanese government officials, as well as members of the Japan-Estonia Friendship Group of Diet, the Japanese legislature. Topics of discussion at the meeting will include bilateral relations, including cooperation in the areas of IT and cyber security.  Also on the agenda are Japan’s cooperation with the Baltic Sea States, international cooperation, Japan’s relations with the European Union and the latest developments in both states’ neighbouring countries.

29.01 In Vilnius, Estonian Ambassador to Lithuania Toomas Kukk will officially open the economic and finance themed conference “M&A Market in Lithuania: What can we expect for the Year 2014”. The event is being organised by the Estonian-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce.

29.01 Representatives of the foreign ministry’s consular department will be visiting school in Ida-Viru County: secondary schools in Kiviõli and Ahtme, and speaking on the topic “Travel Wisely”. The consuls will discuss travelling in foreign countries including how to prepare for a trip and what to do, if you need help while abroad and will answer questions regarding studying and working in other countries.

Estonian cultural events in other countries:

28.01-02.02 The film festival DocPoint ( is on in Helsinki. This year’s line-up includes the Estonian documentaries “Paper Town” by Jaak Kilmi, “The Gold Spinners” by Hardi Volmer and Kiur Aarma, and “Project PMR” by Meelis Muhu and Kristina Norman; all of which hail from the documentary series “Estonian Stories”. This year marks the 5th anniversary of cooperation between the Estonian and Finnish DocPoint festivals, which will be duly celebrated.

29.01 The Estonian Consulate General in Saint Petersburg along with Eesti Kontsert and the Ambassador Hotel in St. Petersburg are holding an evening to introduce Saaremaa’s Opera Days. Soprano Kadri Kipper, tenor Oliver Kuusik and baritone Rene Soom will be performing arias from Georg Ots’s repertoire.  Artistic director or the opera festival Arne Mikk will also be on hand. Dmitri Demjanov, along with the Ambassador Hotel’s head chef Dmitri Ivanov will be serving culinary delights.

30.01 Doctor of theology Kaido Soom will be giving a lecture at the Estonian Embassy in Berlin entitled “Religion in Estonia: Between Eastern and Western Europe”. The lecture is part of the series “Academic Evenings at the Embassy”, ongoing since 2012 and is dedicated to the 275th anniversary of the Estonian translation of the Bible.
Kaido Soom is a lecturer at the University of Tartu, lecturing mainly on the topic of confirmation instruction. From 1995 to 2006 Soom was pastor of the Vigala and Kambja church congregations and he regularly contributes to the magazine “Estonian Church”. Soom was granted a scholarship in his area of specialisation and is studying in Berlin until February of this year.

2.02 Artist Leho Rubis’s exhibition of paintings “Garden” will be opened in Cairo. On display will be a dozen large-scale works, the majority of which are portraits. The exhibition is on view at the Ahmed Shawki Museum Gallery in the Giza suburb on the banks of the Nile. Artist Leho Rubis (1975) hails from Paide. He has graduated from the University of Tartu’s department of painting and has also studied art history there.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Estonian Embassy and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.  It is on display for two weeks.

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