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Estonian Ambassador to France Presents Credentials


No. 380-E

Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of France Sven Jürgenson presented his credentials to French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday, 3 December.

Ambassador Sven Jürgenson stated that Estonia-France bilateral relations are good and close. There are certainly more opportunities to develop them even further, first and foremost in the defence co-operation sector. “The agreement between France and Estonia regarding the European IT agency bring created will certainly intensify IT-related co-operation between the countries,” said Ambassador Jürgenson. When talking about Estonia-France cultural relations, the ambassador noted that in the fall of 2011 an Estonian cultural festival will take place in Paris and the surrounding region.

In the discussion that followed the credential presentation ceremony, Ambassador Sven Jürgenson thanked the president of France for France’s active participation in the NATO air policing mission and also recognised France’s role in starting up the NATO air policing mission.

Ambassador Sven Jürgenson was born in Tartu in 1962. He graduated from the information processing department of Tallinn Polytechnic Institute. He started doing diplomatic work in 1991, when he went to work for the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki. From 1993-1995 Sven Jürgenson worked at the Estonian Embassy in Vienna. From 1995-1996 he was the director of the Foreign Ministry’s division for international organisations and security and the deputy director of the political department. From 1996-1998 Sven Jürgenson was the director general of the political department while also serving as the Estonian ambassador to Turkey residing in Tallinn. From 1998-2000 he was the Estonian ambassador to the UN and from 2000-2003 Jürgenson served as the ambassador to the United States. From 2003-2006 Sven Jürgenson was the Foreign Ministry undersecretary for political affairs. Before assuming his current position Jürgenson worked in the Chancellery of the President as an outside counsellor. The ambassador speaks English, German, French, Finnish and Russian.


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