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Estonian Ambassador to France Presented Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana IV Class to High French State Official Emmanuel Barbe


No. 90-E

On Wednesday, 11 April, Estonian Ambassador to France Sven Jürgenson presented French Deputy Secretary General of European Union Affairs Emmanuel Barbe with the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana IV Class.

Ambassador Sven Jürgenson thanked the French deputy secretary general of European Union affairs for promoting co-operation between Estonia and France. “Emmanuel Barbe helped with the agreement between the two countries to establish the European Union IT agency in Tallinn, and for this he has earned high recognition from the Republic of Estonia,” said Ambassador Jürgenson in his speech after presenting the order.

Kristo Põllu, a counsellor for internal affairs at the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU who participated in the presentation of the order, highlighted Emmanuel Barbe’s dedicated work for achieving a consensus in negotiations regarding the location of the IT agency.

The joint French-Estonian proposal on the location of the IT agency was confirmed by the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council on 2 December 2010. According to the plans of the European Commission, the agency will start working in December of 2012 and its headquarters will be in Tallinn while the data centres will be in Strasbourg, France and Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria. The IT agency is responsible for the operational management and development of the EU’s large-scale IT systems in the area of security and the management of its communication network.

President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves recognised French Deputy Secretary General of European Union Affairs for the Ministry of Justice Emmanuel Barbe with an order of the Republic of Estonia in February of this year.


Additional information:
Sigrid Kristenprun
Public diplomacy officer
Estonian Embassy in Paris
Tel: (33) 1 56 62 22 04

+372 637 7654


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