According to Jorma Sarv, head of the selection committee, the competition was both interesting and unique in that it was designed to gather ideas from people from very different walks of life. “This is a good example of how we can pull together a high-level international programme in a couple of years that will reach out to different corners of Europe and in some cases even farther,” said Sarv. “On the whole I am very positive and excited about the projects that were selected and also that we can join forces to promote Estonia abroad.”
One of the key criteria in the selection process was cooperation with a strong foreign partner who would contribute to making the event a success. Events in the international programme will receive a total of 2.9 million euros in funding.
Programme open to all
The projects that have been selected to date will make up but one part of the international programme and events abroad. Others who plan on organising events that will help highlight Estonia around the world during this period are also welcome to add their events to the Estonia 100 and EU Presidency international programme. This will allow the organisers to use the Estonia 100 and EU Presidency logos and benefit from the Estonia 100 communications work.
2018 will mark 100 years since the establishment of the Republic of Estonia. This will be one of the most prominent milestones in Estonia’s history. The centenary celebrations in Estonia will begin in April 2017 and run through to February 2020, while the international programme will be launched in the second half of 2017 when Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union and will continue throughout 2018. Most of the events will be held in Europe although part of the programme highlighting Estonia will reach even farther to countries such as Japan, the United States, Canada and China.
More information on the Estonia 100 centenary celebrations and programme is available at ev100.ee.
More information on Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is available at www.eu2017.ee.
For more information:
Director of the Estonia 100 and EU Presidency international programme
The list of the events is available here (in Estonian)