Nearly 400 ideas submitted to promote Estonia abroadPublished: 14.07.2016

The deadline for ideas for international events to be held during the celebration of Estonia’s centenary and the EU presidency fell at the end of June. The aim of the international events is to promote Estonia in other countries during that period. The two calls for ideas resulted in nearly 400 proposals for events in a wide variety of areas such as culture, education, science, entrepreneurship and technology. The selection committee will select the events that will form the main programme that will run from the second half of 2017 until the end of 2018.

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According to Jorma Sarv, head of the Estonia 100 and EU Presidency international programme, these events give Estonia a great opportunity to stand out both in Europe and more widely throughout the world. More than one hundred organisations pitched their ideas together with international partners. The Estonia 100 organising committee wishes to thank everyone who contributed to finding new and exciting ideas to promote Estonia and its people around the world.

Most of the proposed events involve European countries, but several look to more distant countries as well. The selection committee will make its first summary of the proposed events during August 2016 and plans to announce the full international programme for Estonia’s centenary and EU Presidency in the beginning of 2017.

The year 2018 marks 100 years from the creation of the Republic of Estonia. The approaching Estonia's centenary is the biggest and most important celebration of Estonian people and the country. The celebrations will kick off in April 2017 and come to a close in February 2020. You can find more information about the celebration and programme of Estonia 100 on the webpage 

Before the Brexit vote, Estonia was to hold the President of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018. In 2018 Estonia also intends to promote itself more visibly throughout the world in conjunction with its centenary, and these two initiatives were to be merged. Now that Estonia will hold the presidency in lieu of the UK in the second half of 2017, changes will be made in the programme. More information on the preparations can be found on the EU Presidency website at 

For more information:
Jorma Sarv
Head of the Estonia 100 and EU Presidency International Programme
telephone: +372 502 3343


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