Speeches

At the Estonian Independence Day, Paide Music and Theater Hall

One mouth, as old
as dearest soil;
and a thoughtful face
so furrowed.

And a thoughtful face,
so honest;
so quiet, pained,
and speechless.

That was by Juhan Liiv, the most genuine and deeply-rooted embodiment of Estonian pain poetry. May the lines be in remembrance of the years the coronavirus took away from the people of Estonia; of years left unlived. They would have been brimming with wisdom – precious sharing, precious gathering, precious time spent together.

The coronavirus is robbing the Estonian people of a sizeable body of our elders’ wisdom. And not only that part which is permanent. It has also taken away the hours we now cannot spend sitting face to face with our older relatives and friends, enjoying a simple cup of tea.

I have felt the absence of those conversations acutely. Everyday things spoken with wisdom are often a crucial source of support and guidance, even if we do not realize it under ordinary circumstances. We have now.
And we are that much richer for it in turn.

Yet not all of the bad can be turned to good. Loss of life is irrevocable. Lost weeks of school cannot be regained. Things one would’ve liked to discuss at length with their grandmother are forgotten by the time we’re able to visit again.
But hard times can make us better. And good people in Estonia can make bad times better.

Every person in Estonia working together can lead us out of this crisis. Yes, vaccination is voluntary, but even now, at a time when there is still not enough for everyone, there are too many people who could receive the vaccine but do not wish to. We must trust the scientists and doctors who have declared the vaccines to be safe!

I am asking all people of Estonia – let’s protect ourselves, our children, our jobs, and our families’ welfare by getting vaccinated as soon as the opportunity presents itself! Sander Teras, an 11th-grader at the Saaremaa Coeducational Gymnasium, lent a hand at the local nursing home last spring to provide real care. It is inspiring to think about him and others just like him.

They went because help was needed. It’s as simple as that.

These people are role models to me. There are also many things in governance that simply need to be done. There’s no avoiding it: action is necessary.

You cannot ignore the battle against evil in our society, such as domestic violence.
We cannot put off helping those who have suffered mentally or physically to get back onto their feet. We cannot delay a green revolution, because our children’s futures are otherwise endangered.

24.02.2021

 

News

Joint declaration by 21 European presidents invites to think on the future of European Union

President Kersti Kaljulaid and another 20 European Heads of State made a joint declaration on the occasion of the European Day inviting to think about the future and present of the European Union before the Conference on the Future of Europe.

According to the Presidents we need a strong and effective European Union, a European Union that will be a global leader in the transition to sustainable, climate neutral, and digitally supported development. “We need a European Union we can all identify with, certain in the knowledge that we have done our utmost for the benefit of future generations. Together, we can achieve this. The Conference on the Future of Europe will be an opportunity to talk openly about the European Union and to listen our citizens, especially young people. It creates a space for dialogue, conversation and discussions on of what we expect from the EU tomorrow and what we can contribute today,” reads the joint declaration.

08.05.2021

 

President Kaljulaid met with her Polish counterpart in Warsaw

President Kaljulaid met with her Polish counterpart in Warsaw

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in Warsaw with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, with whom she discussed the security situation in the region, but also spoke at length about energy security and economic co-operation.

04.05.2021

 

President Kaljulaid celebrated May 3 Constitution Day in Warsaw

President Kaljulaid celebrated May 3 Constitution Day in Warsaw

Today, at the invitation of the Polish Head of State, President Kersti Kaljulaid, together with her Lithuanian, Latvian and Ukrainian colleagues, participated in the celebration of the 230th anniversary of the Constitution.

The constitution, drafted in 1791, was the first modern constitution of our continent and the second modern constitution in the world, so nothing should be taken for granted and we should also stand for other countries, said President Kaljulaid in the discussion that followed the ceremony. "So that the peoples of Ukraine, Georgia and the Western Balkans can also strive for stability. So that those who wish can join us in the common family of the peoples of the European Union. Unfortunately, right by us, in Belarus, we see people fighting for the same things we in the European Union have long been used to, "said the Estonian Head of State. Thus, according to her, we must tirelessly defend our rights, freedoms and stand firm in our fundamental values ​​and show solidarity.

03.05.2021