Speeches

At the Estonian Independence Day Reception, Ugala Theater

At the Estonian Independence Day Reception, Ugala Theater

Bearily the animals bunny

To bunniliness they bearify themselves

They bearify bunnily and elevate themselves

Above the bunnybear.

 

Consider that a brief summary of the way last year unfolded. Of the way things really are. If, however, this seems unjust from anyone’s standpoint or as applied to them, then it can also be phrased the opposite way:

Bunnily the animals bear

Bearingly they bunnify themselves

They bunnify bearily and elevate themselves

Above the bearbunny.

 

Dear people of Estonia in every home!

Dear guests!

The role of poetry in our lives is to thanklessly precisely put into words what a speech could never manage to do. Thank you, Valdur Mikita, for describing the quandary in which I find myself today. I cannot stay silent regarding the nature of this last year in politics, but my pen is too powerless to detail it accurately and my heart too tender to simply joke about it. It has been a year of hurting.

May this next year be brighter!

Yet, it was also the Year of the Estonian Language. May we Estonian speakers continue to love our language amply enough to share it. To share it with all who are prepared to speak it with us, even if they were born into another language.

We must share with them a love for the Estonian language, not an obligation to the state, because love begets love, but harsh measures result in resistance. It is true that preserving a language with few speakers also requires us to be demanding of those who share our path, but above all, they must want to be one of us.

A language is made attractive by its speakers. It is made beautiful by the nation’s poets and lyricists. Spoken by Estonians, the most resonant tapestries of words truly do soar in song. Last year, we met on the Song Festival Grounds and showed one another how tremendously this land’s tongue – rising up to the heavens in the winds of incantation – can help us to seek meaning for who we are. And this for already the 150th year.

For one does need meaning in their life. We must pursue something, for that is the way we are made.

Last year, Tanel Toom’s film Truth and Justice had us peer deep into the Estonian soul once again.

25.02.2020

 

News

President Kaljulaid meets with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

President Kaljulaid meets with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Today President Kersti Kaljulaid met at Kadriorg with Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to confirm Estonia’s support of Ukraine and to encourage continuation of the reforms.

“Ukraine is well-positioned to attract foreign investments, but continued reforms and introduction of legislation that ensures the rule of law are important. Legal certainty and fight against corruption create a favourable business environment and create trust among investors,” president Kaljulaid said at the meeting. Estonia supports Ukraine’s efforts to join the European Union and NATO and will continue to provide development aid. We are also pleased that Ukraine’s e-governance is beginning to reach our level, the Head of State added.

26.02.2020

 

President Kaljulaid at the awarding of state decorations: gratitude and acknowledgement is more important than ever

President Kaljulaid at the awarding of state decorations: gratitude and acknowledgement is more important than ever

„Estonia is grateful to you. And it is my pleasure to be the intermediary – because someone somewhere felt that what you are doing is so important, the whole nation should be told about it," President Kersti Kaljulaid said today at the ceremony of awarding Estonian state decorations.

„Perhaps today, in 2020, gratitude and acknowledgement seem even more important than before. In the current era, anyone who puts their neck on the line to share something with the public, argue against something or advocate for something risks coming under fire, drawing criticism they do not deserve,“ President Kaljulaid added.

21.02.2020

 

President Kaljulaid in Munich: Estonia aims to make the Three Seas Initiative more practical

President Kaljulaid in Munich: Estonia aims to make the Three Seas Initiative more practical

"Estonia aims to bring more practical aspects to the table during this summer's Three Seas Summit," President Kersti Kaljulaid said during the Three Seas Initiative roundtable at the Munich Security Conference where she gave a talk with Dan Brouillette, Energy Secretary of the US. “Proposed topics include the objectives and finance scheme of the Three Seas Investment Fund. Today in Munich, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo claimed that the States plan to pledge 1 billion dollars to the Three Seas projects, which demonstrates their trust in the economy of our region."

"The states of the Three Seas make up a third of the European Union's area and altogether 105 million people inhabit these countries," the Head of State explained. "However, the GDP of these states makes up less than a fifth of the European Union's. Therefore, it is crucial to find ways to attract more investments into the infrastructure, energy and digital solutions of these countries and thus promote cooperation between European states."

15.02.2020