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Virtual Forum for global Estonians being held on May 5th

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A virtual forum for Estonians across the globe is being held on Thursday 5 May at 16.00 Estonian time (UTC/GMT +3)

You can watch and think along with the virtual forum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Worksup environment from any location in the world with a working internet connection. The forum will have simultaneous interpretation into English and Russian and there is a Q&A session.

This time, the forum will have two panels. The first panel will look at the impact of Europe’s changed security situation on Estonia and whether Estonia is defended. The second panel will discuss Estonia’s e-state services. What are its uses for Estonians abroad and do people know and use these options sufficiently?

The forum is opened by Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets and President Kersti Kaljulaid will give a speech. Music is provided by singer and composer Mari Kalkun.

The virtual forum is moderated by Silver Tambur, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the online publication Estonian World.

Let’s exchange thoughts about Estonians across the globe once again and see where they take us!

The link for participation:




  • Introduction (Silver Tambur)
  • Welcoming words (Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets)


  • Discussion “Security in Europe from Estonia’s perspective: how protected is Estonia?” (Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, Jonatan Vseviov, Marcus Kolga)
  • Musical interlude (Mari Kalkun)


  • Discussion “What are the uses of Estonia’s e-state for Estonians abroad?” (Luukas Kristjan Ilves, Mark Erlich, Hellika Kirt)


  • Discussion (Kersti Kaljulaid and moderator)
  • Musical interlude (Mari Kalkun)

Estimated end of the event: 17.45–18.00



  • President Kersti Kaljulaid – President of the Republic of Estonia 2016 - 2021
  • Eva-Maria Liimets – Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm
  • Jonatan Vseviov – Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Marcus Kolga – journalist and political scientist from Canada
  • Luukas Kristjan Ilves – Undersecretary for Digital Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications 
  • Mark Erlich – Business Architect, Electronic Identity Department, Information System Authority
  • Hellika Kirt – Consul, Estonian embassy in London
  • Mari Kalkun – singer, songwriter, composer and musician

Silver Tambur, cofounder and editor-chief of the online publication Estonian World


Watch the previous virtual forums here:




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