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Preliminary information regarding the prime minister’s participation in events related to the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia on 22 and 24 February 2019

20. February 2019 - 15:18

Dear Journalists!

We hereby provide you with preliminary information regarding Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’s participation in events related to the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia on 22 and 24 February.


Friday, 22 February

2 p.m. – Festive parade of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (Kase 61, Tallinn); welcome speech by the prime minister

6 p.m. – Festive concert-assembly dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Vanemuine Concert Hall (Vanemuise 6, Tartu). Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will deliver a speech.
The festive concert-assembly will be webcasted live at https://youtu.be/NoH1va1kti4
Contact: Jürgen Randma, jurgen.randma[at]riigikantselei[dot]ee, 561 444 76


Sunday, 24 February

7.33 a.m. – Festive national flag raising ceremony at Toompea

9 a.m. – Laying of memorial wreaths to the War of Independence Victory Column; speech by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas

9.40 a.m. – Meeting with academic organisations at the courtyard of Stenbock House; welcome speech by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas

10 a.m. – Religious service in Kaarli Church

12 p.m. – Independence Day parade on Freedom Square

1.30 p.m. – Presentation of national research, sports, and culture awards and the F. J. Wiedemann Language Prize in the Estonian Academy of Sciences (Kohtu 6, Tallinn); speech by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.
We ask journalists who wish to cover the event to submit their applications for accreditation by 12 p.m. on Friday, 22 February the latest. The application form is available here - https://www.valitsus.ee/en/uritus/presentation-national-awards

6 p.m. – Independence Day reception and festive concert hosted by President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Estonian National Opera


The Government Communication Unit’s photos of the events of 24 February will be uploaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2tlh2my2or1h7ps/AAAh6IbgpJasM7j9_j6Ewq1Ea?dl=0 (the gallery will be updated during the day)

The Government Communication Unit will publish press releases of the speeches by the prime minister and the full text of his 22 February speech.