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November 19-20, Ambassador of Estonia in Turkey Ms Marin Mõttus and Counsellor Mr Indrek Erikson paid a visit to Bursa.  Visit was organized with a kind help and support of Estonian Honorary Consul Mr Barış Kaya. The Ambassador met with the Governor of Bursa, Mr Yakup Canbolat, the Rector of the Uludağ University, Professor Yusuf Ulcay, visited the Municipality, Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, one of the biggest textile factories Polyteks and Bursa’s biggest automotive company Beyçelik. An exhibition about the history of relations between Turkey and Estonia was inaugurated in the exhibition center of the Uludağ University, exhibition will be open until November 23.  

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 10:45:58 GMT ”I Invent You,I Invent Myself”, 21.11.2018-05.01.2019. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:05:36 GMT Exhibition "Far away, So Close" Estonia and Turkey: A Friendship Through Time Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:50:15 GMT The Best Foreign Investor in Estonia of the year 2018 comes from Turkey

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Aston Synthetics OÜ, founded by the Turkish company Akinal, was rewarded as the best foreign investor in Estonia at the annual Entrepreneurship Award competition. 

The Turkish enterprise Akinal has invested 14 million euros in a plant close to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The plant will produce different nonwoven textiles for childcare and medical care with the capacity of 14,000 tons per year.

Akinal is among top 20 nonwoven textiles producers of the world and its export sales are distributed in 42 different countries worldwide. The company’s investments have until now been concentrated in Gaziantep, Turkey; the factory in Estonia is the first major investment abroad. 

The competition, organized by Enterprise Estonia and Estonian Employers’ Confederation, is held in five categories: design applier, exporter, family enterprise, innovator and foreign investor of the year. The winners are selected by experts in the field who evaluate the companies’ economic indicators as well as their contribution to the society. The Entrepreneurship Award competition is the highest recognition given by the Republic of Estonia to acknowledge progressive companies for efficiency and outstanding business culture.  

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:42:52 GMT Estonian universities' info sessions in Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul
Three biggest Estonian public universities: Tallinn University, TalTech University (previously Tallinn University of Technology) and University of Tartu welcome students who are looking for study opportunities abroad to our info session. You will hear about Bachelor's and Master's programmes taught in English, admission process and scholarships for international students.

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Thu, 04 Oct 2018 08:11:19 GMT Tourest 2019 Tourest 2019 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:22:39 GMT World Cleanup Day 2018!

One day. One planet. One goal. Millions of people in 150 countries uniting to clean up our world, in the biggest civic action in human history.

On 15 September, volunteers and partners worldwide will come together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.

A powerful ‘green wave’ of cleanups will start in New Zealand and end 36 hours later in Hawaii, with millions of people working towards one goal: a clean and healthy planet.

World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of everyday people to achieve incredible things by joining together. Its beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between disparate communities, and including all levels of society - from citizens, to business, to government.

A world changing idea with a humble beginning.The movement was born 10 years ago in Estonia, when 4% of the population came out to clean the entire country of illegally dumped waste, in a matter of hours. This captured the imaginations of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one day’ formula.

This was the beginning of a global bottom-up civic movement, Let's Do It! World, which has spread like wildfire around the globe. The movement has grown to be the biggest of its kind in the world - uniting people from all corners of the planet to work together in cleaning the world of trash.

But, the Let’s Do It! movement has never been purely about cleaning up trash. It also works to raise global awareness and implement lasting changes to end the global waste epidemic, once and for all.

As Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, World Cleanup Day 2018 is the country’s gift to the world.

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Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:37:59 GMT Bahçede Yaz Festivali Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:45:28 GMT Estonian Ambassador to Iran presents her credentials


On 15 May, Estonian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Marin Mõttus presented her credentials to President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. Ambassador Mõttus resides in Ankara.

After the ceremony, Ambassador Mõttus and President Rouhani affirmed good relations between Estonia and Iran. President Rouhani pointed out that Iran was one of the first countries to recognise Estonia’s independence. Ambassador Mõttus said she is delighted at the opportunity to be the first Estonian ambassador to Iran.

Ambassador Mõttus noted that in terms of cooperation, the fields of IT and e-services are the most promising. “First contacts between Estonian and Iranian companies have been established and information on Estonia’s e-services and e-Residency has reached Iran,” Mõttus noted. There are 217 Estonian e-residents among Iranian citizens. Both the President and the Ambassador agreed that there are unused economic opportunities.

They also discussed opportunities to develop tourism between the two countries. Ambassador Mõttus says that both countries are interested in developing this sector. “Introducing Persian cultural heritage to Estonians could offer a number of interesting opportunities for tourism companies,” she added. Positive developments in the fields of education and science were also mentioned.

Ambassador Mõttus and President Rouhani also discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “The Iran nuclear deal is important for Estonia. As an EU Member State we are ready to take steps that are realistic and allow the nuclear deal to be preserved,” Mõttus said. Ambassador Mõttus expressed hope that Iran will continue to implement its nuclear related commitments.

Ambassador Mõttus also introduced Estonian campaign to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2020-2021 to President Rouhani.

Marin Mõttus graduated from the University of Tartu’s Faculty of Estonian language and literature and in 2000 she earned her Master’s degree in international relations from the Diplomatic School of Spain in Madrid and Complutense University. Mõttus has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1997. Since October 2010, Mõttus was Estonia’s Ambassador to Portugal and just before assuming her current position, she worked as Director of the Bureau of Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America in the Foreign Ministry’s Political Department. Since June 2016, Mõttus is the Estonian Ambassador to Turkey, Lebanon and Azerbaijan.

Thu, 17 May 2018 08:11:26 GMT Baltic 100


On May 12, 2018 on the occasion of the Centenary of the Proclamation of the Independence of the Baltic States the Embassy of Estonia, the Embassy of Latvia and the Embassy of Lithuania in cooperation with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra organized a festive concert at Bilkent University Concert Hall in Ankara. Estonian conductor Anu Tali will oversee the concert under the name „Baltic 100“ with solo performances by Latvian pianist Lauma Skride, Lithuanian accordeon player Martynas Levickis and pianist Gabrielius Alekna.

The program of the concert included pieces of Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, Richard Strauss, Václav Trojan, Estonian composer Eduar Tubin and Latvian composer Volfgangs Dārziņš, as well as the Turkish composer Ferit Tüzün.   

Ms Anu Tali is a co-founder of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, an international orchestra beloved and popular mostly in Northern Europe. During recent years, Anu Tali has worked with several orchestras in the US and is the musical director of Sarasota Orchestra since 2013.

Ms Lauma Skride was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008 and is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. Lauma Skride has worked with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hungarian National Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Hamburger Symphoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie, Essener Philharmoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Tapiola Sinfonietta among others.

Mr Martynas Levickis is a leading exponent of the accordion. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his distinguished contribution to music in his field. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Lithuanian World Arts Council. Praised by The Times for his “mastery of an instrument once dismissed as a squeezebox”, accordionist Martynas Levickis has captivated audiences and critics alike with his musicality, charisma and dynamic performances.

Mr Gabrielius Alekna has garnered more then a dozen top prizes in competitions on both sides sides of the Atlantic, such as Hilton Head (United states), maria Canals (Spain) and Čiurlionis (Lithuania) Internationa Piano Competitions. He is one of the most prominent Lithuanian pianists who also has a special interest in education and development of yound talents.

Thu, 17 May 2018 07:53:17 GMT Book Talk book talk Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:57:29 GMT Exhibition "Far away, So Close" Estonia and Turkey: A Friendship Through Time Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:18:33 GMT The reception for the 100th anniversary of Estonia
On 27 February, a reception for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia was held in the hotel "Hilton" in Ankara.

From the Turkish Government, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek welcomed Estonia. "Estonia is a very strong partner and a true friend for Turkey," said Şimşek in a speech and affirmed that Turkey continues to support Estonia's journey towards the development of its country.  The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the rapid development of economic relations between Estonia and Turkey and the memorandum on the establishment of JETCO (Joint Economic and Trade Committee) will be signed in Tallinn at the end of March.

Ambassador Marin Mõttus emphasized that Turkey has supported Estonia through good times and bad times, and today the political contacts between the two countries are tight and economic and cultural relations are impressive.

At the reception the guests could have look at the exhibition "Estonia and Turkey: so far and still close", ​​which presented the relations between the two countries in the last century. Deputy Prime Minister Şimşek and Ambassador Marin Mõttus acknowledged that in the history of Estonia and Turkey, there is more common points that we could think at  first glance. The exhibition can be viewed in several different cities of Turkey during the year.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:38:59 GMT Turkey's Minister for European Union Affairs, Ömer Çelik, paid an official visit to Estonia

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met Turkey’s Minster for European Union Affairs Ömer Çelik. Mikser reaffirmed good Estonia-Turkey relations and Estonia’s desire to contribute to continuing dialogue between the EU and Turkey.

The ministers discussed currently salient topics: the migration crisis, the Turkish candidature for EU membership, and the situation with human rights and freedom of speech in Turkey. Mikser said the deterioration in the field of human rights and freedom of the media and speech in Turkey is raising many questions and that Turkey as a candidate state is expected to take rapid positive steps in this regard. “It is in the interests of both Estonia and the EU to maintain and develop dialogue with Turkey,” said Mikser.

Estonia continues to be among the Member States in support of EU enlargement but it should be considered that there is currently a lack of consensus in the EU regarding continuing accession talks with Turkey.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:07:38 GMT Prime Minister Jüri Ratas paid an official visit to Turkey

15-16 August 2017

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binal Yıldırım. During the meetings, important issues for the European Union and Turkey were discussed, such as migration and the situation of refugees, security and the fight against terrorism, as well as relations between Estonia and Turkey.

In addition, Prime Minister Ratas visited the International Organization for Migration (UN / IOM) in Gaziantep, near Syria's border, and a refugee camp in the city of Nizipi. Prime Minister also met with Gaziantep's mayor.

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Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:34:05 GMT Estonian universities' info sessions in Ankara and Istanbul

Three biggest Estonian public universities: Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu welcome students who are looking for study opportunities abroad. At the Info Session you will hear about Bachelor's and Master's programmes taught in English, the admission process and scholarships for international students.
After the info session, Tallinn University will also offer an opportunity to take the English language tests required for admission. If the applicant gets the required points and passes the exam, it will give him/her the access to apply for Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu without presenting TOEFL/IELTS or other English language test. Please see more information about the test on the following site:

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:13:52 GMT Foreign Minister Sven Mikser paid an official visit to Ankara During his official visit to Turkey on 18 July 2017, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser reaffirmed that the good relations between the two countries would continue and that Estonia wishes to contribute further to EU-Turkey dialogue. In meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and speaker of Parliament İsmail Kahraman, Turkey’s domestic political situation and regional security were also covered.

Mikser said the Estonian Presidency would work to improve EU-Turkey relations. “We support the EU’s open dialogue with Turkey, a country with which the EU has many common interests – the statement on migration, the economy, cooperation in the fight against terrorism, customs union,” said Mikser. “Strong cooperation between the EU and Turkey is necessary for overcoming common challenges.” Mikser said the European Union’s enlargement policy is based on clear criteria and that the EU expected all candidates, including Turkey, to abide by European standards in furthering democracy and the rule of law.

Mikser recognised Turkey for its contribution to resolving the migration issue. “Fulfilment of the EU-Turkey Statement is very important to solving Europe’s migration crisis and we recognise Turkey for hosting 3.2 million refugees.” He said the migrant issue was likewise a priority for Estonia during its Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Mikser expressed sympathy for relatives those killed or injured in the coup attempt in Turkey a year ago. He said the measures adopted by Turkey following the attempt to overthrow the government had to be in conformity with the principles of rule of law, including everyone’s right to due process.

Mikser also met Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Öztürk Yilmaz, chairman and deputy chairman, respectively of the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party; and Christian Berger, the head of the European Union delegation to Turkey, to discuss developments on the domestic political front.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:17:27 GMT Ambassador Marin Mõttus' interview to the Turkish news agency Anadolu Ajansi
The Ambassador of Estonia to Turkey Mrs. Marin Mõttus gave an interview to the Turkish news agency Anadolu Ajansi pointing out that she could share stories about Turkey all day and all night, although she has lived in Ankara only for a year.

The Ambassador and the journalist met in the Erimtan Archeology and Art Museum which is located just next to the Ankara Castle and told how she liked to spend her little free time that is occasionally left over after diplomacy, and what was on the agenda of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months.

Ambassador Mõttus, who sees herself more as a city person, noted that while most foreigners liked Istanbul and praised Turkish costal areas she really enjoyed living in Ankara as there were so many museums to visit, some of which she had already visited more than once. One of her favorite museums was of course the Erimtan Archeology and Art Museum, but also the Mausoleum of Atatürk that everybody should most definitely visit out of respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The Ambassador added that although she really liked coffee, it was quite easy in Turkey to become atticted to tea as the local çay was so irresistible.

The article with the Ambassador, which was published in the Turkish language, is available here.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:49:37 GMT Embassy of Estonia in Ankara hold a reception on the occasion of the beginning of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union The Embassy of Estonia in Ankara hold a reception on 06 July 2017 at the Art Center Cermodern in Ankara on the occasion of the beginning of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Embassy had the pleasure of the company of both international and Turkish diplomats, as well as friends and partners of Estonia from all over Turkey.

During the reception, the beloved Estonian jazz duo Erki Pärnoja and Anna Põldvee took the stage and stole the hearts of the audience with their interpretation of the song "Muinaslugu muusikas" ("A Fairytale in Music") by the Estonian song writer Raimond Valgre.

After the concert, welcome speeches were delivered by H.E. Mrs. Marin Mõttus, Ambassador of Estonia in Ankara; H.E. Mr. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Ankara; and H.E. Mr. Mehmet Cangir, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry for EU Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:41:51 GMT Joint concert by Andreas Lend and Hande Dalkılıç

The Estonian cellist Andreas Lend and the Turkish pianist Hande Dalkılıç gave a joint concert on 21 March 2017 at the Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Art Center in Ankara. The program included “Op. 102 in Do major” by Beethoven as well as the beloved “Sonatas in Mi minor for piano and cello” by Brahms. Also “Three Turkish Folk Songs” by the Turkish composer Özkan Manav, and “Blond Bride” by the Turkish composer Çetin Işıközlü, available on the last album of Maestro Dalkılıç, was played together with the music of the two distinguished Estonian composers Arvo Pärt and Eino Eller.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:40:20 GMT