Estonia’s Friends International Meeting
The Estonia's Friends International Meeting is a joint initiative launched by President of Estonia Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Enterprise Estonia and the entrepreneur Mr Margus Reinsalu to thank and recognize business, political and cultural figures whose actions and advice have helped Estonia to become a truly European country with a dynamic economy and thriving culture.
The first Estonia´s Friends International Meeting was held in August 2010 in Tallinn, during the Day of Restoration of Independence festivities.
In 2011 the meeting was held from June 30th to July 3rd, during which the invitees got together to have a close look at Estonia’s ambitions, culture, nature, its business community and political decision-makers.
In 2012 the meeting was held from July 5th to July 7th. The traditional symposium „Quo vadis Estonia?“ dealt with the realities of post-crisis Europe, changes in global political climate and economic environment and possible future scenarios for a country as small, open and flexible like Estonia. Keynote speeches were delivered by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Professor Timothy Garton Ash (UK, Oxford University).
In 2013 the meeting will be held July 4th to July 6th. This year the traditional symposium „Quo vadis Estonia?“ focuses on the cutting-edge topics of e-democracy, e-governance and their role in modern societies. There will be at least two keynote speeches with one presented by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.