Speeches

At the Estonian Independence Day, Paide Music and Theater Hall

One mouth, as old
as dearest soil;
and a thoughtful face
so furrowed.

And a thoughtful face,
so honest;
so quiet, pained,
and speechless.

That was by Juhan Liiv, the most genuine and deeply-rooted embodiment of Estonian pain poetry. May the lines be in remembrance of the years the coronavirus took away from the people of Estonia; of years left unlived. They would have been brimming with wisdom – precious sharing, precious gathering, precious time spent together.

The coronavirus is robbing the Estonian people of a sizeable body of our elders’ wisdom. And not only that part which is permanent. It has also taken away the hours we now cannot spend sitting face to face with our older relatives and friends, enjoying a simple cup of tea. I have felt the absence of those conversations acutely. Everyday things spoken with wisdom are often a crucial source of support and guidance, even if we do not realize it under ordinary circumstances. We have now.
And we are that much richer for it in turn.

Yet not all of the bad can be turned to good. Loss of life is irrevocable. Lost weeks of school cannot be regained. Things one would’ve liked to discuss at length with their grandmother are forgotten by the time we’re able to visit again.
But hard times can make us better. And good people in Estonia can make bad times better.

Every person in Estonia working together can lead us out of this crisis. Yes, vaccination is voluntary, but even now, at a time when there is still not enough for everyone, there are too many people who could receive the vaccine but do not wish to. We must trust the scientists and doctors who have declared the vaccines to be safe!

I am asking all people of Estonia – let’s protect ourselves, our children, our jobs, and our families’ welfare by getting vaccinated as soon as the opportunity presents itself!

24.02.2021

 

News

President Kaljulaid discusses fight against COVID and local developments with Ukrainian counterpart

In a call today with her Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed the fight against coronavirus, the international security situation and the course of reforms in Ukraine.

“We support Ukraine’s ambitions in regard to both the European Union and NATO in every way,” the head of state remarked after the phone call. “Ukraine is very much a part of the European family. We support the efforts the country is going to and are working with our partners and allies to achieve consensus on that front.”

31.03.2021

 

President Kaljulaid discusses human rights in Belarus with Polish counterpart

During a telephone call today, President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke to her Polish counterpart, President Andrzej Duda, about recent developments in Belarus, where a second wave of peaceful protests has begun which the authorities are once again attempting violently to suppress.

25.03.2021

 

President Kaljulaid: distribution of Europe’s vaccine stock should take into account vaccination capacity and current infection rates

President Kaljulaid: distribution of Europe’s vaccine stock should take into account vaccination capacity and current infection rates

At a meeting with European Union Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed the course of vaccinations in EU Member States and the basis of the potential distribution of vaccines. The head of state said that the distribution of Europe’s vaccine stock should take the vaccination capacity and current infection rate in a country into account. “The rate of infection is particularly high at the moment in Estonia, and although we’re quick and efficient when it comes to vaccinating our population, we’d be even quicker and more efficient at it if we had more vaccines at our disposal,” President Kaljulaid added.

23.03.2021