Speeches

At the public session of the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu

At the public session of the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu

Dear members of the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu,

You call yourself free. But free from something or free for something? (Nietzsche)

The constitutional order of Estonia is now 100 years old. According to the results of the public vote of 28 June 1992, we have a Constitution that complies in an excellent manner with the principle phrased by English politician and writer George Halifax in the 17th century: A Maxime in Law, that no man is to have benefited from his own wrong Act. This is the principle echoed by our entire legal space. The options of people in all positions are limited. But within the limits of their powers, they are free to make decisions without fear of sanctions from people in other positions.

The freedoms and rights of all people are also restricted by the freedoms and rights of other people. But within the given framework, they are free to realize their dreams.

The idea of the Constitution of Estonia is supported by our proportional election system, which guarantees a broad representation of society’s different views in the Riigikogu.

Such an election system means that coalition governments are almost guaranteed, which means that there cannot be a government that only represents a single narrow worldview.

Our constitutional order, as the people decided in 1992, is very focused on people. First, come people. Then citizens. The state and all of its institutions are there for their citizens.

According to our Constitution, the link between the state and its citizens is not a vassal relationship or the relationship between the carer and the cared for. Taking the state’s interests into consideration for the common good is all that the state can expect from its citizens.

The Constitution says that as citizens, we are free to come and go, even give up our citizenship – but nobody can take it from us if we received it by birth.

15.06.2020

 

News

President Kaljulaid discussed energy, the economy and the future of Europe with her German counterpart

 President Kaljulaid discussed energy, the economy and the future of Europe with her German counterpart

Last night, President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on an official visit to Germany, met with Frank Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany, with whom she participated in the celebration of the 100th birthday of the Estonian Embassy. After that, ​​the heads of state headed to Bellevue Castle, where the bilateral meeting focused on climate, energy and the future of the European Union and its neighborhood.

30.06.2020

 

President Kaljulaid makes official visit to Germany

Today, President Kersti Kaljulaid heads to an official visit to Berlin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Estonian embassy.

The head of state will also meet with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and representatives of an influential think tank and association of German industries and visit the German offices of Estonian companies Skeleton and Ampler.

‘The visit celebrates the first century of the Estonian embassy and, thus, the diplomatic relations between the two countries. The visit by the Estonian head of state is also the first official visit that Germany is hosting after the reopening of the borders and it demonstrates how special our relationship is,’ explains Lauri Kuusing, the Foreign Policy Adviser to the President.

28.06.2020

 

President Kaljulaid to her Latvian colleague: the crisis reaffirmed the strong cooperation between our countries

President Kaljulaid to her Latvian colleague: the crisis reaffirmed the strong cooperation between our countries

„Cooperation remains the most important cornerstone in tackling any complex crisis. The cooperation between our countries these past few months has proven truly fruitful, in bringing our people back home, in information exchange and in coordinating actions,“ remarked President Kersti Kaljulaid while meeting with the President of Latvia Egils Levits today in Kuressaare.

25.06.2020