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News in pictures: the Head of State gave a social studies lesson at Tallinn Pae Gymnasium

24.05.2017

"Estonia is a good place in which to live. We must appreciate what we have achieved over the last 25 years. The rapid development of our digital society sets an example for Europe in general," said President Kersti Kaljulaid today at Tallinn Pae Gymnasium while giving the students a social studies lesson.

The address by the Head of State focused on the local government council elections, which will take place this autumn, and voting rights being extended to young people aged 16-17 years, Estonia's Presidency of the European Union, membership in NATO and the European Union.

President Kaljulaid expressed her hope that voter turnover among young people would be high for the local government council elections. "I would like to appeal to all young people – cast your vote! First, get a clear and informed picture of the candidates and what they stand for. The residents of each and every area know best what's absent from their place of residence and what needs to be changed. The successful candidates will be required to co-operate with the local communities and take opposing ideas into consideration," said the Head of State.

President Kaljulaid spoke about the challenges faced by both Estonia and the European Union in general in paying more attention to global security situation and terrorist attacks, which many countries have suffered and which are aimed at undermining the stability of our societies. The Head of State stated that we live in a trying time for the European Union.

"Estonia will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union this summer. I do hope that our presidency will bring back the belief that the European Union, which is based on common values, will emerge from these crises, stronger," she added.

According to the Head of State, it is important to be a member of international organisations, such as the European Union, United Nations and NATO. "Defence and security are undividable. We will contribute to collective defence, as we know that the allies will stand with us, should we ever need them," said President Kaljulaid.


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