President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Greek President Prokop Pavlopoulos meeting that Estonia recognizes and supports Greece in the south-facing challenges. In addition to talking about the heads of state security, the European Union and the future of digital issues.
“We are geographically located in different parts of Europe, but as partners in the European Union and NATO allies, we know that challenges ahead, whether it is security or immigration, can only be solved jointly. Greece is in the forefront of the Eastern Mediterranean non-immigration and Estonia have contributed so by participating in the activities of the Border and Coast Guard as having a need for international protection of people “, President said after the meeting Kaljulaid.
The Head of State added that it wants to use its visit to Greece to share the digital experience of Estonia and to find opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. The Estonian President’s visit to Greece is a significant symbolic value since the latter’s official visit to Greece took place almost 20 years ago.
Meeting with the Greek Parliament Speaker Nikolai Youtsey Kaljulade, the President said that Greece has embarked on major reforms in order to overcome economic difficulties. Estonia is ready and willing to share its country’s digital experience, where public and private sectors have successfully worked together to ensure effective and democratic state functioning, added the head of state.
President Kersti Kaljulaid has been a two-day official visit to Greece. Tonight, the President visited the center in Orange Grove’s startups that presented the Estonian e-government and digital society. On Friday, scheduled meetings with the prime minister and opposition leader Alexis Tsiprazgah Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In addition, the President visited the Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) headquarters in the port of Piraeus and participated in the opening ceremony of the Bicentennial Museum in the Estonian Orthodox Church.
The Head of State’s visit to the Greek Interior Minister Andres Anvelt, members of the parliament and Hanno Pevkur Oudekki Loone, Deputy Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board Krista Aas Mooncascade and software co-founder and Garage48 Priit Salumaa.
Photos: Mattias Tammet, Office of the President