During the opening ceremony, Kallas pointed out that the history of the embassy reflects the twists and dramatic moments of Estonian history. For example, the young republic did not initially have the money to repair the old building on the plot or build a new one, and the current functionalist-style building was not completed until 1934. “During the occupation of Estonia by the Soviet authorities, the doors of the embassy were sealed and the ambassador at the time handed over the keys to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ambassador asked the ministry to keep them carefully because one day, they might be needed again. And so they were,’ said Kallas.
According to the prime minister, co-operation between Estonia and Finland has been very successful over the years and has gradually deepened. “The geographical proximity of our countries and historical-cultural ties create all the preconditions for close and natural communication,” she said.
Kallas noted that Estonia and Finland have pioneered the implementation of data exchange projects that help provide better services to cross-border citizens and businesses and save time and money. “We are setting an example not only in Europe, but also globally. I hope that in the future, we will also be able to demonstrate a common goal in green technologies, for example,” said the Prime Minister.
According to Kaja Kallas, the third report on future Estonian–Finnish co-operation, which will be completed at the beginning of next year, will help bring the cooperation between the two countries to a new level. It aims to provide a vision and new ideas for deepening bilateral relations. “The world is facing major changes in energy, climate, security, and connectivity policies. All of this requires a spirit of cooperation and determination. The most sensible course of action is looking for solutions together,” she said.
The prime ministers also touched upon the situation in Belarus and discussed plans to achieve climate neutrality. In addition, they discussed co-operation in the development of wind energy, the progress of the Rail Baltica project, the conclusions drawn from the Tallinn Digital Summit, and the importance of creating trusted connectivity.
Prime Minister Kallas also met with Finnish business leaders in Helsinki and visited the exhibition ‘The Enigma of Painting’ of Konrad Mägi at the EMMA Art Museum in Espoo.