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Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul opened in Beirut

On 28 April Director General of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paul Teesalu and Estonian ambassador to Lebanon Marin Mõttus opened the office of the honorary consul for Estonia in Beirut, Fouad Fadel.

At the opening Teesalu said that relations between Estonia and Lebanon were good and that there were opportunities to further those relations in many areas. “Our new honorary consul will be able to contribute by mediating the contact details of entrepreneurs, and he will also provide support and advice to any Estonian citizens in need of consular assistance,” he added.

Fouad Fadel was born in 1971 and is an entrepreneur. He is one of the owners of the Fadel Group, a family company which has been operating since 1936. He also established the Fouad & Toufic Foundation, which is active in the fields of health care and education.

The office of the honorary consul is situated at T. Fadel Bldg #50, 1st floor, 96 St. Joseph’s Street, Bauchrieh, Beirut. The honorary consul can be contacted by calling +9611248000 (ext. 30) or e-mailing fouad.fadel@mfa.ee

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Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul opened in Šiauliai

On 22 March 2017 Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rainer Saks opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Šiauliai. The Estonian Honorary Consul in Šiauliai is Gintaras Sluckus, owner of the successful family business Bigso. The Honorary Consul is interested in helping to strengthen economic relations between Estonia and Lithuania.

Secretary General Saks noted at the opening that appointing Honorary Consul in Šiauliai creates additional opportunities to develop economic relations between Estonia and Lithuania and offer consular assistance in North Lithuania. “The Honorary Consul can help Estonian businesses develop contacts and cooperation with many trade associations active in the region. It will also help to strengthen contacts between Šiauliai and Pärnu, Šiauliai’s sister city,” said Saks.

Gintaras Sluckus has been the Honorary Consul since September 2016 and his consular region consists of the counties of Šiauliai, Panevėžysi and Utena. Honorary Consul’s main tasks include providing consular aid to the Estonian citizens and mediating economic and cultural contacts.

The Office of the Honorary Consul is located at Sodo 30A, 76159 Šiauliai. The Honorary Consul can be reached by phone at +370 685 3200 or by sending an e-mail to gintaras.sluckus@mfa.ee.

There are three Estonian Honorary Consuls in Lithuania, in addition to Šiauliai in Kaunas and Klaipėda.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576782…

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Estonia opened an Office of Honorary Consul in Jersey

On 17 November the Estonian ambassador to the United Kingdom Lauri Bambus opened the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Jersey. The Estonian Honorary Consul is Auberon Ashbrooke who works as a lecturer for Highlands College in Jersey for Plymouth University courses and has a strong Estonian connection. At the reception, a piano recital was given by London-based Estonian pianist Sten Heinoja.

Ambassador Bambus highlighted at the opening ceremony Jersey’s active interest towards the Estonian experience of e-governance and digital identity and confirmed its country’s readiness to cooperate in this field.

“Being a small is an advantage when building a digital society. Jersey has an ambition to become a digital leader and I wish you every success when making bold decisions that will set a future path,” Ambassador Lauri Bambus said.

During his visit, the Ambassador met the Bailiff, Mr William Bailhache, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, as well as other ministers. He attended the meetings at the Financial Services Commission and the Digital Jersey Hub where in-depth discussions focused on practical cooperation between two countries.

Auberon Ashbrooke has been the Honorary Consul since September 2016 and his consular region is Channel Islands.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonianembassyinlondon/albums/72157676616865416

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Estonia opened an Office of Honorary Consul in Frankfurt

On 3 November Estonian Ambassador to Germany Mart Laanemäe opened the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Frankfurt. Estonian Honorary Consul is Astrid von der Malsburg who has long-standing experience in both public and private sector.

Laanemäe said at the opening ceremony that Estonia might be a small country, but interest in our progress and solutions is great. “Frankfurt is an important financial centre for us. The aim of appointing the Honorary Consul is to support relations between the Land of Hesse and Estonian entrepreneurs, so that it would be economically beneficial for both parties,” Ambassador Mart Laanemäe said.

Astrid von der Malsburg has been the Honorary Consul since August 2016 and her consular region is Hessen. Honorary Consul’s main tasks include providing consular aid to the Estonian citizens and mediating economic and cultural contacts.

At the reception, Estonian cuisine was introduced to the guests that included Governor of the Bank of Estonia Ardo Hansson, State Secretary for European Affairs of the state of Hessen Mark Weinmeister and German Ambassador to Estonia Christoph Eichhorn.

The Office of Honorary Consul is located at Liebigstraße 20, D 60323 Frankfurt am Main. The Honorary Consul can be reached by phone at +49 69 – 874 030 750 or by sending an e-mail to honorarkonsulin@estland-hessen.de. Contact information and additional information can also be found at http://www.estland-hessen.de/.

There are now eight Estonian Honorary Consuls in Germany.

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Estonia opened honorary consulate in Crete

On 5 July Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur and Estonian ambassador to Greece Margus Rava opened the first Estonian honorary consulate on the island of Crete (the fourth Estonian honorary consulate in Greece). The honorary consul is Emmanouel Dandoulakis.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister Pevkur expressed his delight that more and more foreign friends of Estonia are taking the opportunity to represent Estonia in their own countries. “Estonia may be small, but we have a lot of friends around the world, and with them we make Estonia bigger,” he said. “We have e-residency, just about everything can be done digitally, and there’s a lot more with the help of which – and by using the network of honorary consuls – we can make Estonia even bigger.”

Ambassador Rava said that Estonian representation in Crete was vital. “Thousands of Estonians come to this beautiful island every year, and given that the biggest travel agencies are planning to offer even more trips in future, having an honorary consul here is no longer simply necessary, but goes without saying,” he remarked.

Honorary consul Dandoulakis said that there is no better place than Crete for vacations and invited all Estonians to consider the island when making travel plans. “We have fantastic weather just about all year round and stunning nature,” he said. “You could spend years discovering everything the island has to offer. I’ll personally do everything I can to ensure that every Estonian who comes here has a trouble-free time. Estonian travel agents are very good at what they do. But if anyone loses their passport or ID card or needs any other consular help while they’re in Crete, I’m here for them.”

Also attending the opening of the honorary consulate were the mayor of Agios Nikolaos, the deputy director of the Crete region and dozens of local entrepreneurs.

The Estonian honorary consulate in Crete is situated at Akti Themistokleous 12 in the town of Agios Nikolaos. The honorary consul can be contacted on +30 28410 25232 or by e-mailing emmanouel.dandoulakis@mfa.ee.

Emmanouel Dandoulakis was born in 1944. He has worked in the tourism industry for many years. He is the CEO of Delta Dan Travel and a member of the supervisory board of Cosmos Hotels. He actively fosters relations between Crete and the Nordic countries in the field of tourism. He was formerly the chairman of the supervisory board of Eastern Ports of Crete and responsible for the development of the ports in the region. In addition to Greek, he speaks English and Swedish.

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Estonia’s first honorary consulate opened in Ireland, Cork

On 4 July Ministry’s  deputy secretary general Rainer Saks and Estonian ambassador to Ireland Kristi Karelsohn opened the first Estonian honorary consulate in Ireland, Cork. The honorary consul is John Dennehy, whose consular region takes in the counties of Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Kerry.

During the opening ceremony, Saks stressed that it was important to foster cooperation between Estonia and the various regions of Ireland – something to which Dennehy is well placed to contribute.

Ambassador Karelsohn said that finding an honorary consul for the Cork region had been one of the embassy’s top priorities. “In John Dennehy Estonia has found an invaluable helper in creating contacts in the IT field – one that is of great importance to us – and in showcasing Estonia in the Cork region generally,” she said, adding that not only is Cork the second-largest city in Ireland and a key business centre and university town, but that it also has an active Estonian community.

The honorary consul, who is an active entrepreneur in the IT field, said he was delighted to be representing Estonia, which he calls a ‘start-up country’. He said that people in Ireland are still largely unaware of the opportunities the Estonian state offers entrepreneurs, giving e-residency and the chance to start a company in just 18 minutes as examples.

The Estonian honorary consulate is situated at 78 South Mall Street, Cork. It can be contacted on +353 (0) 21 2429 486 or by e-mailing john@dennehy.com.

John Dennehy was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1972. He graduated from Rhodes University in journalism. He is the founder and CEO of the recruitment service and software company Zartis and an active promoter of the IT sector in Ireland.

Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576705…

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Estonia’s first honorary consulate opened in Cincinnati

On April 29, the Estonian Ambassador to the United States Eerik Marmei and the Estonian Consul General in New York Eva-Maria Liimets opened the first Estonian Honorary Consulate in Cincinnati. The Estonian honorary consul is Mary B. Nippert, whose consular area are the states of Ohio and Kentucky.

Ambassador Erik Marmei expressed satisfaction that the network of Estonian honorary consuls in the United States is growing. “It’s a great pleasure, that Estonia now has an Honorary Consul in Ohio and Kentucky. Honorary consul Nippert will undoubtedly contribute to both Estonian economic interests and introducing the culture in the region, as well as to simplifying procedures for local Estonians, who no longer need to travel to New York or Chicago for example, to receive their passports,” the ambassador added.

Nippert said that there are highly advanced technology industries in both Ohio and Kentucky, which are a good starting point in developing relations with Estonia. The honorary consul also wishes to draw attention to the promotion of cooperation in the field of education, since both states have a number of internationally renowned universities.

The honorary consulate is located at 5550 Graydonmeadow Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, USA. The honorary consul can be reached by phone at +1 513 658 6279 or by e-mail at mary.nippert@mfa.ee. Estonia has 15 honorary consuls in the United States and one honorary vice consul.

Mary B. Nipper has studied at the University of Cincinnati, the Gemological Institute of America and Oxford University. She is the owner and manager of a jewellery store in Ohio and is also involved in art and photography. She is active in the non-profit sector, engages in voluntary activities and is a board member of several organizations. Nippert has been recognised by various government institutions in Ohio for her active work. Mary Nippert has a personal connection to Estonia through the lineage of a great-grandmother.

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Estonia opened fifth honorary consulate in Poland

On Friday, March 11, the Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Annely Kolk and the Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Poland Harri Tiido opened the Estonian honorary consulate in Białystok. The new Estonian Honorary Consul in Poland is Iwona Wrońska.

The Ambassador Harri Tiido and the Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Annely Kolk see it as a positive step that another Polish region is now covered by an honorary consul and expressed their hopes for closer relations between Estonia and the Podlachia region in fields of economy, tourism and culture. They stated the Podlachia region is a valuable transit corridor in terms of both the Estonian citizens and economy. “We should also consider cooperation in the field of education between the University of Białystok, the Medical University of Białystok and Estonian higher education institutions,” Ambassador Harri Tiido added.

On the opening ceremony of the honorary consulate, the honorary consul Iwona Wrońska confirmed her will to contribute to strengthening Estonian-Polish connections, primarily by exchanging economic and business contacts and developing relations in the fields of education and culture.

The formal opening of the consulate took place in the Branicki Palace in Białystok and included the Voivode of Podlachia, the Mayor of Białystok and other important societal and economic actors of the Podlachia region.

Iwona Wrońska was born in 1976 in Białystok, Poland. The honorary consul graduated from the University of Białystok and holds doctoral degree in law. Starting from 2006 she works as an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Białystok and as a legal advisor to different enterprises. The honorary consul speaks English.

The Estonian honorary consulate in Białystok is located at Nowy Świat 17/3, 15-453 Białystok, Poland. The honorary consulate can be reached by phone at +48 603 702 500 or by email at konsulat.estonii.bialystok@gmail.com. This is the fifth Estonian honorary consulate in Poland.

In addition to the honorary consul in Białystok, Estonia also has honorary consuls in Poland in Poznań, Szczecin, Krakow and Gdansk. Additional information and contacts: http://www.vm.ee/et/riigid/poola?display=estonian_honorary_consuls 

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Estonia opened its first honorary consulate in Madeira

On February 10, the Estonian Ambassador to Portugal, Andres Rundu opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Funchal, the capital of the the autonomous region of Madeira. The Estonian honorary consul in Funchal is Fernando Faria de Catanho.

At the opening of the honorary consulate, the ambassador noted that the number of Estonian tourists arriving in Madeira has grown steadily. Consequently, the need for consular assistance has also increased and the newly appointed honorary consul will now be able to provide assistance for those in need.

At the opening, the honorary consul stressed the wish to contribute to the strengthening of ties between Estonia and Portugal, especially in the areas of tourism, the economy and culture. The Madeira regional government representative pointed out in his speech that when the Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary and the holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 600 years will have passed since the discovery of Madeira, and the two seaside countries could celebrate these milestones by organising a common cultural event.

The opening reception was attended by the President of the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Tranquada Gomes, Jesus Eduardo, who is responsible for economic, tourism and cultural affairs in the Madeira regional government, the President of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cristina Pedra and Paulo Cafôfo, the Mayor of Funchal. This was followed by the opening of a photo exhibition introducing Estonia at the Funchal City Theatre.

The Estonian honorary consul in Funchal, Fernando Faria de Catanho was born in 1974 and in addition to Portuguese, speaks English and Spanish. He is a graduate of the Lisbon Autonomous University in International Business Administration and Lusíada University in economics. The new honorary consul manages the real estate firm Barreto, Daniel & Fernando, and is active in the administration of the regional offices of the Ministry of Justice.

Other Estonian honorary consulates in Portugal are located in Porto, Taviras, and Ponta Delgada.

The Estonian Honorary Consulate in Funchal is located at Rua dos Aranha 53-4 Andar, Funchal, Madeira. The honorary consul can be reached by telephone +351 291 100 091 and +351 962 126 600 or by e-mail at estonianconsul.funchal@outlook.pt.

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Estonia opened its forth Honorary Consulate in Greece

On 17 December, the opening of the Estonian Honorary Consulate was celebrated in Thessaloniki. On this occasion Honorary Consul Mrs Efpraxia Avlogiari, together with Ambassador Mr Margus Rava met with the Deputy Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction (Macedonia and Thrace) Mrs Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha, Deputy Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Spiros Pengas and President of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Dimitrios Bakatselos. Mrs Avlogiari sees the biggest potential in promoting Estonia in the regions of Thrace and Macedonia to be in the fields of tourism and culture. A reception was hosted in the evening to celebrate the event.
Congratulations and good luck to Mrs Avlogiari!

The contacts of the office of the Honorary Consul can be found here http://www.vm.ee/en/countries/greece…

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