President Ilves opened Estonia's national day at Expo Milan ({{commentsTotal}})

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opened Estonia's national day at the Expo Milan 2015 universal exhibition on Sunday.

"This year, food is the headline issue of Expo Milan and where else could we discuss food as a pleasure other than Italy. However, we also have to admit that hunger still remains a serious issue in several places and represents a responsibility shared by the world in general, even if the suggested solutions are local by nature," stated President Ilves in his opening address.

"Most of the food is raised, grown, processed, sold and eaten at regional level, which means that as countries we should support rural areas, their infrastructures and technological development to give small-scale producers access to larger markets," Ilves said.

The doors of Estonia will remain open in Italy for six months – from May until October – to millions of people from hundreds of different countries. Estonia is the only Nordic country to take part in the Universal Exposition.

The keywords that describe the Estonian pavilion are Nordic intelligence, clean food and nature, outstanding design, world level music led by Arvo Pärt and, above all, the special people living in Estonia. The permanent exhibition in the pavilion, entitled "Head Eesti asjad" (Good Estonian Things), represents creations through the symbiosis of various Estonian products, issues and ideas.

The companies present at the exhibition include Snakefloors and Bolefloor (floors), Reliefwalls (wall covering materials), BORG (sofas), Renard (motor bikes), Viks (bikes) and Estonia (pianos).

Editor: S. Tambur

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.