President Kersti Kaljulaid has spent the last three days visiting Valga, Võru and Tartu Counties in southern Estonia, where she has met with local leaders, visited local businesses and pitched in to help clear old fishing nets from Lake Peipus.
The president began her trip on Wednesday in Vana-Kuuste, where she visited Marjamaa Farm, a berry farm that produces nearly 100 tons of berries annually, before visiting P-Tech OÜ, a motorcycle parts producer in Valga County, according to a press release.
From there, Kaljulaid continued on to the border town of Valga, where Valga municipal architect Jiri Tintera led her on a walk through town and briefed her on the the town square and cross-border town center development project. She also attended a discussion on Valga-Valka cooperation with the Estonian and Latvian municipalities' respective leaders before moving on to visit Mooratsi Farm and meeting with members of Karula Hoiu Ühing, a nonprofit organization involved in the local community and nature conservation.
On Thursday, Kaljulaid visited cereal and grain producer Sangaste Linnas, met with social workers and volunteers in Otepää as well as local government leaders from Valga County. While in Otepää, where the blue, black and white Estonian flag was first consecrated as the flag of the Estonian Students' Society (EÜS) on June 4, 1884, she also saw off a small parade dedicated to Flag Day.
The head of state went on to visit vineer producer UPM–Kymmene Otepää and meet with members of a local Puka community.
In honor of World Environment Day, Kaljulaid's agenda on Friday was dedicated to environment-related visits, meetings and activities.
On Friday morning, she visited Replace OÜ in Tartu, a company that gives new life to old and broken smart devices. She also delivered a speech at a ceremony marking the end of the school year for the Green School program, where Green Flags were presented to 33 Estonian schools and kindergartens in recognition of being especially environmentally friendly and sustainable. Kaljulaid is to become a patron of the program, which includes more than 130 educational establishments across the country.
The president concluded her visit to South Estonia with a visit to Mustvee, where she joined the Environmental Inspectorate in helping to clear old fishing nets from Lake Peipus.
Editor: Aili Vahtla