Kaljulaid to make first post-coronavirus visit to Germany ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

President Kersti Kaljulaid receives the Piece of Westphalia Prize from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2018.
President Kersti Kaljulaid receives the Piece of Westphalia Prize from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2018. Source: AFP/Scanpix

President Kersti Kaljulaid is set to start her first official foreign visit since the coronavirus crisis, heading to Germany on Sunday.

President Kersti Kaljulaid will travel to Berlin to celebrate the Estonian Embassy's 100th anniversary. The head of state will also be meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and representatives of an influential think tank and an industrial association.

"The visit marks the Estonian embassy's centenary and that of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The visit by the Estonian head of state is the first one Germany receives after opening its borders that further demonstrates our special relationship," the president's foreign adviser Lauri Kuusing said in a press release.

"Germany is Europe's engine and as the next Council presidency, it plays an important part in delivering Europe from the crisis caused by the coronavirus. It is clear that Europe needs to be united here and that it is more important now than ever before," Kuusing added.

Germany will become the presidency for a period of six months on July 1 and will likely preside over the MFF and agreeing on the coronavirus rescue package during that time.

Digital matters form one part of the focus of Germany's presidency, with Estonia's digital experience to be discussed during a meeting with the Federation of German Industries. With its e-state solutions, Estonia is a role model and the discussions will focus on how to encourage digital development in Germany as well as in the entire EU. In addition, President Kaljulaid would like to learn about the experience of German enterprises in the green transition and how we could use the same techniques in Estonia.

Kaljulaid will also visit the German offices of Estonian companies Skeleton and Ampler.

With Körber Stiftung, Germany's weightiest think tank, the president will discuss security on the Eastern flank of NATO and the Estonian e-state as well as the Three Seas Summit, which we will host in October and to which the German president has been invited.

During the visit, Kaljulaid will also give interviews to Die Welt and ZDF.

The head of state will return on Tuesday evening.

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