Riigikogu celebrates 100th anniversary of Estonian Provincial Assembly

Toompea Castle, seat of the Riigikogu.
Toompea Castle, seat of the Riigikogu. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

On Nov. 28, 1917, the Estonian Provincial Assembly declared itself the supreme power in Estonia, an event that paved the way for the birth of the Republic of Estonia and represented a great step towards independence.

The Provincial Assembly, or Maapäev, was the first elected representative body on the territory of Estonia. The Riigikogu is celebrating the anniversary of the event on Monday with a flag-hoisting ceremony on Pikk Hermann tower. In the early afternoon, members of the Riigikogu and the Estonia 100 Youth Assembly will hold a festive meeting in the Session Hall, and an exhibition dedicated to the Provincial Assembly will be opened.

Members of the Riigikogu, the Youth Assembly, and the government will hold a joint meeting during which President of the Riigikogu and the patron of Estonia 100 Youth Assembly Eiki Nestor (SDE) will deliver a speech. President Kersti Kaljulaid will welcome the Assembly.

The most important part of the meeting is the reading of the Young People's Manifesto by the 106 members elected to the Estonia 100 Youth Assembly, and its presentation to the President of the Riigikogu.

The Manifesto reflects what the young people of today think of Estonia and its future. It talks about education, environment, society, and integration, and other topics that matter to young people today. The members of the Youth Assembly are students elected in all parts of Estonia.

Representatives of the parliamentary parties in the Riigikogu will comment on the positions set out in the Manifesto.

Part of the documentary TV play Oma Maapäev (Our Provincial Assembly) by Indrek Hirv and Hardi Volmer will be shown at the session, and Youth Mixed Choir Vox Populi will perform.

ETV will broadcast the session live.

At 2.30 p.m. an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the Estonian Provincial Assembly will be opened in the White Hall of the Riigikogu. Historian Jaak Valge will speak about the importance of the Provincial Assembly in the history of Estonia.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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