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Europe Day 2024

Euroopa päev (eesti keeles)

День Европы (на русском языке)

On 1 May, Estonia celebrates 20 years of membership in the European Union and NATO. Estonia became an EU Member State in 2004, following six years of accession negotiations. Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus joined the EU together with us. Joining the European Union and NATO has given us confidence that we will never be alone again. Important dates at the beginning of this summer will be the 6–9 June European elections.

Throughout the year, we mark our journey in the European Union with a variety of projects and events because we have a lot to celebrate and to be proud of. As every year, the events culminate on Europe Day, 9 May, with festivities in Tallinn and Narva, as well as a plethora of activities in smaller cities.

Book Presentation: My Estonia, My Europe. 20 Years Later

On the special occasion of the anniversary, we will present the book My Estonia, My Europe. 20 Years Later at our seminars in Tallinn and Tartu. The book is published with the support of the European Commission Representation in Estonia and the Government Office. It looks back at Estonia’s journey within the European Union through the eyes of various people who have been involved in the journey in one way or another. The book contains interviews with various prominent persons, including Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, President Kersti Kaljulaid and entrepreneur Sten Tamkivi. The authors of the essays range from the renowned writer Tõnu Õnnepalu to Anna Milena Linder, a young student born in 2004 when Estonia was already part of the European Union.

Orienteering Game for school classes in Tallinn and Narva

All the checkpoints of the Tallinn Game are at or near an embassy of an EU country or an Estonian state authority. Many embassies and buildings also welcome visitors inside their premises where they offer exhibitions or other interesting activities. Playing the game is an excellent opportunity to visit buildings and places that are usually not open to the public. 

The checkpoints of the Narva Game are located within a walking distance in the city centre and they are linked to the European Union.

The checkpoints may be passed in the order of choice. When a checkpoint is reached, three multiple-choice questions open on the screen and need to be answered in order to move forward. An incorrect answer will not end the game, the aim is to pass all the checkpoints and collect points. Find the rules of the game here.

The game can be played on 9 May between 9:00 and 17:00.

Europe Day in Tallinn

On 9 May in Tallinn, everybody is welcome to take part in an exciting orienteering game, listen to a debate on the future of Estonia and the EU, and end the day with a great concert at the Freedom Square.

Seminar My Estonia, My Europe. 20 Years Later

„Our Europe. Our NATO“ event area

Concert by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs „Our Europe. Our NATO“

Exhibition at Tammsaare Park

At the end of April, the exhibition My Estonia, My Europe will be opened at Tammsaare Park to draw attention to the various benefits that the EU membership has brought us but that often go unnoticed in our daily lives.

Europe Day in Narva

Narva will start celebrating Europe Day already on 8 May when the residents will be able to take part in exciting cultural events. On 9 May, everybody can participate in the Orienteering Game and the Ida-Viru Future Fair. The day closes with a magnificent concert!

Cultural events in Narva

Rien à declarer / Nothing to Declare is a humorous Belgian-French comedy directed by Dany Boon. The film’s action turns around the funny adventures of French and Belgian customs officials in the 90s when border controls between the two countries were abolished. The film follows a confrontation between two customs officials who have to defeat obstacles to the opening of the border. With humorous misunderstandings, intense dialogue and absurd situations, the film is a story about friendship, overcoming of prejudices, and national identities.

Ida-Viru Future Fair

Concert in Narva

Europe Day in Tartu

Europe Day will be celebrated on 9 May also in Tartu where the Johan Skytte Institute Institute of Political Studies will hold a seminar looking back at the 20 years of Estonia in the EU, but discussing also the upcoming European elections and the possible enlargement of the EU.

The seminar will take place at the White Hall of the University of Tartu Museum (Lossi 25) at 13:00–17.30.

Seminar info and registration

 

At 19:00 – Concert “The Parable of the Poppy” at the Tubin Hall of Heino Eller Music School (Lossi 15).

Adam Strug (Poland; vocals, accordion) presents music created to Czesław Miłosz’s texts. He is accompanied by Szczepan Pospieszalski (trumpet), Tomek Stawiecki (clarinet), Hipolit Woźniak (contrabass) and Mateusz Kowalski (drums).

Adam Strug’s original compositions dedicated to the prominent author and Nobel Prize laureate Czesław Miłosz to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death will be presented for the first time at the concert taking place within the framework of the Prima Vista Literary Festival. The duration of the concert is one hour.

The concert is organised by Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The project is supported by the Foundation of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Europe Day in smaller cities

Haapsalu

On 9 May, everyone is invited to play the Europe Day Orienteering Game. The players have to pass the various checkpoints located in different parts of the city, answering questions about the EU.

Kohtla-Järve

On 9 May at 15:00, an election debate with candidates for the European Parliament will be held at the TalTech Virumaa College in Kohtla-Järve. The event will be webstreamed live. The focus of the debate is on the broader meaning of the security of border areas.

Kuressaare

Europe Day will be celebrated on 4 May at 14:00, together with the birthday of the city of Kuressaare, at a public event at the Kuressaare castle park sound chamber.

Kuressaare sünnipäev 2024

Võru

Europe Day will be celebrated at the Võru central square on 9 May at 16.00–20.00.  The event features the UMA MEKK fair, local speakers and performers (16:00–18:00) and a debate on the European elections (18:00–19:00). A concert by Daniel Levi (19:00–20:00) will end the day.

Uma Mekk laat 2024

Estonia’s voice in Europe: a video series on social media

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