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Accreditation Information for Journalists: Celebration of the 97th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia

13.02.2015

Honoured journalists!

Accreditation has now begun for events celebrating the 97th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Tallinn, Tartu, Rakvere, Narva and Jõhvi. Journalists, photographers and camera operators interested in covering any of the events should be accredited no later than Tuesday, February 17 at the Foreign Ministry's website.

A briefing for accredited journalists will take place on February 19 at 14:00 in the Foreign Ministry’s press hall, where information about the events will be given. Press cards will also be distributed at the briefing.

NB! At the accreditation please specify exactly which event(s) you would like to cover.
We request that you please wear a dark suit for indoor events.


Thursday, February 19


14:00 A press briefing introducing the celebration of the Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in the Foreign Ministry press hall
Islandi väljak 1
We ask that journalists arrive by 13:50 at the latest
Please bring along a piece of identification.
Additional information: Foreign Ministry Public Diplomacy Department, Tiiu Stumbur, tel. +372 637 7611, mob. +372 566 0117


Monday, February 23


10:00 Placing of wreaths on the graves of Estonian state figures
Tallinn, starting at the grave of President Konstantin Päts
We ask that press arrive no later than 10:50
Information: Military police Guard Battalion ceremonial officer Andres Lillemägi, andresli@mil.ee, mob. +372 5647 9366 and the Foreign Ministry's State Protocol Department, Maija Tasa, maija.tasa@mfa.ee, tel. +372 637 7513, mob. +372 5305 7589
No accreditation necessary, all journalists are welcome!

13:00 Presentation of state decorations by the President of the Republic at the Rakvere Theatre
Kreutzwaldi 2a, Rakvere
The press has the opportunity to interact with decoration recipients before and after the official ceremony
We ask that press arrive no later than 12:40
Information: Public Relations Adviser to the President Toomas Sildam, tel. +372 631 6218, mob. +372 502 6840 and head of the Public Relations Department Piret Pert, press@vpk.ee, tel. +372 631 6229, mob. +372 525 2001 
Accreditation required!

15:00 Awarding of national science awards, the F.J. Wiedemann Language Award and sports and cultural awards by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas at the University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18, Tartu
We ask that the press arrive no later than 14:40
Information: Press Officer to the Government Helin Vaher, helin.vaher@riigikantselei.ee, tel. +372 693 5719, mob. +372 53 408 556
Accreditation required!


Tuesday, February 24


7:20 Formal flag-raising ceremony in Narva, in the courtyard of the Hermann castle
We ask that the press arrive no later than 7:10
Information: Narva City Council Cultural Department deputy director Dmitri Vergun, dmitri.vergun@narva.ee, tel. +372 359 9121, mob. +372 534 50531 and the Foreign Ministry's State Protocol Department, Sirje Sepaste, sirje.sepaste@mfa.ee, tel. +372 637 7512, mob. +372 5361 8449
Accreditation required!

7:34 Formal flag-raising ceremony at the Tall Hermann tower, Toompea
Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn
We ask that the press arrive no later than 7:15
Info: Head of the Public Relations Department of the Riigikogu Chancellery Urmas Seaver, tel. +372 631 6352, mob. +372 5039907, urmas.seaver@riigikogu.ee
No accreditation necessary, all journalists are welcome!

9:30 Placing of wreaths at the base of the Monument to the War of Independence at the Narva Garrison Cemetery in Siivertsi
We ask that the press arrive no later than 9:15
Information: Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces protocol service Lieutenant Colonel Ragnar Koemets, ragnar.koemets@mil.ee, mob. +372 512 6100
Accreditation required!

9:30 Placing of a wreath at the base of the Monument to the War of Independence on Vabaduse Square by the Guard Battalion
We ask that the press arrive no later than 9:20
Information: Military police Guard Battalion ceremonial officer Andres Lillemägi, andresli@mil.ee, mob. +372 5647 9366
No accreditation necessary, all journalists are welcome!

10:30 Church service at the Narva Aleksandri Church
Kiriku 9, Narva
We ask that the press arrive no later than 10:20
Information: Foreign Ministry’s State Protocol Department, Sirje Sepaste, sirje.sepaste@mfa.ee, tel. +372 637 7512, mob. +372 5361 8449
Accreditation required!

12:00 Defence Forces parade on Narva’s Peetri Square
We ask that the press arrive no later than 11:45
Information: In the capacity of Chief of the Public Affairs Department of the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, Captain Arvo Jõesalu, arvo.joesalu@mil.ee, mob. +372 5669 1977, the Foreign Ministry's State Protocol Department Peeter Reštšinski, peeter.restsinski@mfa.ee, mob. +372 503 5066
Accreditation required!
Read more: http://www.mil.ee/et/kaitsevagi/vabariigi-aastapaeva-paraad/97-aastapaev...
Additional diagramm: http://vm.ee/sites/default/files/content-editors/Narva_paraad_L1_15_02_2... (PDF)

18:00 Independence Day concert and formal reception hosted by the President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves at the Jõhvi Concert Hall
Pargi 40, Jõhvi
We ask that the press arrive no later than 17:00
Information: Public Relations Adviser to the President Toomas Sildam, tel. +372 631 6218, mob. +372 502 6840 and head of the Public Relations Department Piret Pert, press@vpk.ee, tel. +372 631 6229, mob. +372 525 2001 
Accreditation required!

Programme:
- President of the Republic’s speech and concert
- President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves will greet guests
- Formal reception of the President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves


During the President’s formal reception, journalists will have access to a temporary press centre.
The formal events will be attended by the President of the Republic, the speaker of the Riigikogu, the Prime Minister, members of the government and Riigikogu and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Traffic management and parking information in Narva: Ida prefecture Narva Police Department Chief Sergei Andrejev, sergei.andrejev@politsei.ee, tel. +372 357 6001 and Narva Architecture and City planning deputy director Natalja Šibalova, natalja.shibalova@narva.ee, tel. +372 359 9171


Additional accreditation information:
Tiiu Stumbur
+372 637 7611
+372 5660 1117
Foreign Ministry Public Diplomacy Department

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