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Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association

02.02.2021

Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association celebrates its 20th anniversary 

Today, 20 years ago, on the day of the Tartu Peace Treaty on 02.02.2001, Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) was founded.

The Association is one of the members of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) that consists of 37 members.

The aim of the EATA is to strengthen the bond between the citizen and the state by helping to grow the willingness to protect and through that strengthening the sovereignty. Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association is working towards supporting NATO as one of the main security guarantees and to value the contribution of people into the state defence. By now the civic association has been active for 20 years and consists of 259 members from different fields.

Member of EATA and former Minister of Defence Jüri Luik has said: “It is good to note that the forces of our allies cheer along to the life of Estonian and the people take them as a natural part of the Estonian defence forces”. Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association has contributed to this.

Throughout the years the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association has put more attention on the youth and through that focused on securing the future of Estonia. The Members of the Association give the lessons of state defence, organise summers schools for history and for social studies, contribute to cyber security and comprehensive national defence.

Chairman of Council of EATA and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson: “To me, it is extremely important that the will to protect strengthens in our younger generation. The basis of the national defence capability is the readiness to defend their homeland”, noted Mihkelson.

Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association is one of the few civic associations who have focused their information campaign towards the russian speaking population. This enabled a high support for Estonia to join NATO. The Association has done a video lecture in Estonian https://youtu.be/c8D8Pn8oX3g as well as for the anniversary a video lecture with Russian subtitles https://youtu.be/htLUabuEyKE on NATO and information warfare.

The highlights of the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association´s history can be seen at the EATA20 timeline, that covers the development of the Association as well as NATO: https://youtu.be/WemjNCwk3IQ

The Association would like to thank its members, volunteers and co-operation partners.

For the Anniversary we have conducted interviews with our members. Every week we publish a new interview at the homepage of EATA: https://www.eata.ee/en/eata-20/

The interview with member of EATA and the former Minister of Defence Jüri Luik can be found here: https://youtu.be/CT2dQeunxyo

More information:

Krista Mulenok,

Secretary General of Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association

info@eata.ee

mob. +372 511 8080

Media enquiries please send to info@eata.ee