29 March – NATO 70/Eesti 15 public event at Kalevi Sports Hall

12:00 p.l. - 5:00 p.l.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of NATO’s creation and the 15th anniversary of Estonia joining NATO. To celebrate the anniversaries in with dignity, the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association in cooperation with the NATO Headquarters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education and Research organizes a public charity event on 29 March 2019 in Kalev Sports Hall (Juhkentali 12, Tallinn).

Pre-Sale of the Blue Flower badges by volunteers of Women’s Voluntary Defence Organization is going to take place, with the aim to support the veterans of the Estonian Defence Forces and the Defence League.

14.00-15.00 Gathering, Defence Force expo
15.00-15.30 Opening speeches:
• Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia
• NATO’s representative Eric Povel
• Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser
• Chief of Staff of the Estonian Defence League
Headquarters Colonel Jaak Mee
15.30-15.50 Kahoot online-game
15.50-16.00 Introducing NATONIA game (www.natonia.ee)
16.00-16.20 Performance of the soldier’s band
16.30-17.00 Volleyball match with injured soldiers and allies
17.00-17.30 Announcing the winner of the NATO70/Estonia15 youth
creative competition:
• Lieutenant Colonel Meelis Vilippus (Council member of
Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association, Head of
Administration of the Commander of the Estonian
Defence Forces and the head of the jury of the
creative competition)
• Head of Defence League’s girls’
corps Ave Proos (announcing the special prize)
• Chancellor of Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk
17.30-18.20 Panel discussion with politicians-
• Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser, Member of
Estonian Parliament Jaak Madison, Member of
European Parliament Urmas Paet, Major General
Martin Herem, Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association
Secretary General Krista Mulenok, youth
representative Kristina Funk: “Why do I need NATO?”
Moderator: Council of Europe Youth Delegate Karl
Mattias Sepp
18.30-19.00 Musical performance- Svjata Vatra


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