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Minister of Defence Jüri Luik at the conclusion of the 39th Higher National Defence Course
22.10.2018|Ministry of Defence

Luik: one must understand the factors that are shaping our security environment

In his speech at the conclusion of the 39th Higher National Defence Course, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik emphasised that Estonia’s national defence model requires awareness by citizens and situational awareness by the state. Luik cited the fact that broad-based national defence requires the...
15.10.2018|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Luik met with his Italian colleague

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met on Friday, in Rome, Italy, with Italian Minister of Defence Elisabetta Trenta, to discuss the security situation in Europe and cooperation with NATO. At the meeting, Minister of Defence Luik emphasised that Estonia supports NATO's 360 degree view, in which an...
The Minister of Defence thanked Estonian servicemen serving in Afghanistan
11.10.2018|Ministry of Defence

The Minister of Defence thanked Estonian servicemen serving in Afghanistan

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik visited the Estonian servicemen serving in the NATO-led mission Resolute Support, in Afghanistan. The task of the Estonian infantry platoon is to offer force protection to allied units advising Afghan security forces. ‘Estonia is an active member of the...
11.10.2018|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Luik met with the President of Afghanistan

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met on Wednesday, in Kabul, with the President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, with whom he discussed the Afghan peace process. President Ghani first thanked Minister of Defence Luik and the Estonian service men for their contribution to the NATO-led...
10.10.2018|Ministry of Defence

Conscript's child allowance set to rise in 2019

The Ministry of Defence is preparing a draft, with which conscript’s child allowance will rise to EUR 300 per month starting in 2019. The child allowance is paid in addition to the conscript’s monthly support, which is between EUR 100 and EUR 200 per month, depending on the duration of service....
Permanent Secretary Prikk: we are strengthening defence cooperation with the British in the Baltic region
27.09.2018|Ministry of Defence

Permanent Secretary Prikk: we are strengthening defence cooperation with the British in the Baltic region

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk met yesterday with General Sir Gordon Kenneth Messenger, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom, in order to discuss defence cooperation between the two countries. According to Permanent Secretary Prikk, defence...
Luik warned of growing populism in global politics
26.09.2018|Ministry of Defence

Luik warned of growing populism in global politics

In his opening speech at the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD), Minister of Defence Jüri Luik expressed concern that populist forces have called into question the role of international organisations. ‘Those organisations were born from the ashes of World War II and are the only method for...
Next year’s defence budget will value work of a serviceman
26.09.2018|Ministry of Defence

Next year’s defence budget will value working as a servicemember

A total of EUR 585 million has been set aside for next year’s defence budget, representing more than 2.1 per cent of the forecast GDP. According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the 2019 defence budget values servicemembers, raising the average salary level of active servicemembers to 30 per cent...
21.09.2018|Ministry of Defence

Defence ministers of Estonia and Japan discussed Russia and the topic of cyber threats

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met today, in Tokyo, with Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera, in order to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and questions related to international security. This was the first trip to Japan by Estonia’s Minister of Defence. ‘Estonia shares common values...
Chancellor Prikk: we are deepening cooperation with Poland in the field of cyber defence
17.09.2018|Ministry of Defence

Chancellor Prikk: we are deepening cooperation with Poland in the field of cyber defence

At today’s meeting with Polish Deputy Minister of Defence Tomasz Zdzikot, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk discussed cooperation between the two countries in the field of cyber defence. According to Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk, Estonia...

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