European Union Society Hosts Estonian Ambassador

Society hosts Estonian Ambassador during the EU Council presidency visit to Scotland

15 Nov 2017

The Edinburgh University European Union Society hosted the Estonian Ambassador, Her Excellency Ms Tiina Intelmann, today for a public lecture.

In her lecture, Ambassador Intelmann underlined the imperative of ensuring that the European Union remains relevant to citizens and making the benefits of the EU more concrete. She explored Estonia’s pioneering digital agenda and outlined the priorities of the country’s Digital EU Presidency. With the title of Setting Your Own Agenda in the World, Ambassador Intelmann also reflected on how Estonia, as a small European state, engages on the international stage, drawing on her considerable diplomatic experience in the UN system and OSCE. In the subsequent question and answer session, she addressed topics ranging from Crimea, relations with Russia, NATO and e-voting to the Eurozone, the EU’s external action and the future of European integration.

Ms Intelmann’s lecture came as part of the Estonian EU presidency visit to Scotland. It has been the custom for several years that the Head of Mission in London of the country holding the six-month EU Council presidency make a visit to Scotland during the course of the presidency. Ambassador Intelmann was the sixth consecutive Head of Mission to be hosted by the European Union Society, following the ambassadors of Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovakia and the high commissioner of Malta.

The event was organised and chaired by Anthony Salamone, President Emeritus of the European Union Society, with the support of the Society’s Executive Committee.

Anthony Salamone, Europa Institute Member, is PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Europa Institute is the University of Edinburgh's research centre on European integration. Founded in 1968, it is the oldest organsation of its kind in Scotland and the UK. The Institute occupies a strategic position in academic and policy debates on Europe and organises a range of events and activities for academics, practitioners and the wider public.