International conference THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL at the Estonian National Library (Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn) on 27 January 2018 at 12.00. The conference will remember Peeter Luksep, leader of the Estonian community in Sweden.

 

WELCOMING WORDS

 

Tunne Kelam

ESTONIA

 

1959 Graduated from Tartu University as a historian. By the end of the 1980s he had become one of the leading advocates for the restoration of independence in Estonian society. He was founder and member of the executive of the Estonian National Independence Party (1988–1995), the first registered noncommunist political party in the USSR. In 1992, he was elected chairman of the Congress of Estonia, the alternative parliament that confronted the puppet Supreme Soviet. He has been a member of the Estonian Parliament (1992–2004), and since 2004 Tunne Kelam has been a member of the European Parliament (EPP) Group. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, subcommittee of Security and Defence. Tunne Kelam is one of the initiators of the European Parliament’s resolution on European Conscience and Totalitarianism (2009) and the EU report on Cyber Security and Defence.

 

    

 

PEETER LUKSEP – A FORERUNNER OF MUTUAL TRUST

 

Gunnar Hökmark

SWEDEN

 

One of the initiators of the Monday meetings. 1982-2004 a member of the Swedish Parliament. 1991-2000 the Secretary General of the Moderate Party. Since 2004 he is a member of the European Parliament where he is a member of the delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and active in the Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly.

 

    

 

 

THE ESTONIAN EXILE COMMUNITY IN THE 1980-1990S AND ITS IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF THE NATION

 

Mart Laar

ESTONIA

 

Mart Laar was the Prime Minister of Estonia from 1992 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2002 and Minister of Defence of Estonia in 2011 to 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of Supervisory Board of Bank of Estonia. Laar graduated from Tartu University in 1983, received his masters degree from the same university in 1995 and PhD in 2005. Mart Laar is also a fruitful author having written several books, mostly about history. 4 In the beginning of 2008 Mart Laar established Foundation for the Investigation of Communist Crimes which purpose is to diffuse knowledge and increase international understanding of the crimes against humanity committed by violent communist regimes across the globe. He has been nominated with the CATO Institute Milton Friedman Award for advancing liberty in 2006 and Acton Institute’s Faith and Freedom Award in 2007.

 

    

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:

THE LEGACY OF THE MONDAY MEETINGS

Moderated by Toomas Tiivel, former Estonian Ambassador in Latvia and Sweden

 

 

Toomas Tiivel

ESTONIA

 

Toomas Tiivel is a biologist and diplomat. He studied biology at the University of Tartu (1975). In 1974–1989 he worked at the Estonian Academy of Sciences as a biologist and researcher. Doctor of Philosophy (1985). He has been in charge of the Estonian Academy Publishers. He was elected as the Head of the Chair of Biology, University of Tartu, and Professor in 1993– 1997. 1992–2006 Head of Office, Chief Inspector and Director General of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. 1994–1998 Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia in the Republic of Latvia and 2000–2004 in the Kingdom of Sweden. 2008–2010 EXPO 2010 Estonia Director General in Shanghai. He has held lectures and written and translated several books.

 

 

 

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Göran Lennmarker

SWEDEN

 

Göran Lennmarker is Swedish moderate politician. 1991-2010 a member of the Riksdag. 2006-2010 the Chair of the Riksdag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is the Chairman of SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)’s Governing Board and the chairman of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. The member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly since 1995, President of the Assembly in 2006 and in 2007 and nominated President Emeritus in 2008. The Assembly’s Special Representative on the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict and on the conflicts on Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

Jüri Adams

ESTONIA

 

Before the restoration of Estonia’s independence, Jüri Adams participated in the resistance movement and the underground free press. Among other things, he translated the MRP secret protocols into the Estonian language. In 1978 he founded the publication “Additions to the free spread of thoughts and news in Estonia”. In 1988 he was among the authors of the ERSP programme and statutes, and the founders of the party, afterwards vice chairman of ERSP. 1991–1992 Member of the Constitutional Assembly and the chief drafter of Estonia’s constitution. 1992–2003 Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th compositions of the Riigikogu; chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee for the 7th and 9th compositions. 1994–1995 Minister of Justice for the Andres Tarand government. From 2015 again member of the Riigikogu. Jüri Adams is among the founders of the Jaan Tõnisson Institute and vice chairman of its supervisory board since 2007.

 

 

 

Atis Lejiņš

LATVIA

 

Atis Lejiņš is a founder of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in 1992 and was director from 1992-2011. He was born in Latvia during the Second World War, he studied and worked in Australia, the USA, and Sweden before returning to Latvia after the restoration of independence in 1991. He was elected to the 10th Saeima (Latvian parliament) in October 2010 and serves in the European Affairs and Foreign Relations committees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mari-Ann Kelam

ESTONIA

 

Born in Germany in an Estonian war refugee camp. Her family moved to the US where Mari-Ann was educated and lived until the restoration of independence in Estonia. In the 1980s she was a member and vice president of the central organisation of the US Estonian community, organised support for the independence efforts of the Baltic countries and communicated information on Estonia to the Western public. 1990–1992 Delegate to the Congress of Estonia and member of the Committee of Estonia. In 1993 she returned to Estonia permanently and worked as the press representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a member of the Estonian National Independence Party and has been the foreign secretary of the party. Member of the 9th and 11th compositions of the Riigikogu. She has been awarded the Order of the National Coat of Arms, 4th class, and the Canadian Estonians decoration.

 

 

 

 

BREAK 14.30-15.30

 

WELCOMING WORDS

 

Viktória Jančošeková

SLOVAKIA

 

Viktória Jančošeková, studied History at Trnava University in Slovakia. Since finishing her studies, she has worked in Slovak politics. During the transformation and integration period of Slovakia (1998–2006), she led the Office and the Advisory board of the then prime minister of Slovakia, Mikuláš Dzurinda. She also worked in the Preparatory Committee for the Bush – Putin Summit which took place in Bratislava in 2005. After this, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Slovak Parliament. Viktória also has experience working in the non-governmental sector: she ran the Institute for Policy and Reforms where her focus was on civic education. Currently she heads the WMCSE President`s Mikuláš Dzurinda Office

 

 

 

PEETER LUKSEP – A PARAGON OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

 

Ioannis Papageorgiou

GREECE

 

Ioannis Papageorgiou studied law at the University of Athens. He holds postgraduate degrees in comparative politics from the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and in development cooperation from Université Libre de Bruxelles, from which he also received his PhD in the field of regional integration. He has taught migration issues at the University of the Aegean and is currently Assistant Professor on European politics and the European Political System at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research areas are European political integration, regional integration in other areas of the world, immigration policy and international humanitarian and refugee law. He was an activist in the federalist movement (UEF and JEF), previously Secretary General and, later on President of the Young European Federalists.

 

    

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:

WILL BELIEF IN DEMOCRATIC VALUES SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY?

Moderated by Evelyn Kaldoja, journalist

 

 

Evelyn Kaldoja

ESTONIA

 

Postimees journalist Evelyn Kaldoja graduated from the University of Tartu in 2007 with a master’s degree in comparative political science. Since 2004 she works for Postimees as a journalist and has been the head of the foreign editorial office of the newspaper since 2007. Kaldoja has been the editor of Eesti Üliõpilasleht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Mart Nutt

ESTONIA

 

Long-term member of the Riigikogu since 1992. He has been a member of the Constitutional Committee and the European Union Affairs Committee of all the compositions of the Riigikogu. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Tartu as a historian and ethnographer and completed postgraduate studies at the same university in 1988. In 2011 he defended his doctoral thesis “Power of Estonian Parliament, the Formation and Implementation of the Foreign Relations” at the Tallinn University of Technology. From 2011 member of the supervisory board of the Institute of Human Rights. 2007–2008 Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Darfur mission. 1998–2013 Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

 

 

 

 

Ivan Shyla

BELARUS

 

Ivan Shyla is born in 1990. From 2007 to 2013 he was a vice-chairman of Young Front, biggest oppositional youth movement. He was in prison, as well as expelled from primary school, then faced a political draft to army and more than 100 detentions by police. Now he is a journalist at Belsat TV, the only independent TV station in Belarus (but technically, located in Poland). He has also worked as an analyst for Centre of New Ideas (Belarus). He is writing about transformation in Belarus and post-soviet countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Fredrik Norberg

SWEDEN

 

Fredrik Norberg has a special interest in the democratic development of Eastern European countries. After the occupation of Crimea, he helped to organise the revival of the Swedish “Monday meetings” held in remembrance of the Baltic States freedom movement in Sweden. The goal was to muster Swedish grassroot support for the democratic movement in Ukraine. He also visited Ukraine Euromaidan revolution in 2014 as a representative of the Confederation of Swedish Conservative and Liberal Students. Fredrik is graduating his studies at political science, national security policy and crisis management.

 

 

 

 

 

Giorgi Baramidze

GEORGIA

 

Giorgi Baramidze is a Georgian politician who served as Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia and State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration from 2004 to 2012. On October 21, 2012, he was elected as a vice-speaker of the Parliament of Georgia. 2012 – 2016 he was a Member of Parliament, Vice-Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia. Since 2016 he is a member of UNM Political Council, 11 UNM Chief Policy Adviser on Defence and Security. 2006 he was awarded The Grand Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania by the President of Lithuanian Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLOSING REMARKS

 

Trivimi Velliste

ESTONIA

 

Chairman of the Pro Patria Institute and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is one of the founders of the heritage protection movement and Estonian Citizens’ Committees Movement. He was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia for 1992–1994, the ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the UN for 1994–1998. Velliste was a member of the defence commission in the Riigikogu and one of the leaders of the Baltic Assembly, and Chairman of the parliament’s National Heritage union for 1999–2011. Velliste is the chairman or honorary chairman of many associations. Ambassador Velliste is currently involved in the Estonian War Museum and is one of the leaders

of the Patarei Sea Fortress development project.

 

    

 

 

17.30 RECEPTION

Recollections of Peeter,

music.

 

The event is organised by the Pro Patria Institute in collaboration with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. The event is hosted by MEP Tunne Kelam. This event receives financial support from the European Parliament. Sole liability rests with the organisers, the European Parliament is not responsible for the activity.

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International conference THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL at the Estonian National Library (Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn) on 27 January 2018 at 12.00. The conference will remember Peeter Luksep, leader of the Estonian community in Sweden.

 

WELCOMING WORDS

 

Tunne Kelam

ESTONIA

 

1959 Graduated from Tartu University as a historian. By the end of the 1980s he had become one of the leading advocates for the restoration of independence in Estonian society. He was founder and member of the executive of the Estonian National Independence Party (1988–1995), the first registered noncommunist political party in the USSR. In 1992, he was elected chairman of the Congress of Estonia, the alternative parliament that confronted the puppet Supreme Soviet. He has been a member of the Estonian Parliament (1992–2004), and since 2004 Tunne Kelam has been a member of the European Parliament (EPP) Group. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, subcommittee of Security and Defence. Tunne Kelam is one of the initiators of the European Parliament’s resolution on European Conscience and Totalitarianism (2009) and the EU report on Cyber Security and Defence.

 

    

 

PEETER LUKSEP – A FORERUNNER OF MUTUAL TRUST

 

Gunnar Hökmark

SWEDEN

 

One of the initiators of the Monday meetings. 1982-2004 a member of the Swedish Parliament. 1991-2000 the Secretary General of the Moderate Party. Since 2004 he is a member of the European Parliament where he is a member of the delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and active in the Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly.

 

    

 

 

THE ESTONIAN EXILE COMMUNITY IN THE 1980-1990S AND ITS IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF THE NATION

 

Mart Laar

ESTONIA

 

Mart Laar was the Prime Minister of Estonia from 1992 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2002 and Minister of Defence of Estonia in 2011 to 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of Supervisory Board of Bank of Estonia. Laar graduated from Tartu University in 1983, received his masters degree from the same university in 1995 and PhD in 2005. Mart Laar is also a fruitful author having written several books, mostly about history. 4 In the beginning of 2008 Mart Laar established Foundation for the Investigation of Communist Crimes which purpose is to diffuse knowledge and increase international understanding of the crimes against humanity committed by violent communist regimes across the globe. He has been nominated with the CATO Institute Milton Friedman Award for advancing liberty in 2006 and Acton Institute’s Faith and Freedom Award in 2007.

 

    

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:

THE LEGACY OF THE MONDAY MEETINGS

Moderated by Toomas Tiivel, former Estonian Ambassador in Latvia and Sweden

 

 

Toomas Tiivel

ESTONIA

 

Toomas Tiivel is a biologist and diplomat. He studied biology at the University of Tartu (1975). In 1974–1989 he worked at the Estonian Academy of Sciences as a biologist and researcher. Doctor of Philosophy (1985). He has been in charge of the Estonian Academy Publishers. He was elected as the Head of the Chair of Biology, University of Tartu, and Professor in 1993– 1997. 1992–2006 Head of Office, Chief Inspector and Director General of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. 1994–1998 Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia in the Republic of Latvia and 2000–2004 in the Kingdom of Sweden. 2008–2010 EXPO 2010 Estonia Director General in Shanghai. He has held lectures and written and translated several books.

 

 

 

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Göran Lennmarker

SWEDEN

 

Göran Lennmarker is Swedish moderate politician. 1991-2010 a member of the Riksdag. 2006-2010 the Chair of the Riksdag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is the Chairman of SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)’s Governing Board and the chairman of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. The member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly since 1995, President of the Assembly in 2006 and in 2007 and nominated President Emeritus in 2008. The Assembly’s Special Representative on the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict and on the conflicts on Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

Jüri Adams

ESTONIA

 

Before the restoration of Estonia’s independence, Jüri Adams participated in the resistance movement and the underground free press. Among other things, he translated the MRP secret protocols into the Estonian language. In 1978 he founded the publication “Additions to the free spread of thoughts and news in Estonia”. In 1988 he was among the authors of the ERSP programme and statutes, and the founders of the party, afterwards vice chairman of ERSP. 1991–1992 Member of the Constitutional Assembly and the chief drafter of Estonia’s constitution. 1992–2003 Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th compositions of the Riigikogu; chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee for the 7th and 9th compositions. 1994–1995 Minister of Justice for the Andres Tarand government. From 2015 again member of the Riigikogu. Jüri Adams is among the founders of the Jaan Tõnisson Institute and vice chairman of its supervisory board since 2007.

 

 

 

Atis Lejiņš

LATVIA

 

Atis Lejiņš is a founder of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in 1992 and was director from 1992-2011. He was born in Latvia during the Second World War, he studied and worked in Australia, the USA, and Sweden before returning to Latvia after the restoration of independence in 1991. He was elected to the 10th Saeima (Latvian parliament) in October 2010 and serves in the European Affairs and Foreign Relations committees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mari-Ann Kelam

ESTONIA

 

Born in Germany in an Estonian war refugee camp. Her family moved to the US where Mari-Ann was educated and lived until the restoration of independence in Estonia. In the 1980s she was a member and vice president of the central organisation of the US Estonian community, organised support for the independence efforts of the Baltic countries and communicated information on Estonia to the Western public. 1990–1992 Delegate to the Congress of Estonia and member of the Committee of Estonia. In 1993 she returned to Estonia permanently and worked as the press representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a member of the Estonian National Independence Party and has been the foreign secretary of the party. Member of the 9th and 11th compositions of the Riigikogu. She has been awarded the Order of the National Coat of Arms, 4th class, and the Canadian Estonians decoration.

 

 

 

 

BREAK 14.30-15.30

 

WELCOMING WORDS

 

Viktória Jančošeková

SLOVAKIA

 

Viktória Jančošeková, studied History at Trnava University in Slovakia. Since finishing her studies, she has worked in Slovak politics. During the transformation and integration period of Slovakia (1998–2006), she led the Office and the Advisory board of the then prime minister of Slovakia, Mikuláš Dzurinda. She also worked in the Preparatory Committee for the Bush – Putin Summit which took place in Bratislava in 2005. After this, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Slovak Parliament. Viktória also has experience working in the non-governmental sector: she ran the Institute for Policy and Reforms where her focus was on civic education. Currently she heads the WMCSE President`s Mikuláš Dzurinda Office

 

 

 

PEETER LUKSEP – A PARAGON OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

 

Ioannis Papageorgiou

GREECE

 

Ioannis Papageorgiou studied law at the University of Athens. He holds postgraduate degrees in comparative politics from the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and in development cooperation from Université Libre de Bruxelles, from which he also received his PhD in the field of regional integration. He has taught migration issues at the University of the Aegean and is currently Assistant Professor on European politics and the European Political System at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research areas are European political integration, regional integration in other areas of the world, immigration policy and international humanitarian and refugee law. He was an activist in the federalist movement (UEF and JEF), previously Secretary General and, later on President of the Young European Federalists.

 

    

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:

WILL BELIEF IN DEMOCRATIC VALUES SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY?

Moderated by Evelyn Kaldoja, journalist

 

 

Evelyn Kaldoja

ESTONIA

 

Postimees journalist Evelyn Kaldoja graduated from the University of Tartu in 2007 with a master’s degree in comparative political science. Since 2004 she works for Postimees as a journalist and has been the head of the foreign editorial office of the newspaper since 2007. Kaldoja has been the editor of Eesti Üliõpilasleht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Mart Nutt

ESTONIA

 

Long-term member of the Riigikogu since 1992. He has been a member of the Constitutional Committee and the European Union Affairs Committee of all the compositions of the Riigikogu. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Tartu as a historian and ethnographer and completed postgraduate studies at the same university in 1988. In 2011 he defended his doctoral thesis “Power of Estonian Parliament, the Formation and Implementation of the Foreign Relations” at the Tallinn University of Technology. From 2011 member of the supervisory board of the Institute of Human Rights. 2007–2008 Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Darfur mission. 1998–2013 Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

 

 

 

 

Ivan Shyla

BELARUS

 

Ivan Shyla is born in 1990. From 2007 to 2013 he was a vice-chairman of Young Front, biggest oppositional youth movement. He was in prison, as well as expelled from primary school, then faced a political draft to army and more than 100 detentions by police. Now he is a journalist at Belsat TV, the only independent TV station in Belarus (but technically, located in Poland). He has also worked as an analyst for Centre of New Ideas (Belarus). He is writing about transformation in Belarus and post-soviet countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Fredrik Norberg

SWEDEN

 

Fredrik Norberg has a special interest in the democratic development of Eastern European countries. After the occupation of Crimea, he helped to organise the revival of the Swedish “Monday meetings” held in remembrance of the Baltic States freedom movement in Sweden. The goal was to muster Swedish grassroot support for the democratic movement in Ukraine. He also visited Ukraine Euromaidan revolution in 2014 as a representative of the Confederation of Swedish Conservative and Liberal Students. Fredrik is graduating his studies at political science, national security policy and crisis management.

 

 

 

 

 

Giorgi Baramidze

GEORGIA

 

Giorgi Baramidze is a Georgian politician who served as Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia and State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration from 2004 to 2012. On October 21, 2012, he was elected as a vice-speaker of the Parliament of Georgia. 2012 – 2016 he was a Member of Parliament, Vice-Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia. Since 2016 he is a member of UNM Political Council, 11 UNM Chief Policy Adviser on Defence and Security. 2006 he was awarded The Grand Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania by the President of Lithuanian Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLOSING REMARKS

 

Trivimi Velliste

ESTONIA

 

Chairman of the Pro Patria Institute and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is one of the founders of the heritage protection movement and Estonian Citizens’ Committees Movement. He was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia for 1992–1994, the ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the UN for 1994–1998. Velliste was a member of the defence commission in the Riigikogu and one of the leaders of the Baltic Assembly, and Chairman of the parliament’s National Heritage union for 1999–2011. Velliste is the chairman or honorary chairman of many associations. Ambassador Velliste is currently involved in the Estonian War Museum and is one of the leaders

of the Patarei Sea Fortress development project.

 

    

 

 

17.30 RECEPTION

Recollections of Peeter,

music.

 

The event is organised by the Pro Patria Institute in collaboration with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. The event is hosted by MEP Tunne Kelam. This event receives financial support from the European Parliament. Sole liability rests with the organisers, the European Parliament is not responsible for the activity.