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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France’s technical and administrative expertise is widely acknowledged by our Estonian partners. Academic research partnerships have been set up: between the University of Tartu and Tours and Lille Universities, between the Tallinn Technical University and INSA Lyon, and between the University of Tallinn and the IEP (Sciences Po) Dijon campus. A Hubert Curien Partnership (G.F. Parrot programme) has been established to support joint research projects, with particular emphasis on the fields of biology, health and medicine. The amount allocated for the cooperation budget of our Tallinn Embassy in 2012 was €333,000.

France plays host to some 50 Estonian students a year, ranking behind Russia, Germany, Finland, the US and Sweden.

In October 2010, Estonia joined the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) with observer status, and attended the Montreux summit. French is the second most common foreign language learned by Estonian civil servants, thanks to a language programme set up to teach 400 civil servants a year.

In October and November 2011, Paris and the Paris region hosted an Estonian cultural festival entitled Estonia Tonique. The event, the joint brainchild of the Estonian and French Culture Ministers, was designed to coincide with the celebration of Tallinn as European Capital of Culture in 2011. Estonia Tonique was an expression of Estonia’s determination to develop closer links, of the kind so far largely confined to Scandinavia, with Europe as a whole and with France in particular. Thirty or more events were organised, including an Estonian Viking ship moored on the Canal Saint-Martin. Estonian jazz, rock and folk groups - and DJs – gave concerts, showcasing the creative vitality of modern-day Estonia.

Mr. Frédéric Billet has served as France’s Ambassador to Estonia since October 2009. His counterpart, Mr.Sven Jürgenson, has served as Estonia’s Ambassador to France since December 2010

Mr. Jean-Claude Pérez, MP for the Aude, chairs the Franco-Estonian Friendship Group in the French parliament.

Mr. Jean Desessard, Senator for Paris, chairs the France-Baltic Countries Friendship Group of the Senate.

Updated on 14.12.12

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