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A total of 15 projects involving Estonian companies and research institutions have been awarded funding in the 2021 European Defence Fund competition for research and development projects.
22.07.2022|Ministry of Defence

The European Defence Fund competition saw the highest number of projects with Estonian participation

A total of 15 projects involving Estonian companies and research institutions have been awarded funding in the 2021 European Defence Fund competition for research and development projects. Of the 15 projects, three are being co-funded by the Ministry of Defence in the amount of nearly EUR 500,000....
Management of assets necessary for national defence to be transferred to the Centre for Defence Investment.
21.07.2022|Ministry of Defence

Management of assets necessary for national defence to be transferred to the Centre for Defence Investment

From 1 September 2022, the Centre for Defence Investment will operate as a government authority and will begin to organise – in addition to public procurement and infrastructure development within the area of government of the Ministry of Defence – requisition related activities and operational...
The area of government of the Ministry of Defence is successfully reducing its environmental footprint. Photo: Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
20.07.2022|Ministry of Defence

The area of government of the Ministry of Defence is successfully reducing its environmental footprint

Results from 2021 show that, compared to 2019, the area of government of the Ministry of Defence has reduced its carbon footprint, increased the percentage of waste collected by type, and reduced water use per person. The carbon footprint of the area of government of the Ministry of Defence was 54...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet presented mission medals to the Special Operations Forces detachment that served in Task Force Takuba, in Mali.
14.07.2022|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence awarded Task Force Takuba mission medals

Yesterday, on 13 July, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet presented mission medals to the Special Operations Forces detachment that served in Task Force Takuba, in Mali. “Estonia began contributing to Task Force Takuba in 2020, thereby significantly strengthening allied relations with France....
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06.07.2022|Ministry of Defence

Laanet: Finland and Sweden joining NATO will strengthen the security of Baltic Sea region

According to Estonia´s Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, today's decision of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) to ratify the NATO Accession Protocols with Finland and Sweden will help pave the way for the two neighbouring countries to become members of the Alliance. "It is important to note that...
01.07.2022|Ministry of Defence

Laanet at the Madrid Summit: We have moved from NATO Forward Presence to a Forward Defence posture

According to Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, important decisions were taken at the NATO summit in Madrid to strengthen the defensive posture of the Alliance, with the UK playing a key leadership role. “We are completely satisfied with what was decided in Madrid – in essence, the Estonian...
Estonian Minister of Defence, Kalle Laanet and Latvian Minister of Defence, Artis Pabriks.
30.06.2022|Ministry of Defence

Estonia plans to acquire mid-range air defence system with Latvia

Estonian Minister of Defence, Kalle Laanet and Latvian Minister of Defence, Artis Pabriks today signed a letter of intent at the NATO Summit in Madrid to create a legal framework for a joint procurement of Estonian and Latvian mid-range air defence systems. "NATO Summit has sent a clear message...
29.06.2022|Ministry of Defence

Historic decisions in Madrid today on strengthening NATO's Eastern Flank and the defence of Estonia

Madrid, 29 June 2022 – Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that at today’s NATO summit in Madrid, Allies were completely united and there has been a significant shift in NATO’s mindset: Russia has become the major threat to NATO and its allies...
17.06.2022|Ministry of Defence

Laanet at the meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence: credible deterrence ensures security

Yesterday at the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, the strengthening of NATO’s deterrence and defence posture and common funding were discussed. The central topics of the meeting were Russia’s war against Ukraine and preparations for the Madrid Summit. “Russia’s goals for Europe are...
Defence Ministers from Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) nations met in Norway. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold, Norwegian Armed Forces
17.06.2022|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet in Oslo: Defence cooperation between the Member States of the Joint Expeditionary Force is strong

Defence Ministers from Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) nations met in Oslo, Norway, on 14–15 June to discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine on European security and ways to strengthen security in the region in cooperation with NATO. During the table-top exercise the role of the JEF in the Baltic...

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