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PRELIMINARY NOTICE: The President of the Republic to participate in Baltic Development Forum Summit

President Rüütel will leave, on October 16, for a working visit to the Kingdom of Sweden in order to participate in Baltic Development Forum held in Stockholm. The President of the Republic will make a speech at the Forum and will meet with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and the Prime Minister of Sweden.

The official opening of the 7th Annual Baltic Development Forum Summit will take place on Sunday evening in the Swedish Parliament. Thereafter, the Estonian Head of State will attend a dinner hosted by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

On Monday morning, President Rüütel will participate in the work of the Development Forum and will make a speech at the plenary session where the main topic will focus on the boosting of the EU's new Lisbon Strategy. During the lunch the President of the Republic will meet Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and after that he will meet His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. President Rüütel will also visit the Estonian Embassy and will meet there with members of the Estonian Scientific Society in Sweden.

President Rüütel will return to Estonia late Monday night.

Baltic Development Forum ( is an independent non-profit networking organisation consisting of more than 2000 members - large companies, major cities, business associations from all over the Baltic Sea region and from further away. In 2005 the Forum will focus on the competitiveness and innovation in the Baltic Sea region during the next five years (The Baltic Sea region as a Role Model - Achieving Global Excellence in Competitiveness and Innovation by 2010). The Chairman of the Forum is the former Danish foreign minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, October 13, 2005

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