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The President of the Republic in Harju County

President Rüütel and Mrs. Rüütel today began a working visit to Harjumaa, where they meet with local people, visited enterprises and tourism facilities.

Today, in the morning, the Head of State met with Harju County’s Governor Värner Lootsman and the staff of the County Government who gave an overview of the county’s current development and its future prospectives. The issues related to the population increase in rural municipalities and the resulting problems with the construction of new roads and a railway bypass and development of enterprises were discussed at greater length.

In the words of the President of the Republic, Harju County, in comparison with other counties, has much wider opportunities, on account of which it can and has to set an example for others. President Rüütel suggested that Harju County should facilitate the establishment of high-technology enterprises, as they are much more environmentally friendly and efficient.

Thereafter, President Rüütel and Mrs. Rüütel went to North Estonian Alarm Center, where Mati Raidma, Director-General of the Rescue Board explained the structure of Estonian rescue service, and Janek Laev, the chief of the alarm center gave an overview of the center’s work. In the words of the President of the Republic, he is very pleased that citizens work hand in hand with rescue workers as that shows the existence of a high level of public spirit in Estonia.

After that, the President of the Republic and Mrs. Rüütel visited Saue, where they went to the kindergarten „Midrimaa“ and AS Paulig Baltic spice factory.

Thereafter, the presidential couple acquainted themselves with the permanent exposition of Harjumaa Museum and visited Laitse Manor.

In the afternoon, the Head of State and Mrs. Rüütel visited the studio of sculptor Tauno Kangro, the construction site of Nissi School and the organic farm AS Saidafarm.

The Head of State laid a wreath at the monument dedicated to those fallen in the Liberation War in Nissi.

Tomorrow morning President Rüütel will visit the Freedom Fighters Museum at Lagedi and the glass factory AS Klaasimeister, will participate in the ceremony of laying Kõpu Community Center’s cornerstone, and will meet with local people and the members of Habja, Kõue and Paunküla village societies.

In the afternoon, the Head of State will visit the dendrological park of Olaf Gunnar Schmeidt, Jõelähtme Golf Center, and will get acquainted with Viimsi new schoolhouse at Haabneeme, Leppeeme harbour, Viimsi St. Jacob’s church and Viimsi Open Air Museum.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, August 8, 2006

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