Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia


Address: Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn

Tel.:   (+372) 6 377 000


The Minister

Jürgen Ligi

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia


Between 1995 and 2005, Jürgen Ligi was a member of the 8th, 9th, and 10th Riigikogu, before going on to serve as the the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia until 2007. Until 2009 he was was a member of the 11th Riigikogu and from 2009 – 2014 served as the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Estonia. Since 2015, Ligi has served as the Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia.

Jürgen Ligi has been the Head of Kuressaare Branch of the EVEA Pank, the Economic Advisor  and  Business  Consultant  to  Kaarma  Rural  Municipality Government,  the  Head  of  the Kuressaare Regional Office of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chief Specialist of Saaremaa Agro-industrial Association, and the Economist of the Planning Institute of the National Planning Committee.


Estonia's Foreign Policy Objectives:

1. Ensuring national security and the indivisibility of security:

  • Predictability of international relations and a stable security space
  • Enlarging of the security space, development of partnerships
  • Strong and capable NATO
  • Strong European Union, encompassing an efficient Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) as well as a European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP)
  • Regional stability and cooperation; extensive bilateral cooperation
  • Strong alliance with the U.S.
  • Prevention of international crises as well as crisis management and participation in crisis solving operations
  • Countering of new threats (terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, threats from cyberspace, etc.)

2. Ensuring premises for the functioning of Estonian economy

  • A Functioning EU internal market
  • Reliability of Estonia’s economy
  • An effective international system for the protection of investments
  • An environment conducive to developing international trade and economic relations

3. Protection of Estonians abroad and in the context of foreign relations

  • Consular protection in countries of residence
  • Promotion of the rights of Estonian citizens abroad (the right to travel, work, stay, etc.)
  • The accessibility of information on consular issues and foreign relations
  • Coping with cross-border problems

4. Estonia’s influence and good reputation

  • Initiative in international organisations
  • Reputation of an innovative state
  • A state that shares its expertise and participates in discussions dealing with global matters
  • Estonia’s good reputation
  • Taking international responsibility and commitment

5. Promoting democracy, human rights, the rule of law, economic freedom and development

  • Promotion of the norms of international law that seek to further the principles of democracy and the rule of law
  • Promotion of the norms of international law that safeguard human rights
  • Upholding of the freedom of the press
  • Promotion of the development and enlargement of the space of values, as well as of economic freedom and free trade
  • Development cooperation, with partners acknowledging and appreciating common values, for the promotion of foreign policy objectives
  • Provision of humanitarian aid
  • Participation in peacekeeping operations and civilian reconstruction