TRINITI partner appointed as honorary consul of Slovenia in Estonia
Mrs. Marina Kaljurand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and Mr. Tone Kajzer, the Ambassador of Slovenia, conducted the opening ceremony of the Honorary Consulate of Slovenia in Tallinn on November 27th, 2015. TRINITI partner and Attorney-at-Law Tõnis Tamme took the oath of the Honorary Consul and the consulate will be located at the TRINITI Estonia offices in the City Plaza office building at Tartu road 2 in Tallinn.
This is the first honorary consulate and at the moment also the only consular representation of the Republic of Slovenia in Estonia. Mr. Tone Kajzer, the Ambassador of Slovenia in Estonia, who resides permanently in Copenhagen, mentioned at the ceremony that the opening of the consulate is a logical follow-up to the currently closer political and economic relations between the two countries.
“Estonia and Slovenia share the same values, and as members of the EU and NATO, we are convinced supporters for upholding the provisions of international law. Within the last 25 years, our relationship has become friendly and open, and with the opening of the honorary consulate and the appointment of such a proactive honorary consul, I can see numerous possibilities for the development of economic relations – in particular in the fields of ICT, logistics, and tourism, as well as in renewable energy technologies. While Slovenia might have been a good example for Estonia in the past, now Estonia has set an example for Slovenia – we have recently conducted reforms in public administration, where, in particular, Estonia has been the country that has provided significant inspiration,” said Mr. Kajzer.
According to Mrs. Kaljurand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, who also spoke at the opening of the consulate, the relationship with Slovenia has been constantly developing and the two countries are also open to cooperation within NATO and in the EU. One example of such cooperation is the ESTPOL-1 special mission of the Police and Border Guard Board’s strike team, which is engaged in the acceptance of refugees at the border of Slovenia and Croatia and ensuring law and order.
“We certainly have room for further development of economic relations. We can see interest and potential, in particular, in the enhancement of ICT cooperation, whereas the exchange of contacts and experience has already started. Other areas within the perspective of further development are definitely logistics, tourism, as well as the pharma and food industries,” said Mrs. Kaljurand.
Advocate Tõnis Tamme, who took the oath of honorary consul, is an experienced advisor of business transactions and international infrastructure projects. He saw the focus of his activities as follows: “In addition to representing the interests of Slovenian citizens and entrepreneurs in Estonia, I can see a big potential for the development of economic relations between our countries, which is currently still of rather low-volume. The cooperation of the new Estonian airline Nordic Aviation Group with the Slovenian national carrier Adria is a good example of such new opportunities. We should also think ahead about the future Rail Baltic fast railway connection to Central Europe – though trans-European transport networks it will be connected also to the Slovenian Adriatic port of Koper, which serves oceangoing container vessels calling ports of the Far East; this could be an important connection for the logistics of the Rail Baltic, for the transit of goods from north to south.”
Mr. Samo Hribar Milič, Director General of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce who participated at the opening warmly welcomed the establishment of the Slovenian Consulate in Tallinn headed by the pro-active Honorary Consul. He highlighted the area of logistics, ICT and e-governance, among others, as the key sectors where Slovenia and Estonia could enhance the cooperation. He further draws attention to the possibility to strengthening of mutual investment among Slovenia and Estonia in certain priority sectors.
Mr. Tõnis Tamme is an Attorney-at-Law and Partner at Law Firm TRINITI. In 1994, Mr. Tamme graduated from the University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, and joined the Estonian Bar Association. He has also studied at the Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London. Over the years he has specialised in the counselling of major transport and infrastructure projects and transactions. Altogether, Mr. Tamme has advised on more than 150 transactions with a total value of over 4 billion EUR. He has been ranked as a leading and recommended professional by Chambers Global and Legal 500 in the fields of transportation, banking and finance, and real estate law.
The task of the honorary consul is to develop economic, cultural and other relations between the two countries and to protect the interests of Slovenian citizens in Estonia. The consular district of this honorary consul is the whole territory of the Republic of Estonia.